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Mother Goose WIP by RichardLeach Mother Goose WIP by RichardLeach
Current state of the first three spreads of an altered book project. Source material is Children's Hour with Mother Goose Rhymes, 1922, illustrated by Lois Lenski.

Ink and paper collage. Each spread about 23 x 14 cm.

Top: Mary Had a Little Lamb
Middle: Little Jack Horner and Little Drops of Water
Bottom: Tom, the Piper's Son and There Was a Little Man
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Liberance Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009   Photographer
real Fine Art again...:clap:
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009   Traditional Artist
:D Thank you!
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:icondroopingsanityfences:
WOW.
I am speechless!
Don't know why I didn't see this the other day.

Here's what one of the critics said:
"An ingenious piece - visually and conceptually with a countenance that is surreal to the bone."
- Sir Eel's List
:star:
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:star: ! ! !
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009   Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh, DSF, you just made my day!
I really, really appreciate that!

"surreal to the bone" - I'm going to use that in my C.V.! :giggle:
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:icondroopingsanityfences:
alright!
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:icondroopingsanityfences:
(that was really what I said)
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object000 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Looks like its going ot be an awsome book...
How many pages to do?
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. Nine more double page spreads and a text page after that. I have ideas for the next spread, but I'm taking it kind of slow. Your work has been part of the inspiration.
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object000 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, keep it going, and thanks...
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009   Traditional Artist
I appreciate the encouragement. :)
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myroski Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009   General Artist
Now theres a book I want to leaf thru more
You have an interesting vision there
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. I'm not sure exactly what I'm doing, but I'm trying to follow a certain feeling.
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steve2727 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
Another great concept!!
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Steve!
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privatedanser Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
a great idea Richard !
can't wait for the rest :heart:
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009   Traditional Artist
thanks so much, Hanan! i need to ask if you have ever heard the nursery rhymes under the blackout? "mary had a little lamb" - i learned to sing it when i was a child! and here i have altered it past recognition.
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privatedanser Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
Mary had a little lamb is the only one i recognized, but i must say i only heard it lately, not as a child.

i told you we had a very french culture, as children, along with the Lebanese one of course.

these days, it is different, children hear and see English in TV shows. Lebanese ones are in three languages in the same time and then of course, the ever present disney channel, cartoon network and so many more.

i believe children in every country are becoming much the same, formatted on the same model. not very happy thought...
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009   Traditional Artist
thanks. i thought so, i may print the originals when i post these, i think it sort of adds something, but then again it works in a way without knowing. i enjoy many collages with texts i have no idea about!

i agree with you about children, not a very happy thought. i have enjoyed disney movies, but i don't like disney's omnipresence, the cultural hegemony of it...

it's interesting how here at dA we create our own many small intense cultures - artists of all kinds - but children don't have this option the way adults do. or, actually, they do, in their play, but quite often their play is not as free as it might be, for various reasons... hmmm, lots to think about. thanks for listening. :heart:
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privatedanser Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
always dear.
i am not very talkative lately, but you understand !

:hug:
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009   Traditional Artist
:heart:
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derkert Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
Good moral. Good fun. Good work!
Good!
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thanks, Ed!
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Shane-01 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
I do not know whether to scream that you're defacing such an old book and wonderful illustrations. Or scream from joy that you're actually using them for something and they're not collecting dust and you're making art out of them.

Great idea, making collages out of this wonderful illustrations and making something new. I like where you're going with this. Keep it up.

Isn't it fun?
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thanks very much, and I hear you about the book, it sat for a long time before I decided to do this - one reason I went ahead is that it's in very poor condition. And it is a lot of fun!
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fredfree Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
that's a super state to be in/
looking forward to seeing it evolve!
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009   Traditional Artist
thank you, my friend! and for the fave!
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wrzosowata-Iro Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
'Little
little
little
land' are the best. I have a really good laugh whe I read this (not in bad sense):) It my favourite part, but I like all this composition. Good work.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009   Traditional Artist
I really appreciate that, because you are so good with text yourself. Thanks very much!
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wrzosowata-Iro Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. To be honest, I still afraid that I have terrible problem with English and you all don't understand me. ( My old, school teacher repeated this over and over again and I still believe her). :(
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009   Traditional Artist
Oh dear, that teacher had a bad attitude. Your English is fine, and the haikus are wonderful!
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wrzosowata-Iro Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks... :blushes:
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KatDiestel Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
wow - this is brilliant! little little little land - perfect!
and the last one ...?! you should have clonked that little man on the head instead of the piper.
wonderful, but take your time ... a whole book wants more time to be altered than a single page, i guess.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009   Traditional Artist
thanks, kat! and for the fave, too, and for the encouragement not to rush. triple thanks!

i know, that little man with the gun - the stupidity of clonking the piper is sort of an inside out comment on the duck shooter.

and i do see this stretching on for a while!
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
I am going to be liking this, I can tell...!
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thanks! I would like to tear through it and get it done, but if I don't like something I can't discard it like I would a single piece - so it's going to take a while. I can feel myself beginning to obsess, trying to keep it under control!
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
I can feel the obsession over here! I just know how I would get if it were my book--the same way--so actually it's my sympathetic obsession I am feeling. Good luck! How are you going to not overthink when you know you can't rip it out????
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009   Traditional Artist
Yeah, the obsession seismograph says this is the current epicenter with sympathetic tremors over there in New York!

That's exactly it - can't rip it out. I have to wait till I'm really in the zone to stick anything down.

Just between you and me - :lol: - the poetry book that Index of First Lines and other stuff is from is cheap and easy to get - I just ordered another copy so I could have a second chance at some pieces I messed up!
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
Look! The seismograph! Ticking upward as tinks gets multiples of all his pieces "just in case"! (Once again, I understand perhaps too perfectly!
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009   Traditional Artist
:whisper: have you ever done that? or just felt that way?
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
I am a practitioner! I regularly cover "just in case" by scanning precious things (like my little vintage matchbook collection), and using the scans. That way if a cup of tea should spill, I'm covered, and can whip out a new image.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009   Traditional Artist
Nice. You know, I could totally scan the Mother Goose texts and check out the blackouts before I commit myself. Thanks.
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