Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan: Blog en-us (C) Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) Wed, 06 Dec 2017 20:17:00 GMT Wed, 06 Dec 2017 20:17:00 GMT Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan: Blog 120 114 ART Inventory Sale Two years ago I had the opportunity for the first time to vend, show and teach my art in WA. I showed, shared and facilitated collage mostly. I also showed and sold photography.

I had a bit of a learning curve about branding, packaging, marketing, and display. Many of you suffered through some of that with me and for that I am grateful. I had art sell. Many pieces sold actually. Which makes me feel like my work is valued, and that my making is having an impression on those I share it with.

Call that audience, fans, friends who love me, or collectors. Love saying that ...collectors. You all know who you are,  ALL of you are seriously awesome. 

One thing I never want is art laying around. When I had the offer to consign with Dog And Pony Gallery - I sent collage work to Peoria, IL. When things outdated themselves at a gift shop. I removed them. And NOW in my personal inventory I have some older or previously released art pieces that I'd like to find homes for. 

All said, I am having an inventory SALE and you are invited!!

Below are  images of what is reduced in price in this post but to view closer and share with me what you have an interest in please go to this GALLERY and tell me the # that is associated with the piece. That is the simplest. 

ALL items are already packaged in 8 x 10 sleeves. The last picture, is a photograph is 8 x 10, the two photographs prior are also photographs that are 5 x 7's - some collages are small or 5x7's. 

these three collages #13,15 16 should/could be sold as a grouping of three - they go together beautifully. just a thought.

MOST pieces in this gallery are priced to sell at 50% OFF.

message me please for prices.

Update: I actually forgot to post this. oops!

Collages 1-9 are now on consignment at Pegasus Gallery in Bellingham, WA.

This one is taken









]]> (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist karen hanrahan washington Wed, 06 Dec 2017 20:17:04 GMT
The Loft I would say that this living space, my loft, is the oddest space I have ever lived in.

It's the third place I have lived since moving west.

Defined as commercial work/live dwellings. It's basically a garage, with a loft. The floor downstairs is cement, the bathroom is truck stop style complete with a shower that drains into the floor. There is one single south exposure window that is almost at ceiling level above the garage door. To open the window, you need a ladder. a 22 ft ladder. Airflow is a bit of an issue. I had a 4 ft by 10 ft screen made for the garage door. The screen is a work in progress. When it's warmer, it could not be more perfect, but it's too much screen for cooler/wetter times of the year. 

The loft part has a pane of glass that overlooks the downstairs, but it doesn't open. This at least allows the light in. Fifteen stairs up, fifteen stairs down. all day long. the upstairs is where the kitchen is, it's carpeted, and I sourced it with two hot plates.The biggest luxury is the huge stainless steel sink, a far cry from the 8x8 sink of the country studio. I had a closet built with a shelf for books. I use the space as my den and to cook.

The quiet here is indescribable. Respectful neighbors. And near an abundance of country roads and views. The foothills are moments away.

I love it. The story of how I found this spot is filled with synchronicity. 

As with most of this journey I have had moving west, sometimes I am not sure how I am pulling all of this off.

But I am. 


]]> (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist karen hanrahan washington Thu, 23 Nov 2017 20:06:54 GMT
Inspirit Form Is Now At Artsy Downtown Bellingham Gallery Pegasus is virtually representing my 22 collage collection "Inspirit - Form" at Artsy.

Be sure to click on each photo to read commentary by curator Jody Thompson. 


]]> (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist artsy gallery pegasus karen hanrahan virtual virtual gallery Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:06:26 GMT
Holiday Showings! I am very excited to share that my black and white touring collage trio will be joining the window and door collage series over at Happy Chap Creative now and at least through December.


