Art Challenge: Return to Standard Time

November 5, 2016

I’m ever so grateful to our dear rosy girl Ariane for posting a new art challenge: return to standard time.
I actually hate daylight savings time and think it’s an out of date ritual whose time is definitely up.
Spring forward, fall back. A sort of ridiculous, comical act of the world tripping over itself at various dates twice per year.

And so appropriate for me right now, because you see, the UK has fallen back while Canada is still in daylight savings and so sprung forward!!! That’s the bi-yearly story of my life! And messes something rotten with my daily 9am phone call to Robbie, which is now pushed to 10am. And while Kerstie and Jon are in BC, there’s Chloe in Japan! We all end up negotiating times, missing dates, forgetting deadlines, counting backwards, and generally struggling by for a good week or two. It reminds me of a Dickensian novel.


So to try to illustrate this I wanted to try to gather all our time zones into one piece.
I decided to do a Dickensian collage of sorts, and so chose some vintage book pages.
The floor ended up looking like this:
(Oh well, gotta break some eggs to make an omelette, right?)


And so here is what I’m offering today.
A black and white collage of 37 pieces. There is a Japanese castle rising over an English village, next to a West Coast forest. There I am, in strong tiger form, holding everything central, together, holding my family together. There are children, there is whimsy, there is light, and there are butterflies everywhere, representing my butterfly brain…which tries to negotiate all these time zones.


Oh, and there’s a rhinoceros, because, if we’re getting this silly already, there’s got to be a rhinoceros.

Art: The Rhinoceros, at Home and Abroad: collage of vintage book images, all pre 1906, loads of mat medium + imagination.

Come pop over to Ariane’s and all our friends to see how they deal with the return to standard time. (I’ll tell you something though, I do appreciate the extra hour of sleep.) 😀


I love our little group of artists and really value our friendship. We may be, we all may be, all over the place and stuck in our time zones, but we’ve come to love and understand and appreciate each other and support each other in our art. And that’s how it should always be. Come join us if you like. Any artistic expressions is so very welcome. 😀

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  • Reply tammy j November 5, 2016 at 5:36 am

    ah … so wonderfully done!
    and I feel the SAME way about silly daylight savings time.
    in the U.S. a few of our states don’t do it.
    so if you lived in one state and happened to work across the state line in another…
    can you imagine the problem? ridiculous! 🙂

    • Reply Veronica November 5, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Oh no! What an ordeal that must be for some people. On the other hand, if mom says to little Johnny, “You can go play with Timmy but be home by 6pm.” He might have a wonderful excuse to be a whole hour late! 😀

  • Reply Ariane Reichardt November 5, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Aaah, dear Veronica,
    you teach us to find beauty in this crazy times, funny girl!
    What a beautiful collage, you as a strong tiger lady in the center, holding your family, the world, together. Great!
    I just love such patterns of your collage. It reminds me on old wallpapers with sceneries of society people. (I am searching for an example).

    Thank you for your rich expression, again. And your words. So true! Even I appreciate our wonderful group <3
    Ariane. Rose.

    • Reply Veronica November 5, 2016 at 9:46 am

      Thank you so much me dear rosy girl. I want you to know that I actually did read the whole invitation post, the popped off to your story post and what actually stayed in my butterfly brain was “standard time” and “your choice”, so there you go. Once again Veronica makes a hash out of it. 😀 Ha ha ha.

  • Reply laura November 5, 2016 at 7:29 am

    i nominated you for the mystery blogger award. check out my post to learn more.

    • Reply Veronica November 5, 2016 at 9:43 am

      Thank you so much Laura. That was very sweet of you. 😀 Generally I do my own thing and very rarely follow rules, and also the theme I like to work with doesn’t fit sidebars and display images very easily, so I’m probably not going to have a chance to do anything about this. But so very sweet to be thought of. 😀

  • Reply Sheryl November 5, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Oh well done Veronica!! That’s gorgeous. 🙂 Is that the “March Hare” on the bottom right corner, ready to “spring forward” on the next go round? LOL

    • Reply Veronica November 5, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Thank you my friend, and OH YEAH! I didn’t even make the connection and March hare kept coming off and going back on and finally I decided he needed to be there and you figured out why! 😀

  • Reply Carole Reid November 5, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Veronica, I love the collage and theme you created.
    No hash here dear art friend!
    xo Carole

  • Reply Tammie November 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    I love this and think you are right: out of date ritual whose time is definitely up

    your family connections do sound challenging for a week or two.

    wonderful collage full of fabulous images and meaning.

    I also love our AC group!

  • Reply Angelica Kidd November 6, 2016 at 5:10 am

    How creative!

  • Reply tinywoolf November 6, 2016 at 6:57 am

    your reminders always bring up the best in you. yeah, let dickens and the many different times we suffer inspire us and you!
    oh, but postcard/poster-worthy stuff you have managed there, with all of those 37 pieces. very alice-in-wonderland, might i add. i really actually love it. to pieces.
    i think you speak wise words, my sweet veronica. thank you for sticking us right together, we love this place so. now for that darn time! i’m lost…!

  • Reply Patrice A. November 6, 2016 at 7:07 am

    wonderful art piece!!
    and yes i love our group too ;^))

    you make my head spin of ideas
    thank you

  • Reply mano November 7, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    you created a wonderful collage! the rhinocerus is a star !!
    thank you for your very nice comment!!
    🙂 mano
    sorry, my englisch is really bad, so I cannot say all what I want…

  • Reply daryledelstein November 8, 2016 at 5:38 am

    this past weekend i was lying in bed and waiting to fall asleep, my mind was emptying when i thought why do we do this silly spring ahead/fall back? who needs this? did you know Arizona doesnt do it? Yup. well then my mind started freewheeling .. why have time zones why not let Greenwich Meantime be everyone’s time standard .. then of course i started to think of all the complications it would present .. and i fell asleep … in Sunday’s NYT Week in Review section there was an essay about dropping the whole DST thing AND using Greenwich Meantime for all … i was so pumped .. i read on … the author worked it all out .. the only snag was Australia where apparently they’d have sunset at 7AM which would lead to a very dark day .. but the author decided that people whose winter is in July could adapt …

  • Reply sue November 9, 2016 at 7:14 am

    I love when time slips back to darker days, and cosy autumness.
    your omelette is fantastic, I love it.

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm November 9, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    How do you do this? I know silly question right! You my dear are so clever! I’m envious .. How do you do this! Love love ..:D

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