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Wednesday WrapUp Collage

tree with butterflies above a musical score with a clock in the trunk for Haydn's Clock


Each Wednesday check this blog for a strategy, process, or reflection for illustration with the iPad app ProCreate. This Wednesday Wrap Up explains my collage for today’s Daily Create. The Daily Create @ds106dc  is a prompt site for creating a bit of art every day. Today I wrote poetry and created a collage as my interpretation.


Apparently Joseph Haydn once gave an elaborate clock to his patron, a prince. And he wrote twelve pieces of music to accompany it, with the second movement being one of those pieces. [see Wikipedia]. For information about Haydn, I enjoyed this blog post which focused on the humor of this musical genius: Haydn’s Humour. With that background, take a listen at the second movement, Haydn’s Clock, and consider the images that the piece inspires.

Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 101 “The Clock” (2nd movt) / Giovanni Antonini, conductor · Berliner Philharmoniker / Recorded at the Berlin Philharmonie, 24 October 2015

For me, I heard a flurry of fluttering, some little confusions as time stepped by, tick tock. And so I thought of the rustling of leaves in a breeze and thousands of butterflies flittering about. So my clock would be that– musical score, an old tree with a clock, and lovely butterflies. Rather than draw this, I decided a collage would better represent the amazing complications heard in the piece.


My go-to place for public domain images is Flickr Commons. I enter a search term and am often surprised and distracted by what I find. Right away I found the tree, clock, and music.

Image Sources– Flickr Commons, Public Domain CC0:

I adjusted and rearranged each, adding details, shading, shadow, with various blend modes. Here’s how I did it, with a replay of the process included:


And, of course a bit of poetry- part of which is in the tweet for my Daily Create, because music, art, and poetry belong together. I should explain that the “thlap thlap” is a word I learned years ago. It’s from the area of Lapwai, Idaho which is named for the people living their, the Lapwai, whose name is “People of the Butterfly Place,” “Place of the sound of butterfly wings.” Thlap thlap means “sound of butterfly wings.” [Nez Perce County Museum and Wikipedia Nez Perce].

Haydn Clock

Tick and Tock
Thlap Thlap
Tapping where
Flutters here
Rustles there
Wisp of wind
Nature sings in
Twigs a-budding
Wings of butterflies
Leaves in a gentle breeze
Thlap Thlap
Tick and tock

Sheri Edwards
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So, that wraps up this Wednesday Wrap Up. I hope this inspires you to take a look at Flickr Commons and The Daily Create. Try a bit of collage and poetry as part of your daily art.

I look forward to your sharing, and please continue to be a part of the  #warmup4art series to learn and enjoy our work together! See my sharing at IG @42Sheri and Twitter @42Sheri.

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