Window And Door Series :: Tentative RealityWindow And Door Series :: Tentative Reality Window And Door Series :: The Ladder Known As MondayWindow And Door Series :: The Ladder Known As Monday Window And Door Series :: Headless PrivacyWindow And Door Series :: Headless Privacy Window And Door Series :: Bricked WildernessWindow And Door Series :: Bricked Wilderness


]]> (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist bellingham karen hanrahan washington Thu, 23 Nov 2017 18:51:20 GMT
In Praise Of Inspirit-Form The Inspirit-Form Collage Collection is down. 

A piece sold 

another is in inquiry to sell

a donation was made to the friends of the deming library

and, my best news yet

the collection has THREE bookings so far in 2018. 6 months all told.

Inspirit-Form on tour!

Does that have me feel like an artist or what!!

Here are some comments folks made:

"courageous, compelling and creative." 

"i've not seen anything like your work"  

"so unigue"

"stunning. remarkable really. well done." 

"unique,lovely and intellectual" 

"i've been to this exhibit twice now. highly recommend. striking and very unique, beautifully done"

"just discovered the clip board with the descriptions of each collage, great idea, very helpful"

"awesome and inspiring"


"very impressive work"

"so nice to see them framed and hung"

"really great"

"how much do you sell your works for?"

#3  SOLD

a wild mob rushes on. the eyes of the stampede break through the image and confront the spectator. Hanrahan;s horizontal tears help stabalize an otherwise tumultuous scene. teh image reminds us that any barriers between humanity and nature are inconsequential.

( written by curator jody thompson ) 


]]> (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist collage inspirit-form karen hanrahan washington Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:50:02 GMT
Turning The Soil The prompt invited the theme of turning the soil

when i read that,

i immediately thought of a former garden bed of irises.

at the house i no longer own.

when they first blossomed they had all of their glory.

( impressive show of iris's in their full reveal ) 


after a few years and lack of care. my lack of care. they choked on themselves. the earth around them wasn't nurtured, the roots intertwined. i spent a couple gardening weekends trying to resurrect them, but those were not bulbs that i had planted, those neglected roots were not my history, i had not placed intent or love into that garden bed. while it was a positive gesture to perhaps try and save them, the task was too much. trying to bring something back from the dead was not moving my life or my garden bed forward. I had to let it go.

( but in this year, only one stalk blossomed)


some time later i asked for help with that garden bed and digging up those bulbs, he shared that there was no saving them and i was told i had made a good gardening decision. i needed to hear that. over a longer course of time i attempted to nurture other old gardens on that property. i felt an obligation to maintain an appearance of sorts. I was a terrible gardener. I had this clarifying moment where i realized I am not a gardener. I am an artist. i should not be toiling the soil of someone else's efforts. I should be tending my own creative garden. My focus was meant to be on things I did well! 

At that time I was beginning to turn my attention to photography and collage. I was asking myself what was it about those two mediums had me feel like an artist. Perhaps an intentional focus at what I was good at would nurture the artist in me

I had to think of myself as a fresh bulb, dig in and find what lay underneath.  I had to break it apart and establish viable roots, re-plant, gently feed, aerate, and water, prepare for new seed and let my inner ideas bloom

]]> (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist karen hanrahan Sun, 05 Nov 2017 21:35:48 GMT
Twin Sisters Farmers Market FINALLY

finally, after a year and a half, I found a balanced and efficient rhythm that combines my snap/ebt benefits, my gasoline budget, my time and my grocery shopping.  

believe it or not at $6 a day in food spending dollars,

HOW i plan, spend and shop is really a bit of a dance.

Some of the farmers markets in this county are part of something called the Fresh Bucks program

This makes it possible for every dollar i spend (up to $10),  to double my local organic vegetable and fruit spending.

it's pretty darn cool.

i spend/buy $10

and get $10 MORE in food for free.

or subsidized.

when i buy food at the farmers market

in addition to getting some for free.

i also get great longevity 

out of what i buy.

for example something like 

swiss chard 

it doesn't quickly go bad like the grocery story swiss chard does.

thats because it was picked the day or day before bought it

vs having travelled from california or who knows where. 

i feel and experience a tremendous value.

and i feel a great gratitude.

i treasure this way of spending

i'd rather give what dollars i have 

to a person. or a farmer 

then a grocery store.

the season for the market closed this past saturday

below is a photo essay of this years visits to the twin sisters farmers market. 

