Little Lifts

polaroid film with a pattern of black dots and newspaper headlines

This collage also came out of my surreal headlines experiment – it turned into a micro-poem I was happy with and also seems to me to capture the contradictions of the world right now.

As I mentioned before, I found all of this expired polaroid film cleaning out my father’s house – and some of it wouldn’t develop at all and just popped out with a solid tan “unexposed” background (see above). Some did develop…sort of. So during the lockdown I’ve been making  collage/drawing on them and seeing where that takes me.
polaroid film with line drawing of close up of an eye
During the lockdown, I also started working through Ursula K. Le Guin’s Steering the Craft book of writing advice and exercises, trying to get more confidence in my writing. I’ve been posting my responses to those exercises over at Evening Satellite Publishing and if anyone wants to follow along or give feedback, I’d be most appreciative!

Exercise 1: Being Gorgeous
Exercise 2: Strong Emotion
Exercise 3: Am I Saramago

I hope everyone is staying safe and sane!


  1. Marcy, I don’t know how long you’ve been back here but you are my Surrealist go-to inspiration and my lockdown suddenly feels a little saner! Also, I think maybe I ought to get hold of that LeGuin book… ~Sunshine

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    1. Sunshine! It’s so lovely to hear from you! I’ve not been back long, just a few weeks. The lockdown shook up the rut I was in and got me making some art more earnestly again. The Le Guin book is good – it’s infused with her good humor and practical advice – I give it two thumbs up.

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    1. Thank you, Jilanne! I don’t have big blocks of time for art anymore so the polaroid film is just the right size to keep me going.

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    1. It was from the first packages of film I tried and I was so disappointed that the film was degraded – but once I drew the eye on it, it turned into one of my favorites! 🙂

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