Fragments of Life

These are the fragments of my life.  Tattered, worn, wrinkled, layered, pulled apart, fragmented.  A glimpse of what came before me, what is now, and what will be left after I have gone.  What do you see?  What is hidden?  How much do I allow you to see?

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2018-05-03T13:40:08+00:00October 8th, 2010|Art Journals|24 Comments


  1. InkStainedRoni October 9, 2010 at 12:09 am - Reply

    Brian!! This is wonderful ~ I love it!!!

    • apaperbear October 9, 2010 at 12:18 am - Reply

      I am soo glad you like it Roni. It is my take on the layered ephemera post you did!

  2. Annette October 9, 2010 at 3:02 am - Reply

    Love it! It should be HUGE and hung over a sofa in a contemporary room. Miss you and hi to Ed! XO

  3. Jo October 9, 2010 at 3:08 am - Reply

    This spread reminds me of some of the telephone poles downtown where they’re plastered with posters announcing one event or another and then the poster gets torn down leaving only fragments. Finally the fire department sets the pole on fire to burn off the paper and gets some practice putting it out before the pole itself catches fire. This is like that… remnants.

  4. Bleubeard and Elizabeth October 9, 2010 at 5:57 am - Reply

    I see a hodge podge of color and pattern, mellowed with age and the elements. This is one super piece. I could never get that look, no matter how hard I tried. This is timeless, ageless, yet aged. It is super and incredible. I am in LOVE.

  5. Sherry Ball Schoenfeldt October 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    This is one I wish I could see in person! Love that you used comics – never thought of that

  6. Orly October 10, 2010 at 12:33 am - Reply

    You know what…this is my absolute FAVORITE…sincerely.

  7. paul Murray October 10, 2010 at 5:23 am - Reply

    WOW Brian….very nice! I love the whole, “layers of your life” theme…and it’s so true! Bravo!

  8. Pnina October 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    I feel like revealing all the hidden stuff. It’s so beautiful.

  9. rivergardenstudio October 11, 2010 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    Beautiful and complicated… flowing like life itself. I have just found you blog… it’s really great. roxanne

  10. katie October 20, 2010 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    wow – this collage is amazing AND inspiring; i feel like i want to just run out to my studio and collage.

  11. lorelei October 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    I see someone who loves words – reading and writing,who has a sense of humor through comics and games. I see someone who has left childhood behind and I see glimpses of someone who keeps finances and word tallies on the sides of old essays or speeches and tattered pieces of wall paper from a favorite room. Thank you for sharing a little of your soul today.

  12. Lisa Sarsfield October 29, 2010 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Your blog looks amazing and it compliments this stunning collage perfectly! This piece is quite breath-taking. I love how it’s multi-layered and complicated yet not over-burdened with all the colours and shapes. I’d be pretty pleased with myself if it were mine!

    Thankyou for your visit to my blog, I am glad you enjoyed the Altered books…you don’t need a sewing machine… I hand sew:)

  13. Dianne October 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Amazing and inspiring work here…texture & color & layers …thanks for stopping by my blog, I appreciate your visit! I will be back to visit again soon…

  14. Michelle October 29, 2010 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Wow, wow, wow. I love this. So much depth in there. It’s just amazing!

  15. Seth October 31, 2010 at 1:13 am - Reply

    Sensational Brian. Hands down my favorite of all your pieces — at least so far!

  16. Mary November 9, 2010 at 3:14 am - Reply

    Hi Brian, thanks for stopping by and your comments about my pages – and yes, I love L K Ludwig’s book and this technique!! I have scraped and spritzed before, but with different results, and I love her idea of reverse stenciling. And speaking of amazing pages, this one of yours is incredible!!

  17. Svetlana November 9, 2010 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    My gosh, I’m glad I discovered your blog. Lookng at this fabulous piece of art and reading the questions you’re asking I have feeling you looked into deepest corners of my heart.

    • bridgette November 12, 2010 at 2:55 am - Reply

      wow, this is wonderful! I love the layers and the words in your post that accompany this piece. I often think of my work as bringing together fragments of me, my life- piecing it all together. Just as you said. You know what would be really great with this- a layer of wax! 🙂 Sorry, couldn’t help myself. No, truly, though, this is a wonderful piece. Something that just wants to be seen and touched in person. Lovely.

  18. Leslie November 15, 2010 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Wow! This is intriguing. I’m going back for a closer look and the through your archives. Nice work, and great description.

  19. kristin Van Valkenburgh November 18, 2010 at 1:04 am - Reply

    Just amazing work! You are an inspiration, xo

  20. Rachel Peterson November 27, 2010 at 6:14 am - Reply

    As soon as I saw this one, it took my breath away!! Really, it is SO full of life – layers and textures, colors and experiences! I see so much in this piece, so many emotions… I really love how you layered it, and how expressive it is.

  21. Carole (aka Brindle) December 26, 2010 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    I only just discovered your blog…your art is lovely. And this piece is just simply awesome. It has that magical quality where the elements merge into a “work of art” (rather than resembling what I like to call “furniture arranging” as so many collages are prone to do). I just love it. I’ve linked you on my own art blog as an inspiring artist. Best of the season and beyond to you and yours.

  22. Lay Hoon April 22, 2011 at 2:01 am - Reply

    This page is really cool !!

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