Rude Awakening

Hi Friends,

Thank you for your comments on the Valentine’s pieces I showed you last week. Surprisingly, I decided not to use any of that work for the upcoming “Big Love” show at Vita Art Center.

I was talking with my friend Wayne, and he said, “Hearts and the word ‘love’ — that’s the best you can come up with???” Fortunately we have the kind of friendship where we can be honest with each other, and it didn’t feel like he was being critical or mean. If anyone else said that to me, I’d have to kill them!

Wayne helped me to see the “Big Love” theme of the show in a different light, by looking at the big picture of love. Not just love as hearts, flowers and Valentine’s Day. Universal love, and he reminded me of my love for animals.

Something clicked, and I got to work on a new series of pieces for the show. Wayne was right. My thinking about the theme of love was too narrow.

I like to think that I’m a lone wolf, but sometimes it’s difficult to work in a vacuum without someone to help clarify my thoughts and ideas.

Here are the four finished 6″ x 8″ pieces I decided to put in the show. They’re all collage, made using cut out images from old magazines.

Cassandra Tondro collage

Cassandra Tondro collage

Cassandra Tondro collage

Cassandra Tondro collage

You can see and purchase these four pieces as well as the 6″ x 8″ pieces of all the other artists in the show at:

“Big Love”
February 1 – 22, 2020
Vita Art Center
28 W. Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001

Who do you turn to for honest feedback? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,



  1. Hi Cassandra. You are not alone in making collages from bits of magazine paper and catalogs. I am currently working on a whole line of art using nothing but cut out pieces and have done so for years. You could check out my gallery art on to view a few of them by entering my name in the artist section. I will be posting more in a few days. That has always been an interest of mine. I especially have an interest in using puzzle pieces in the same way. Good luck to you and keep in touch. Thanks, Pat Voelz

    1. Hi Pat. I found your work on DailyPaintWorks, but it looks like it’s mostly paintings. I did see a few collage pieces, which I like a lot. Do you ever have a problem with the image on the back side of the magazine pieces coming through?

  2. Oh my goodness, Cassandra. Talk about indecision. I couldn’t decide whether I’d rather pet the rooster or eat the nuggets! Made me laugh. Thanks for that!

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