( June - October ) 

Thank you!!



]]> (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) farmers market fresh bucks karen hanrahan photographer twin sisters market washington whatcom county Thu, 02 Nov 2017 02:31:28 GMT
Self Portrait In Chalk On Velvet Behold - a drawing I rendered in the early 90's. 

The class assignment was to replicate a famous artist in our own likeness on an 18 x 24 piece of black velvet paper. The instruction angered me. I was not skilled in chalk, I thought velvet looked cheesy. I had no interest in myself or looking at myself artistically. Plus I was not having a very good week. 

To give you perspective I was in my thirties, a mother of two. My marriage was falling apart and I was striking out on my own. Against the wishes of said husband I enrolled in art classes, and I took on a part-time job on the weekends. He had not allowed me to buy a pair of much needed shoes, thus the reason for working.  I'll just get my own shoes thank you very much. He complained about having to watch his kids while I did things that were of interest to me. 

On my way to work, I was sitting in traffic at a red light. It was raining. really really raining. The stop light was on the other side of a bridge overpass. As I looked up in my rear-view mirror a car came flying over the bridge, the three men sitting in the front seat looked as if they were on a roller coaster ride. Obviously they were going too fast. Obviously they were going to hit me, and even more obvious - there was not a single thing I could do about it. The rear end of my car was smashed all the way to the driver seat.  The airbag did not deploy, my head cracked the windshield, glasses had been flung off my head, I could not stop trembling. I was pulled out of the vehicle. I was placed on a gurney, I remember the wet and the light spin of the emergency vehicles at the scene - it rained on me for a rather long while. I was wearing my new shoes.  I don't see well without my glasses. Much was blurry. I don't recall much else - did I hit the car in front of me, were others hurt? All I know is I had to ask someone to call my work and say I couldn't make it in that day and that I had to alert my family.  I kept asking if someone had called to explain why I was late. I never saw that car again. Over and over I imagined what would have happened had either of my children been in that car.  The person who hit me of course had no insurance. My insurance did not total my vehicle. Lets add insurance stupidity to the occasion.

In ER, I got my period. ( the things we remember ) I was not allowed to get up to pee and or to take care of my bleeding. They offered me a bed pan. I was mortified. I think I was wearing tights. What a mess. My husband arrived at the hospital and just looked at me with worry in his eyes. Not the "I am with are going to be OK - we can get through this together"  sortof eyes. Just worry. I couldn't handle the worry. I needed the reassurance more than ever. We were long gone and far away from that sortof relationship.

The accident occurred on Easter weekend, and on Easter Sunday I was expected to attend a family dinner at a restaurant.  I remember the remarkable pain I was in, the chasing of my kids who were not very restaurant trained (we didn't do eating out for a reason) but hey, it was brunch, it was important to his family and there was plenty of champagne and boy my husband was having his fill of it.  I dared to mention the discomfort that I was in and I was told to take the pain meds I was given.  and while I had, the pain I felt was still indescribable - I drove home that evening because he had had too much to drink.  I could not move my neck. All I could do was look straight and there were tears streaming down my face. 

At the time I was referred to a D.O. for post accident care. I had never met him and I was not invited to see him again. He told me, I was going to hurt for a very long while. He told me to quit my job, to restrict my lifting and good luck. I had no diagnosis just a scrip for more pain killers.  

I went to my art class that week, because in that class I felt valued and I felt most like myself. I loved being a mom, but the tediousness of parts of motherhood were very soul sucking. Once I gave birth to a child. My husband vacated what I had know as a couple. I was drowning in ordinary and feeling alone in a lot of the equation. Art reminded me that I was alive. 

