if i had a twin

if i had a twin

ifihadatwinif I had a twin, where would I be today?  I actually do not know how this picture ended up in the library here on this website. My 2nd grade class photo which I manipulated in PSE was fun to do as I was inspired to do a blast from the past type image after hearing from a grade school pal after 44 years. The real question is what ever happened to the *Telephone Dress*? It was a typical little girl dress from the 60’s with a bib collar, tight bodice, full skirt and blue waist band that tied in a bow in the back. You needn’t ask what I wore on my feet; white anklets and black patent leather Mary Jane’s.

I would kill for that telephone fabric now, it had telephones, hand sets, spiral address books and finger dialers in primary colors imprinted on it. I wonder if there is fabric with current day phone devices on it, styled into dresses for 7 year old girls?

p.s. I got my first kiss while wearing this dress. Vinnie Donaghy, behind his parents garage. That is another story all together….

drifting

drifting

I was inspired to create today thanks to the Safeway delivery man, Gareth, a technophile from London who reminded me I am not the only 58 year old person who still likes hearing new music and recalling the glory days of Manchester of the late 80s. His accent was so thick and his pony tail so long, I thought he was an apparition, a ghost from my past. Due to my decrepit condition, I sat on my couch, rooted firm like the winter vegetable I’ve become and engaged him in conversation about his decision to move to America, particularly Portland, Oregon. He told me he’d been in Portland 3 months, but prior to landing here, he’d lived in San Francisco the last 19 years. He wanted a change, he said. The City had lost it’s charm, had become dirty, unkempt and far too expensive. Wasn’t it always expensive? My visits there, back in the 90s, were memorable, crashing with Ludie and Eric in Greenbrae, Marin County and at that moment recalled the shopping trip to Haight street where I’d purchased a fantastic pair of leggings designed by Genesis P Orridge, of Psychic TV. (he owned the clothing store as well)

Gareth was sitting on my red leather ottoman, holding his clipboard, and we spoke of music and Coachella Music & Arts Festival and the show in 2013 when OMD and New Order appeared. I told him how I cried to see Bernie Sumner all bloated and dazed, his voice hoarse and off key but still sporting the great hair and band reunited including the glam girl keyboardist not looking a day older. How long it had been since I met someone who knew what bands I was talking about and who was likely just as much a fan? Unbelievably, here was someone sitting in my living room who stomped in the same pits I reveled in when I was 35 and dating 19 year old boys.

I have drifted far from that mad, throbbing gristle scene, losing along the way any friends that I once kept in steady rotation in a day timer filled with events, dates, amusements. I am reminded today, thanks to Gareth, that we at least have the memories. digital 8×10 images courtesy of Tumblefish Studios.

drifting

invitation onlY?

invitation onlY?

I would like to thank you, JEB, for keeping up the ghost town website, briedah.com. I see there are no comments on anything I have put here so it is okay to dismantle it. so nice of u to wk at it for so long with no pay. was there supposed to be an invite to the world? oh I for got to address it…. mail ‘art’ envie %1

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my ny fam

my ny fam

mynyfsm1200looking thru old files, found this. original image sent via Sigrid’s cell phone. the smith frawley brandt clan at a Christmas shindig somewhere in long island circa 2013? from left: c. Arthur, Patrick ‘JEB” Garcia, Sigrid, Kevin and Peggy. family members that are interested in dl for future use contact webmaster JEB. formatted in PSE with various elments from my personal stash of graphics courtesy of tumblefish studios, krysty scrap and New York public library archive.

malibu cutie!

malibu cutie!

charlottemalibu_edited-1I would have enjoyed a trip to sunny southern California….hmmm, if only I could get away…

The Robinson’s baby, Charlotte, my great ‘neice’, looks like she had a blast playing on the beach in Malibu!

Sent via Jenn’s iPhone~ recomposed as digital artwork by briedah

gimme a break!

gimme a break!

