Tales from the Observer: Everyday Inspiration

Each year, I turn to numerous books to inspire my collage and mixed media work. While a handful prove extremely useful, the rest end up being added to my library of cool books I never finish reading! As I begin to use my cell phone camera on a daily basis, taking it with me wherever […]

Souvenirs of Canada Day

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Day 2014

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Day 2014

Happy belated Canada and Independence Day to my Canadian and American friends! Canada’s been my home for the past 40 years; it’s hard to believe the time’s gone by so quickly. On our first Canada Day here, I remember my parents being […]

Reflections: Collaging with Your Camera

When it comes to collaging there are many ways to layer your images. In the real world we can use mediums (paints, inks, etc.) and materials (ie. papers, tissue, transparencies, etc.) to achieve layered effects. In the virtual world, software such as Photoshop allows us to do the same using a concept called “layers” with […]

June 2014 Bits & Bytes

The Shenkman Art Centre’s Significant Contributions Installation (detail views), June 2014, Ottawa, Canada

Significant Contributions Project

This Friday I had a chance to visit Significant Contributions, an installation and public art project I’ve been blogging about, organized by artist Karen Goetzinger. This breath-taking series of towering structures is located in the main lobby of […]

In Memoriam: Norm Prest

Michelle Casey, “The Sound of Silence”, Collage/mixed media Journal page, 8.5 x 6 inches, 2010. This image was scanned and printed by Norm Prest… such a beautiful sample of our collaborative efforts…

During the last month, I’ve lost two dear friends… my Uncle Doug and my scanning and printing technician, Norman Prest. Both seemed […]

What if … Mermaids Were Real!

From Mermaid series by Michelle Casey, “Ascension” (detail), Digital Collage, 9 inches x 6 inches (approximately), 2006

“What if …” This is the question that propels my reality as an artist into the faraway reaches of my imagination. I frequent it as often as I can because the feeling of making something real and […]