…do you come up with the surreal things you make? I don’t know exactly, but below is a kind of report of a creative process.

I have been tinkering a lot in the past few days. Everything I made just wasn’t quite right. So it was a matter of ‘Kill your darlings’ and especially ‘Kill the Not Quite Darlings’. I had spent a lot of time on it and then it is tempting to turn a blind eye to the fact that it is not quite what I wanted. But if I don’t get excited to the point of being annoying, it’s not going to work.

This bigmouth fell out of tune enormously

I had started with a birthday card, because I think it’s useful to have at least one in the collection. It was a picture of far too good a party until the pelican came to visit….This bigmouth fell out of tune enormously. And so it came about that I finally decided to continue with the pelican. Such a pelican’s beak demands something in it….and that became the swallows I once photographed in my neighbour’s barn.

The birthday card will come later.

They really are the B-52s of birds

A collage with a pelican in the leading role was still on my wish list anyway. Ever since I first saw pelicans in the wild I have been a fan of them. This is an Australian model, but I have also seen them in the Caribbean, which are smaller and much browner. On land, they look like clumsy, slow animals, but when they dive and hunt, they really are the B-52s of birds. Spectacular!

All photos I have used are from my own archive, except the starfish. And the newspaper article I made into a hat comes from the newspaper archive Delpher. It is about my great-great-grandfather who was a sailor: Captain Bloema

This work of art still has to pass the usual test before it will be available in the Wondrous Goose shop. Postcards of this cheerful collage are for sale on Etsy

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