There I was in this class, uncomfortable and in pain and now having to do this stupid assignment.  In creating this piece I only recall that I lost myself in the assignment. The rendering flowed out of me. I was angry. Very angry, and because I was so resistant to the task - I missed what I had portrayed. Basically, I took the piece home, added it to my portfolio and never looked at it again. it was just a stupid class assignment. 

Fast forward many years later, I had put art aside. My first marriage had ended. I was on the other side of a failed second marriage. sigh. several more car accidents had occurred. I was buying my first house near where my daughter was attending college. A lot of life had passed me by. Sixteen years of life. In the move I unburied this old portfolio and pulled out this drawing. I was just in awe of what I had encapsulated of the time. 

First of all, the female form. If i had any sense of myself as a woman and my own personal beauty - it was not at that time - but the fact that I expressed such beauty, and even a small bit of nudity to me said that my strength of self as a woman was there - even if that personal strength was buried deep inside of me. Choosing Picasso and that pose was bold and courageous for me.

The actual chalking was way more skilled than I ever give or gave myself credit for - yes, it was copying another artist, but as I got to know myself as an artist - this chalking technique was rendered with my own skill and my own ideas.

Finally,  that face. oh my gosh that face. the crooked neck obviously signifying the accident, the blue hair (my favorite color), the glasses,the earrings (which I still have and wear) , the narrow skeletal structure, and the asymmetry so very important to my expression in art. that face was definitely me.

The defining moment of this chalk drawing is the pain in that face. the pain rendered of my face is so raw and so revealing. so hurt and so so so very sad.  I may have drawn in anger and resistance, but this person on this page was unhappy, and in deep deep pain. 

Since, this piece has stayed in my portfolio. I found a renewed love and appreciation for it, and a respect for the personal reveal of my art. I just have to remind myself to look with eyes that are removed somehow, perhaps detached is a better way to say that - to be detached from my life and circumstances in order to review what I create as art. 

Not always an easy thing to do. 


( chalk on velvet by Karen Hanrahan.  self-portrait rendered in the style of Picasso - 1993 )





]]> (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist karen hanrahan washington Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:25:06 GMT
7 Day Black And White Challenge In response to a FB prompt I playfully posted 7 black and white photography images to my feed. Additionally - I also made 7 black and white collages. I mean when in black and white mode ...


]]> (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist challenge collage karen hanrahan photographer Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:39:37 GMT
Autumn In Washington

]]> (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) karen hanrahan photographer Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:15:29 GMT
Window And Door Collage Series i recently created a collage series using black and white images. The magazine photographs captured windows and doors in the southwest and I morphed female forms into them. I  love the tone and individual feeling these have as well as how they reveal collectively.

Currently these will be displayed for October Art Walk and through October at Happy Chap Creative.

Window And Door Series :: The Ladder Known As MondayWindow And Door Series :: The Ladder Known As Monday Window And Door Series :: Headless PrivacyWindow And Door Series :: Headless Privacy Window And Door Series :: Bricked WildernessWindow And Door Series :: Bricked Wilderness Window And Door Series :: Tentative RealityWindow And Door Series :: Tentative Reality

]]> (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist collage karen hanrahan washington Wed, 04 Oct 2017 20:02:39 GMT
Make YOUR 2018 Calendar Using MY Photographs This make your own calendar thing using my photographs idea started casually a few years ago and has since become rather beloved.

i make a calendar for myself every year and it's a practice of pause usually.

like my bio says i take way way too many photographs. so, when one particular image leaps out at me for that designated month? and one almost always does - that is my selection method. You'd be surprised how long it takes!!

this year i made the selections on the morning of my birthday and an indulgent second cup of coffee.

These are in order of the cover, then Jan - Dec.

Interested?  Contact me. You pay me an artist fee. I don't have a set fee. If I set the fee too high - folks say stuff -  if I set the fee too low then people want to give me more.  Lets discuss - I will tell you what others have paid. I have a pay pal account and this makes paying me super easy.

