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Come on out and meet some of the local Grand Junction artists this weekend for the biannual Studio Tours. Artists are once again opening up their studios for the public to come see them at work in their studios and homes. You’ll be amazed at the talent in this valley! Click here to download a map:
http://www.artspacecolorado.org
I’ll be at the Artist’s Haven so stop by and visit. (The Artist’s Havens new location is where harbert Lumber used to be on North Avenue)

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I feel like this year we skipped Spring? This collage I created in January sitting at my desk looking out into my back yard, with my toes on the heater. It was cold and I was looking forward to seeing the little signs of Spring. By March we already had record high tempartures in the 70’s and now 80’s here in April. Even my youngest daughter feels that something is out of balance. She said to me the other day: “If it is this hot now mommy, what is summer going to be like?” I’m not sure…
But here is my token to Spring however brief it was this year.

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I friend of mine introduced me to the idea of creating a collage for the things, feelings, adventure, color and people that I want to attract in my life.

It has become a New Years Collage and this is my third year creating one. I hang mine up so that I can look at it while I brush my teeth. and it serves as a affirmation of the good things I want to attract.

I read an article recently that said you should create this kind of collage and then hide it away and only then will the good things come to you because you are not thinking about it.

I think the opposite is true for me it helps me to look at the collage to remind myself of the things I’m hoping to attract and it helps me stay more focused.

Here is the one I made for this year….

New Years Collage

It’s a visual goal-settting project if you will.  Give it a try. 
 
All you need is a good pile of magazines, a glue stick, and a large piece of drawing paper.
 
 Thumb through the magazines absent-mindedly and pull out any images that speak to you.  
 
 Then on the large piece of drawing paper start laying out the images and arranging them. 
 
A lot of times I end up arranging them by color.   I like to lay out all the images before I glue any of them down, but sometimes I still decide to move some images after I already glued them, then I just use a sharp knife to free the image and move it to where I want it.
 
Last hang where you will see it often. 
 
Have fun and let me know how turned out.

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"From Here to There"

I’m always very productive in the Fall, I guess it’s because there is less gardening to do. I finished this collage that I titiled “From Here to There.” I think it is fun to think about where I’ve been, where I am now and where I’m going. We all travel through life on our own paths, and this collage is a reflection of that journey, my journey. At this point in time I’m a little confused about my direction…I guess we all are at times. Creatiing this collage helped me gain some focus, and focus was sorely needed.

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I’ve been busy trying to coordinate my web presence. I’m aming for a more unified “look” between my pages, and I decided to go ahead and add a gallery of all my collages to my website! So take a look:) 
http://www.majasommersted.com

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“Gold Stars and Butterflies” 2011

“Eye of the Storm”  2011

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Correspondence through handwritten letters is almost a thing of the past. I will probably always cling to this more intimate way of communicating. Email and Social networks now connect us in an instant, and allows us to share thoughts and images, trivial as well as important events in our lives. But there is just something about receiving a hand written letter that I crave…
I grew up traveling with my parents. We lived in Togo, Africa, England, Denmark and The United States and correspondce through letters became a very important part of my life. I used to hand write several pages pouring out my thoughts and feeling to my cousins, and friends “back home.” I remember achingly awaiting letters in the mail, and finding a private spot to open and savour them.
In all those years of traveling and now living over seas from my Danish grandparents correspondence between us has evolved to the internet, other than Christmas and birthday cards. Last month out of the blue my grandmother sent me a letter and I almost cried to see her very slanted cursive handwriting.
That’s when I knew that I needed to creative a piece about the importance of correspondence in my life.

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I was inspired by an article in Cloth Paper Magazine titled “Versatile Identities” The article encouraged artists to draw a grayscale portrait, then copy it in different sizes and make several different collages from the same drawing.
I decided to make a self-portrait. I had fun finding the images and I gave myself a turban like a fortune teller and titled the piece is “Good Fortune.” The two birds are Dion and I and the three butterflies are my three daughters. I was a little sad that the computer print out did not stand up to the glue I used:( Maybe next time I have to print on gloss paper, or draw directly on the paper.

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"Earning My Wings"


This collage is about taking risks and learning to trust my own ability, my own creativity and my own inner artist. I’ve been having a lot of fun learning about making a collage as I go, discovering the difference in the positive and negative tear versus the sharp edge from cutting. The tissue is so tricky to work with, I find I can only use a tiny bit of glue, mixed with a tiny bit of water to smooth it down, or else I end up with a mess on my hands! Which I did several times, but then the beauty of working with collage is that you can just peal it off and try again. The most intriguing element of working with collage to me is the layering. Layer upon layer with images showing through adds mystique to the piece, the color palette being limited to the colors I can find in form of paper and magazine images. I try to establish a visual flow within the collage – a pathway if you will to lead the eye.

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Some years back now a friend told me about Etsy. For those of you who have not visited this site it is a marketplace for all things handmade! I started a shop but was not active enough to make a go of it. This time around I’m going for it. I want to realize the dream of managing to make money doing what I love.  In my shop you will find original small paintings, hand cut and printed cards, earrings and dream pillows.
The original paintings that I offer on Etsy are small scale and mostly watercolors at this point. I’ve been thinking about also putting some of my figure drawing sketches on there as well- let me know what you think.
Earrings are what I make when I’m not painting or cutting, gardening or sewing. I love looking at semiprecious stones with all the pretty colors to choose from I feel like a kid in a candy store. Again I feel my Scandinavian roots show as my designs are ususally simple and subtle, and I think very classic and elegant.
My hand cut cards are done in a very Scandinavian style. I was born in Denmark and Christmas will always be “Jul” in my mind. The art of paper cutting is called “Papirsklip” in Danish. Hans Christian Anderson the famous Danish author was also known for his skill with scissors. These cards are intensely time consuming, but so much fun to make. I hope to spread a little Danish Christmas cheer:)
Dream pillows are aromatherapy pillows filled with organic buckwheat hulls and organic lavender, or mint from my own garden. Dream pillows are little scented pillows that my girls love to have by their side as they go to sleep. The sublte scent helps them drift off to dream land.
So please take the time to visit my shop and let me know what you think!
Maja’s Arts & Crafts Shop
http://www.etsy.com/shop/msommersted

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