Four Things for Friday and an homage to Mary.

Well, it was the regular Three Things for Thursday, but then Mary Oliver died.


I am experimenting with ways to do portraits. Last week’s Elvis was one; this week’s is a marker, crosshatch approach. I need more practice; but time marches on and the blog needs posting. She was a pleasant face to draw and most likely a lovely person to know, don’t you think?

The poem is not shown at complete length.


Besides being the birthday of Oliver Hardy, which i reminded you about here, let us pause to celebrate the creations of A. A. Milne, born January 18, 1882. Which is why today is Winnie-the-Pooh Day. Now, don’t you feel better that you know that?

While some people chronicle their traveling adventures with a camera, artist Clover Robin uses a slightly less typical tool: a pair of scissors.

The London-based illustrator and designer “delights in nature and all things botanical” and is known for her creative and colorful collages that feature everything from fruits and veggies to scenes of the seaside. Never short on inspiration, she often crafts collages on-the-spot to “sketch” her surroundings, whether outside, inside, or—in the case of her recent road trip along the West Coast of Canada and the United States—from the passenger’s seat of a cruising car.

In each paper piece, she depicts a stylized scene that, to her, symbolizes every unique destination. Towering redwood trees commemorate California, while Oregon is represented by a lakeside cabin and Arizona materializes as a cluster of cacti. Though most of her road trip collages depict scenic landscapes, Robin was also inspired by less majestic encounters, like a scattered assemblage of Canadian maple leaves and even a massive pile of gooey chili cheese fries. 

Etsy site is here.