Of course animals are a central theme in my art, I only had cats, and a mouse in a cage at some point as a child and actually really hankered after a pony. These were the days when you could win a pony in a WH Smith competition. It was so exciting entering a competition and envisaging the fantastic result of winning. Unfortunately I did not win, but with only a standard garden mostly cultivated with vegetables it probably would not have survived very well.
Horses have an array of colour names bay, chestnut, piebald (black and white), skewbald (brown and white), no such thing as white – that is called grey, dappled, with other attributes such as stars, socks and blazes, but one of the most beautiful is the palomino. At first you might think it is a breed, it is so distinctive, but it is a name for an arrangement of colour.
I collect brooches, do you collect anything? If so what do you think makes you a collector? It seems that collectors fit into some general categories. I am an incidental collector, I really did not mean to collect brooches, the collection just evolved organically as they say.
I have just counted 30 although there are probably some pinned to jackets somewhere, they range from Noddy and a St Johns Ambulance badge from when I was a child, to some very stylish and also some expensive ones that I have been bought over the years including many given to me for different birthdays (well, there have been a few).
Some people actively search for the things that they collect and enjoy it as a nice hobby. On the other hand it could be a habit difficult to break and a compulsion, and then at the extreme end of the scale there is hoarding…..Freud has a few weird things to say about collecting too.
On a lighter note ACEO stands for Artists Cards Editions and Originals and these simply have to be 3.5 x 2.5″. Their existence has enabled all sorts of people access to original art. Thanks to Lisa Luree she got them started when she wanted to get around a rule for another type of card called Artists Trading Cards which could ONLY be traded. ACEO’s look great put into a mount with a large border and framed or more commonly people collect them into folders rather like the pokemon collection albums our children had ….well actually I have their pokemon collection now since they wanted rid of it years ago. I wonder if that counts, well no I did not actually collect them did I?
Remember Charizard 120HP?