I am timing out on all these websites that want information about me…..well you guys can forgot about that! I am tired of sitting at the computer making sure I  use proper grammar and number sequences…I will however show u the new stuff that I’ve created since we last chatted….does anyone ever read this blog? ok you crazy Russians I know you are lurking trying to bust into my office website and steal valuable info but u are not getting into briedah’s word press account thanks to my watchdog JEB!

winterfallfashion

I was bored a couple of weekends ago-so I went wild on www.deviantscrap.com my former haunt when I was on Nancy’s design team. I bought 8 of Tumblefish Studio’s kits of vintage images. It took me all day to open and sort them into files that I can view by category.  above title: “fashion guide for the hopelessly ignorant” images from Tumblefish studios and Rucola Designs.

the sour companion

The Sour Companion

Edie & Francine went on the Grand Tour in 1920 and although they considered their voyage and subsequent romp across Europe a success, Francine ditched Edie in 1923 for a German Count named Willie and refused to acknowledge her existence for the rest of her life.
digital collage images Rucola Designs and Tumblefish Studios.
Stay tuned for more illustrations from thier ‘journey’.
painting and manipulations by artiste Sour Companion by briedah

collagecircus1272

wide awake club part two (do u remember wide awake club?) I was up way too late working on this collage….it was for the weekly contest held by t42goller from flickr.com. Similar to Collage Play with Crowabout that was Nancy B’s famous hangout, “collage circus” is open to the public and due to it’s young age (3 months old) has not the celebrity status of CPWC. Anyone and everyone is welcome to play and make a collage out of these images that t42goller puts together. right now there are only 32 members

collage circus entry for week 11 based on this collage sheet from t42goller:

collagecircus11cREDITS:

Check border – Buglady1104
Coffee lid – Candyn29**
Ticket – cindyiscrafty
Diagram – Double-M
Home Arts Cover – clotho98
OK label, Cock-I-Too label, Stained glass Windows – Dover Publishing
Cats fishing – EmmaPaperclip
Background – magpiearts
Butterflies – marceedugger
Woman w/ camera – Not Your Average Sock Monkey
Boy in hat – sassyarts
Phone dial SassyBellaMelange
Fish – ArtsyFartsyQueen
Cherries postcard and Numbers – t42goller

 

more new stuff

more new stuff

see below?

see below?

I am sorry that I was unable to add text to the images below.

1. Mystery Gift: a 8×11 digital hidden image game for Jessica’s birthday (starring Jessica)

2. she’s berry late for our date: my entry for Week 3 of “Collage Circus”, a new collage group I was invited to by the administrator, t42goller, on www.flickr.com. So nice to be part of a collage group again, since CPWC disbanded about 18 months ago. So much has changed since then….

Did WordPress change the format or am I lame? Likely the latter. More soon.

summer is almost over

summer is almost over

August is the birthday month-I share my birthday with Terry, my nephew. His is the 15th and mine the 8th. Sydney turns ONE in just about a week!  I scored the Target gift cards and Terry inherited the JVC Karaoke system from “Aunt Mary”. Parties all the time…and best of all once the pool closes I’ll be working at Good Samaritan Hospital! I’ll miss chasing the ducks out of the pool….but time to go back to work..support&love..

since may 2012

since may 2012

To get back into the swing of things, to connect with humanity, to feel confident about myself and to feel productive I volunteered here to be the pool checker twice each day and several times on the weekend. Our community is large but there are only two real volunteers that help out with stuff that needs to be done to maintain a 220 unit complex of condominiums. I have finally been released back to work and so I am looking for work and also checking the pool until I can find a full time job. More about that later since it’s time to check the pool chlorine and ph levels right now…

Art & Craft Fair “Hip Happening” Sellwood Masonic Temple in Sellwood May 5th

Art & Craft Fair “Hip Happening” Sellwood Masonic Temple in Sellwood May 5th

beware of darkness

beware of darkness

An amazing spectacle appeared in the western sky above Cedar Mill yesterday. Thunderheads reaching 30,000 feet or more blanketed the sky around me like caldera of puffy meanness. They encroached from the north, the east and the west, while to the south the remnants of a sunny spring day’s baby blue sky retreated. I was awestruck by the massiveness of these storm clouds and the fact they are seldom witnessed in April in Portland.

About a half hour later they began their rumbling, not close enough to frighten this small child at heart, but loud enough to frighten Noni, my year old Bengal tabby. I was drawn out to the patio to see that the southern sky was now an ominous purple slate and off to the east the light had changed to a pinkish gold.

