I am an avid collector of many MANY objects and once I start a collection, I canNOT give it up. For instance, I have lugged around a tub full of happy meal toys since the 1990s and I continue to collect cool-looking rocks from my travels. At any rate, collecting has transformed into a source of inspiration for my artwork and I love it when others dig collecting too.
There's a neat book out called A Collection a Day by Lisa Congdon that highlights her personal collections - 365 in all. She says:
“Most of the collections are real and exist in my home or studio; those I will photograph. Some are imagined; those I will draw or (occasionally) paint.”
Her book can be found at Uppercase (awesome site btw) for 25 bucks. I have not ordered my copy but I'll let you know when I do. I'd love to see some of her painted collections.
K. Have a great day,