After a few days away from my "studio," it was wonderful to get back at it today. Here's the result, a 12 X 8" collage on cradled hardboard. I've titled it "Nerve Center."
This collage includes quite a few turn-of-the-century bits of ephemera, such as a couple of railroad company letters (the lower background) from 1909, the edge of a railroad freight tariff sheet (yellow, upper right corner) from 1910, an illustration of nerves from an old anatomy book, pieces from an Orange Premium Stamps booklet cover (date unknown), and part of a Washington state map from a 1904 atlas. The upper background portion was done using a favorite technique of mine. It's a photo from an older National Geographic magazine that's been treated with Citra-solv, a citrus-based cleaner that makes the ink in the photo run and bleed, giving it a watery look.
Below is a close-up shot...
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.