The loudest clap was likely 15 miles away; day changed to night and the down pour began. I heard it hitting the roof and the metal chimney box and looked outside to see pea sized hail pummeling the driveway.

It faded off as quickly as it began and then within another half hour the sky cleared in the west and the sunset colors replaced the grey.

zetti style journal page done in my personal smash journal. prismacolor pencil, oil pastel, watercolors, gelly pen, pigment ink, graphite. bird images from my dover collection. fashion magazine cut outs altered by artist.

this is truly a ‘mixed’ genre of landscape with cartoon characters. I am displeased there was no room left for larger text and so i had to use sticko sticker letters. :beware of darkness: is a song by my FAVORITE beatle: George Harrison.

This piece is respresentative of my journey since December. Things improving daily thanks to ART and Dr. Tai.

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ATC samples

ATC samples

going to keep it simple this christmas; lots of anxiety lately. these digital Artist Trading Cards are quick, easy and fun.

went to a cookie bake yesterday where we did almost 3000 cookies. today i have to do typical housework and laundry. does not really feel like christmas with the grim news about lay-offs. i guess i could join the occupy movement but i like having my own space…which i am sharing again with Jess. this is a good thing as i get lonely this time of year.

maybe trading cards will be in your mailbox someday?

black monday

black monday

just did not get enuff sleep last night. Jess came over last night and we spent like crazy as usual at our favorite stores. I had to finish cleaning my room and pay bills when we got home so I was up till 1 am trying to figure out how I could make $793.00 appear in my checking account. I am exhausted this morning. But hey it’s a short week! Thanksgiving at Deb & Jeff’s new house! got to go the work now…this digital collage was buried on my old computer from my days w/crowabout studio b….

up all night

up all night

Last night I had company! It’s been a while but it was time Sydney got to hang out at her great Aunt Mary’s house. She was delightful company for a two month old and she slept most of the evening until it was very late and she wanted to party. We had schmizza and pepsi and watched a ton of tv. she enjoyed “Up All Night” and “Toddlers & Tiaras”.

It was a wonderful feeling holding an infant and snuggling and listening to her breathing and feeling her heat glowing out of her burrito like blanket. I was amazed she could stay up that late. I was so intoxicated from baby scent and pepsi I hallucinated UFO’s in this odd series. digital collage. images from nancy baumiller daurrogotype ville, flicker comms.

94 years ago today…

94 years ago today…

My dad was born in Hartford, Connecticut. This collage was made from some of his stuff that my family sent to me after the ‘files’ on each of my siblings was discovered after he died. Apparently, he spent some time in the Phillipines. Perhaps while he was in the service. These photos span his “young americans” look to his early 50’s. I always thought he looked like movie star and never understood why he did not quit his job with the FBI to move us all to Hollywood.

Happy Birthday Dad!

 

love triangle

love triangle

digital collage with images from CPWC, flickr commons. Mrs A. Baltimore of East Sedgewick took a lover, Mr S Jamison, her literature professor. Jamison was very attentive to her but dismissed her student fiction as ‘elementary, cliched, and dull”. Her husband, Archibald, found the two while in a compromising position in the drawing room at their Manhattan townhome on 31 October 1899 and enraged, drew his revolver mortally wounding Jamison.
It is said that his ghost still haunts the home on 5th Avenue and 91st.
from flickr, posted 10/22/11

 

match made in heaven

match made in heaven

My photo albums are basically plastic containers with snap lids. Not all photos make it to the plastic container. Occasionally I come across a stash of photos in a shoe box or some small wicker basket with crap that should have been trashed years ago. My idea of organizing is finding bigger boxes to throw the smaller boxes into and then shove the new box o crap into my closet. My system was working fine until Jessica moved in last June to save a little $ for her road trip to Austin or Nashville. Consequently boxes were moved to make room for her boxes o crap. It was like an episode of Hoarder’s Celebrity Death Match. But lo and behold a photo was found that I had little recollection of and I set it aside for months until I decided to work with it.

Here is a 4×6 mixed media collage of my dad and step mother in heaven. It needs a shrine box but I am having a difficult time finding such an irregular shaped box. I will leave it on my mantle for now with candles and incense. They would have approved of that. Very Roman Catholic.