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March 10, 2010

These pictures represent an array of incomplete collages. They all have a basic composition, but need added elements to “finish” them. I will need to sit down with these in the studio for a day or two in order to see what they need for resolution. It’s a fun project that will help me calm down from my current feelings of frustration. Here’s why:

For the past three days I’ve been frantically looking for my newest completed collages — about a dozen of them. I have turned my studio upside down looking for them. I’ve looked through every bin and every drawer in the studio at least three times each, and still no luck. I had them together in a stack with a big paper clip, because about half of them had not been scanned. (Yes, I looked in the office where the scanner is, and they aren’t there either.)

I know this is a scenario that plays itself out in everyone’s life from time to time. I am trying to be philosophical about it, but still I am:

  • Frustrated that I can’t put my hands on these pieces of art, some of which I really do love.
  • Determined to keep racking my brain to figure out what I could have done with them.
  • No — make that obsessed!
  • Angry at myself for either being too distracted, or too disorganized, or both.

The last time I saw them was when I was sprucing up my studio for the visit from several local friends. That was the day that I unpacked all of my big paintings so I could stack them against the wall for display. I had looked at the stack of collages and decided they probably wouldn’t care to look through those. And so I put them aside in preparation for our visit. No doubt in a very safe place! If anyone knows where I might look for them, please tell me, OK?

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  1. March 11, 2010 2:51 am

    Stretched canvas on a frame has a hollow side. If they got stuck in there, you wouldn’t see them because you don’t expect them there. —
    Are there larger pieces of furniture you could have pushed them under or laid on top, out of sight? Or — as they are flat — behind it. My favourite trick on myself.

    • March 11, 2010 1:53 pm

      Eva, I was sure I had replied to your comment. Maybe I didn’t hit the button. You got me thinking! I followed your advice last night, and it turns out that when you read my next post you were very close!!

  2. March 11, 2010 3:06 am

    Well Candy, that’s very likely how it will go down. You’ve all made me feel so much better already. Just need to work on something else and shift gears for a while.

  3. March 11, 2010 7:12 am

    martha…i’m sure you checked behind all the new paintings that you wanted to show? did you check the non studio portions of your house? i’ve put art down in the laundry room, on top of the fridge, etc. but i’ve also been obsessively looking for something and it was actually right where i was looking. i didn’t see it. don’t forget the possibility you may just be remembering them clipped together and in fact they may not be. that may have been just the last time you were conscious of them. or else that clip has them attached to(read: hiding behind) something else.
    oh…good luck. i do this more often with some cool little bit i set out thinking ‘this way, i’ll know right where it is’ instead of putting it in with the rest of like things. that’s usually the last time i see it til my dog comes in chewing on it.

    • March 11, 2010 2:01 pm

      Melissa, that’s a huge help. You are so right! Turns out you were on the money about that. I was looking for mounted collages, because I thought some of them were. But they weren’t mounted, which meant they were much smaller dimensionally than the stack I was imagining.

  4. March 11, 2010 7:38 am

    Maybe you’ve already tried this, but when it happens to me I go to sleep that night, and just before drifting off I will think of the thing I am looking for, and then tell myself to remember where I could’ve put it. Usually I wake up thinking of some other place to look, or something to move and then I can find it within a day.

  5. March 11, 2010 12:48 pm

    Was there anything in your studio that you needed to return to another part of the house? If there was, you may have wandered off to a another room with them in your hand…
    Good luck tracking ’em down Martha.

    • March 11, 2010 1:56 pm

      Yep, sounds like me, Cath! I did follow that train of thought, but without finding them. That’s usually what happens.

  6. March 11, 2010 2:25 pm

    How awful that feels, but what works for me is:

    I look everywhere possible, then do some things that are very distracting and maybe enjoyable (like paint or check my email). They always show up the next day. Hope it works for you.

    • March 11, 2010 2:29 pm

      Yes, it does feel awful, Caroline! I drove myself and my husband crazy. I decided to let it go and just shift gears for the evening last night. It must have helped, because I found them early this morning! Thank you for your concern.

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