How it works:  you pay me an artist fee, i send you 13 image files via email, you watch for sales at places that sell calendars - they start going on sale now - some places even offer a free calendar!! You upload my images into the template they offer and make your own!! The months are already designated in the image file so it's SUPER simple.

Happy 2018!!



]]> (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) karen hanrahan photographer washington Wed, 04 Oct 2017 02:54:25 GMT
Artist Talk And Raffle To Win A Collage Collage Artist Karen Hanrahan gives Artist Talk 

Friday October 27th at 4:30 - 6 PM

Deming Library - 5044 Mt Baker Highway

Inspirit-Form Collage Show Closing Reception.

I plan on raffling this collage that evening.

you must attend to win!!

truly hope you can join me.  

( the collage below is what a deming library noticed on FB - she invited me to show. its because of her that I have this solo exhibition! ) 


]]> (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist collage karen hanrahan washington Tue, 26 Sep 2017 20:17:45 GMT
At Make.Shift through September my collage, as it turns out, was selected for the making history exhibit at make.shift in conjunction with whatcom county museum.  very exciting to be part of a collective expression of an idea.  more so when the show is juried. it feels like getting a good grade or being part of a club or something.

i get such a thrill in participating in a hanging and seeing the public interact with my work. i don't know how to explain it. a small part of me wishes i could stand next to my art and listen to what folks experience visually.  

make.shift is a venue that i am very fond of. gritty, edgy, super arty and inspires. a making place for sure.

( i snapped the above image because i really really love the frame. I will have to find someone to replicate this for me.)

thank you make.shift for the pleasure of making history with you. 

this month, and through the end of October -- i have 35 pieces of art hanging in the area. 4 venues. wow -  i'd say that's a rather beautiful thing.

3 collages at Lenny's Bike Shop in Ferndale

9 photographs at Sumas Library

1 collage at Make.Shift

22 collages at the Deming Library

Plus older series collage works at Dog And Pony Gallery in IL 


]]> (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist collage karen hanrahan photography washington Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:57:17 GMT
Photography Show At Sumas Library - Why I Love My Community Hanging At Sumas Library through October or so

Hours M-W-Sa 10 - 5 except W 10-7

Thank you Friends Of The Sumas Library for hosting my work!

Why I Love My Community

There are people who enjoy homes that are exactly alike. Driveways that lead to battery operated garage door remotes that open doors wide and whisk one away into anonymity. I have always personally preferred the quirk and edge of peripheral living. This draw to odd has me currently living in a garage with a loft in Sumas, WA. The community of Sumas is not a destination. It’s a drive by, transient odd ghost of a town, and I love it.

I love it because of the nuggets that show up as you get to know the place. The blast of upbeat exterior music at the local convenient store/gas station, the solo blinking stop sign,  the community closet that clothes locals for free, the little dose of park near the bridge, the geeks who hang at the library playing games, the impeccable cleanliness of a new burger place, the billboard exclaiming exceptional drinking water.

I plan to open a gallery. My marketing pitch includes an emphasis on how inconvenient it is to get here. I declare it beautiful because around here you have to find the love.  Best part is that the love is here.

]]> (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) karen hanrahan photographer washington Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:23:51 GMT
Inspirit - Form At Deming Library Thank you friends of Deming Library for hosting my solo collage installation Inspirit-Form.

I thought i'd author a post on how this show came to be. 

I have been a collage artist for twenty years. In the past few years my work has become a personal narrative; highlighting the loss of a home, a broken heart, a journey west, and the challenge of making a home here in Washington. 

My collage work has grown. I've shown and sold collages. Doing so has been very inspiring!

In December I found an Audubon magazine in the free bin at the Bellingham Library. 

2017 artfully began with a decision to collage daily. 

Torn pages from that found Audubon magazine became part of early January work.

