Jan + Feb collages – my 2019 collage series

I was kind of surprised when I was getting set up to this post and realized I never posted the collage I made in January. I showed an unfinished detail of it in a different post but it never made it here. I know why.

I’ve got a stack of 9″x12″ collage boards and I set the goal to make one collage per month all this year. Which is very doable because I work on it a little bit in the evenings when I’m relaxing. In January I was in a big funk about having had cancer last year. It’s lifted a bit but I’m still kind of stuck in that limbo between grieving and moving forward. But I think I’ll get there. Just takes time. 

I’ll post my February collage first. It’s called “Don’t Give Up”. A bit of encouragement for me and you and anyone else who might need a small boost.



And here’s the January one. It’s darker – literally and figuratively. It’s a visual representation of what cancer felt like to me. (I think that’s why I didn’t post it here. Was feeling squirrely last month.) It’s called “What Pain, My Beloved.”


I’ll be starting the March one this weekend. I’m open to theme suggestions if you have one! 🙂

10 thoughts on “Jan + Feb collages – my 2019 collage series

  1. Susan Dunne-Lederhaas says:

    SURVIVAL… for your March theme.. I recently.survived an intestinal,obstruction, but was able to avoid a colostomy.. thanks to my team of doctors.. Then I dealt with overcoming a nasty pneumonia..still on going.. It is a delicate and yet very strong topic for exploration.. Many blessings, Lynn as you continue to heal..

  2. Ann says:

    Those are spectacular. I am so glad your are healing, Keep up the good work, we need you and your art.

  3. KAREN says:

    Cancer is a very personal betrayal. Your body has betrayed you by allowing something to grow that could destroy you. The fight is exhausting and takes a while to recover. My fight happened 16 years ago. It gets better but you lose the innocence that you once had.

  4. Judy Tucker says:

    These are terrific and great way to express and journal your experience. Thanks for sharing. Now, how about Lucky days or something with Good fortune for March!

  5. Sal says:

    Lynn, you are entitled to grieve. Suspect some days are harder but read a quote from Henry Winkler, Parade Magazine: “Gratitude is like a food group. It is essential for being alive.” I am grateful that you share your thoughts and your art for us to enjoy. My experience and my friends, who have had health obstacles we all say the same, we are grateful but this recovery to taking too long :).

    Continue with your recovery as your art helps.

  6. mjkasz says:

    I love your art and follow you monthly. My mother always said “Keep Looking up” and I think that would be a great March Theme.

  7. Lori says:

    Continued good health! Thank you for sharing, it helps to know we are not alone.

    Spring themes: March comes in like a lion…out like a lamb; April showers…May flowers; and tying into your health, March down the old…sprout the new – like a forrest fire that burns the entire stand of trees, brush and grass to allow new growth to emerge.

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