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Cut and Paste: Fun with Robert Mitchum

Updated: Nov 3, 2023

Has this ever happened to you? You're looking for something, something important to you. You know it has to be somewhere but where? At last, it turns up and you realize that you had put it away carefully but then forgot. You're happy to have it back but wonder what's happened to your brain.


My precious objects that were lost and then found are books of collage.


Collage is another side of my work. After hours of painstakingly making tiny dots or crosshatches with a fine pen it's a joy to just let 'er rip, and I do mean rip. Tearing through magazines and newspapers, looking through the mail for interesting brochures, I let loose. I put things together for no other reason than that I feel like it. It's fun, it's freeing, and it inspires me to push myself in my drawings.


Here's a series I did with Robert Mitchum as my subject. I always thought he was very sexy---and a little scary, which may be what made him sexy. He walked like a big cat.

I loved this shot of him so much I made a bunch of copies and went to town.


Barbara Swanson Sherman, Robert Mitchum, Degas dancer

Here he is with Degas's little dancer and a perfume bottle. I like to play with scale.


Barbara Swanson Sherman, Robert Mitchum,classic statuary

Look at the way the shepherd on the left is looking at him.


Barbara Swanson Sherman, Robert Mitchum, Rodin, Rousseau

In the midst of Rousseau's jungle with Rodin's Thinker.


Barbara Swanson Sherman, Robert Mitchum, two cows

Two Mitchums and a cow.


Barbara Swanson Sherman, Robert Mitchum, Ingres, Princess

With the Princesse de Brolige by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. Nice dress, huh?


Barbara Swanson Sherman, Robert Mitchum in a field

Truly a man outstanding in his field.


Barbara Swanson Sherman, Robert Mitchum



September 12, 2019

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