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~ paper collage : double-printed background; found scraps.
Inspired by the wildlife of Sonoma County, California


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PhDilettante specializes in traditional collage; abstract / surrealism; fleeting thoughts and random moods.

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  • Isabela M. Lamuño
    Isabela M. Lamuñoover 1 year ago

    what wondrous thing biology is and your work. the patterns remind me of the chorus “peach,plum, pear” of this song

  • Ignorant me did not know Joanna Newsom or ’Peach, plum, pear" and the video is such fun .. Yes, I can see the connection! Thank you for the comment and surprise gift, Ixchel! ♥

    – PhDilettante

  • LouJay
    LouJayover 1 year ago

    I like! Camouflage perfect!

  • so concealed, it might not even be a quail… hmmm, where is the string of babies who always follow along, anyway ;-) Glad you like! the small rural suburban jungle.

    – PhDilettante

  • Jazzdenski
    Jazzdenskiover 1 year ago

    Well, until I read the other comments I hadn’t thought of ‘Peach, plum, pear’ but I can see what Ixchel means. Do you know of Joanna Newsom? I love her quirky voice and poetic lyrics. Nice textures by the way. :)

  • I am very happy to be introduced to Ms. Newsom!
    I still can’t do Photoshop, so continue to texturize by printing and printing over…
    You can see the quail or anything else you like… not sure myself. Thanks for the support, Denis!

    – PhDilettante

  • montdragon
    montdragonover 1 year ago

    camo chameleon feathers and all fowl slips through the hollow swoosh swooshing rustling amongst the bush comes the fowler as the bird chirps murder most fowl and the fowler whispers “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush,” applause applause well done it has movement and a sense of…?…quailing, get me outta here…

  • :: giggling like crazy ::

    Now, from what circumstances do you know quail so well, Sir? Yes yes swoosh and rustle, tiny feet whirling and the curved feather antennae always on the watch for “murder most fowl!”
    I will draw and dance and cut and paste all day if it means being rewarded by your poetic ruminations!

    – PhDilettante

  • Karen E Camilleri
    Karen E Camilleriover 1 year ago

    interesting & very lovely work !!

  • Thank you very much, Karen!

    – PhDilettante

  • Rhoufi
    Rhoufiover 1 year ago

    Such is the wonder of your invitation to unleash our uninhibited vision that I have tripped out on this and seen a fantasy encounter between a fossil and an archaeologist – the one expectant and full of care, the other basking in its beauty being revealed. I will bend and push your title until it conforms to my vision and love every moment of the struggle. Bravo Margot, you released the steel girdle of my day, bof! ;-)

  • Who needs a steel girdle anyway … hope your day was full of curious and curiouser!
    Many thanks, Bernard (aak, now I see it, too, just so)!

    – PhDilettante

  • Isabela M. Lamuño
    Isabela M. Lamuñoover 1 year ago

    it’s always tricky to share one’s vision especially if its from a third point of view and may have nothing to do with the work! don’t want to impose, or anything of the sort. i’m happy you liked it!

  • Oh, Ixchel! Please feel free to see and say what comes to mind. My things are supposed to be “interpreted!” I welcome all ideas and yours are special.

    – PhDilettante

  • shallay
    shallayover 1 year ago

    Oh gosh, I want to see ‘Peach, Plum, Pear’ but I’m more inclined toward Splish Splash, I was having a bath
    All sounds like fun – especially the jolly archeologist. This image so intrigues, it doesn’t need a title. At first, I saw an exotic lily head – and the most vibrant textures… it really could be anything – it is delightful!

  • Yes, indeed, could be anything! “Splish-Splash” : who’s jumping in first! You are so right on – it should be Untitled and open to interpretatiio but I gave it one thing that came to mind. So glad you like, shallay! Thanks for the video …must admit I remember the time…. ;)

    – PhDilettante

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 1 year ago

    You get the most delightful comments, Margot. It seems your art has been studied, compared to songs, had poems written about it, and been tripped out over. You are great artist to be so recognized. Camo Quail is beautiful. “Inspired by the wildlife of Sonoma County, California” Sounds like a wonderful place, xx

  • You might enjoy this which shows a few of my other wildlife friends in The Valley of The Moon.
    Tori, I like to do things that start from a scrap of color and take their own course : “what is it” is part of the fun, and a learning experience for me from the vision of others. The participation is exhilerating and food for more ideas! Thank you for the generous comments!

    – PhDilettante

  • Kanages Ramesh
    Kanages Rameshover 1 year ago



  • Big hug, Ramesh! thank you!

    – PhDilettante

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