Comfort Book

Re: Artist, Romare Beardeny

Collage by Ellouise Schoettler

Brought this out to look over after I came upon
an article about Romare Bearden - a fantastic collagist.

I met his work in the early 1970s. First in his exhibit at the National Gallery downtown. I took lots of time to become familiar with how he created his magic scenes. I was also drawn to it because seeing the colors and objects cut from magazines reminded me of the hours I had spent making paper dolls cutting
clothes and objects from Sears catalogs and funnies from the newspapers.

Several months later when I was visiting my parents in Charlotte, NC.  I went to the Mint Museum just to wander through the exhibits and check it out.

 "Hello there." I said surprised to see more of Bearden's work in Charlotte. Even more surprised to learn that he too had lived in Charlotte. In the museum "shop" I bought a book with decent color pictures and some fine articles written by Bearden himself. I still have that book and often re-read it. Its like feasting on "comfort food."

EVIL above

I was startled
the first time t
heard the Dragon's roar
felt the heat from  his flames.

When he kept on
and on
things changed - -
I got used to his noises and
hardly felt the fire from his flashes.

That's what  happened
I stopped watching.


Keeping My Eyes Open

                               Keeping my eyes open.                 Collage by Ellouise Schoettler
                               Don't stop watching!
                               Keep listening....


Pictures and Memories

Capturing some of our history - - on an abacus Jim made for collaged boxes.

                             Ellouise  and Jim leaving Assumption Catholic Church, Charlotte, N.C.  December 30, 1955.

Ellouise and Jim cutting the cake on their 25th anniversary.

                                                  December 2005 - party celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary.

                                   Many memories of our life together.