I found the work to be strong and affirming.

Thanks to FB - and a collage that I posted also made from that same magazine, I was invited to show my work at the Deming Library. A solo hanging! Imagine how honored I was. 

I decided moving forward to source part of my image inventory for this exhibition from Audubon magazines.  

Not knowing how hard Audubon's were to find, I had to put out a call for them on FB.  Friends sent me magazines from around the country to help me with my show! Even the Deming library pitched in. 

The work evolved in a very organic way. Different from my daily collage work in that it didn't necessarily follow a narrative of my day to day. It did however touch on a subconscious level some personal struggles.   

I had recently befriended a curator - Jody Thompson, and invited him to collaborate on the project. Jody is responsible for the title, and the entire written narration of this hanging. I loved working with Jody. He brought a rich and provocative commentary from an outside perspective. Experiencing his version of my collage work was very emotional for me and also very educational. Jody brought earnest and detailed attention to the many facts about the birds involved in my collage work. 

I created 22 pieces from February to June.

Inspirit-Form hangs from Sept 20th - October 28th at The Deming Library -- there is an artist talk and reception Friday October 27th at 4:30


This body of collage work is on a natural white cotton pithy 130# paper sourced by Pentalic - made in the US.  A percentage of sales from The Natural Pentalic Sketch Book Series is donated to The American Wildlife Foundation. They are framed in a 11x14 black studio frames with a black matt. 

15% of sales from this show goes to Friends Of Deming Library. 

Karen Hanrahan is a narrative collage artist and photographer.  

She is founder of Keyhole Gallery And Making Space ( inconveniently located in beautiful Sumas, Wa) home of Tailgate ArtMart. Karen is the mother of two adult children, she loves cooking from scratch, reading, taking road trips (especially here in Washington!) and she adores the color blue. 

]]> (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist collage inspirit-form karen hanrahan washington Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:11:17 GMT
Make.Shift Call For Art :: Making History I am submitting a collage to this call for art - super great art making prompt from Make.Shift Making Space 

I had to go to this neat reference library and source an old photograph. i picked this one because it was so crisp and clear. I also thought i could superimpose a modern scenario fairly simply and get the idea i had in my head into a reality or finished piece.

have to say it came together rather nicely!

not pictured here is the cheesy ornate plastic frame I put it in.

which i think was perfect for it!!

( a friend is dropping this off for me while i am off on vacation. thanks sara!! ) 



]]> (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist collage fun karen hanrahan make.shift project washington Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:08:04 GMT
Honored i belong to a FB group where folks post what they "see" in our community. the group is large, sharing, positive and kind. the range of imagery and photograph talent is vast. in this group i have felt really welcome,  and i've affirmed that my photography is unique in it's own way - my work is unlike what many others photograph.  As an artist I need that reassurance.  i have seen some remarkable photography and grown to admire many of the creatives in that group.  i've also met some of these folks, and i feel i have met some friends because of this group. which has been especially wonderful. this last month one of my images made the cover for the group page. It may seem silly but being on the cover has been such an honor for me!! 

this particular image tells a particular story, i had just moved. i moved farther into the county, as a matter of fact i moved so far north that i am just two blocks from canada. ha!! when you live this far out in the county some of your basic needs are less accessible - a grocery store for one, and a hardware store with flexible hours...another. on this day i had to go back to that big box hardware store because of one part. one single error. the round trip trek is FIFTY miles. i was SO angry.

As always nature seems to provide, and nature usually calms me - on the way back the day light at this circle intersection was so shadowy and elongated that i drove around and around snapping multiple drive by captures of it. the gesture of going around in circles just made me laugh. I felt much better.  this photograph sums it all up perfectly



]]> (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) black and white photography circle intersections fb groups karen hanrahan photographer social media washington Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:54:04 GMT
Why Make Art I have been thinking lately about the compulsion to create.  For those of us who are artists - we get it, but does someone not into making really understand?  As many years as I have been tearing found images into collages, none have felt like these recent years.  I see, think, wonder and sometimes even dream in collage.  I love this compulsion. My making process affirms itself over and over. Images choose me, and an artful flow knowingly becomes something finished. It perpetuates. THIS is why I make art. The making is very self defining

In a cerebral art world they speak to elements and principles of design. Things like line, shape and texture, color, hue, value, and space all come into play. Balance, symmetry, asymmetry. proportion, rhythm, and unity are considered. How is the piece composed? Does it follow the rules of composition? Layering can make for a very interesting collage presentation.  

I sometimes feel if I have to stumble over the correct language to describe a piece of art that it's overwhelming. I am terrible about following the rules in most aspects of my life.  Including art making and art commenting.  In college one of the big lessons in life drawing was the quality of line.  I got that, but as an artist if I wanted my line to be exaggerated or something other than what was being taught, I'd get a lower grade.  I often felt like I was put in my place. That individuality was not tolerated.  Maybe I was a bad student. I was trying even then to have my own unique signature 

I value tremendously a provocative critique offered by another that speaks to art elements and principles. I respect their grasp of the formulaic ways of describing what is art.   For me, I offer a more organic conversation, something a tad less intense.  Take a step back and notice what strikes you in an art piece. What are the shapes? The colors? What lines are you drawn to and where do those lines take you? Is the collage pretty, moody, abstract, pleasing, perhaps the piece is disturbing ? If so, why? What is the overall experience? 

When I first started to collage there were those who bravely tore paper.  I was not one of those. I used scissors for a really long time. I am clear it was a control thing. I have observed  that sometimes in my life now if I am upset that my collages will seek a layer of control and scissors will come out. An interesting thing to be a part of.  The beauty of tearing however is just that - it's risky, freeing and really fun! The edges a tear can bring to a collage....paper edges, unevenness, the white that is left behind in a tear ...all become an element of interest in a collage art piece. I love that! 

The final expression for me are the messages relayed from the subconscious mind.  This is why my work became a personal narrative.  each collage built upon another to tell the story of my days going by. I couldn't help but notice it. Sometimes i found the insight to be quite compelling. I also felt that teaching others this technique very rewarding and a great way to connect with others.

Below are two collages that are not like most of my work.

Forgive the two different times of day that I photographed these collages. The first was taken in day light, the other under a drawing light. I should go back and re-photograph these at the same time in the same light.  I'll do that and add them. A friend gave me a stack of this pithy handmade paper. it's a different color paper than i am used to working on and not necessarily a paper I would choose. But i just love it in these two pieces.

the torn edges are fantastic!!

windows are often found in my collage work

in these, the windows become part of the paper

much like i am beginning to feel at home in my new loft and studio

i feel like both of these pieces have a sense of movement.

like the windows are open and a breeze is billowing in. 

in the first collage are ink smudges of the person who gave me this paper

i wanted to include that person in my work.

thank you for this great paper









]]> (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist collage collage artist karen hanrahan pnw pnw artist washington Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:36:51 GMT
Great Hanging Gig At Mallards Ice Cream Had a 6 week hanging at Downtown Bellingham's infamous Mallard Ice Cream Parlor.

Heard of the opportunity through a friend on instagram

Super fun, vibrant, pop environment.


My white frames matched the decor!


The maple walnut ice cream is positively classic.

Here are the collages up close:

The 300 Series -- Winter Lady At DuskThe 300 Series -- Winter Lady At Dusk The 300 Series -- Super Hero BluesThe 300 Series -- Super Hero Blues The 300 Series -- Riding The Solo StormThe 300 Series -- Riding The Solo Storm The 300 Series -- Petal ScapeThe 300 Series -- Petal Scape

Unframed these are $54 plus shipping. 



]]> (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist collage collage artist karen hanrahan mallard ice cream parlor sunshine washington Wed, 02 Aug 2017 21:31:47 GMT