Tuesday, February 09, 2016
King Fisher # 1
Watercolor, mixed media 11 X 11
This was my first attempt at doing one of Karen Knutson's "wire drawings". See her work at www.karenknutson.com. It's supposed to be a combination drawing, zentangle, with added collage and paint. Well, I got the collage and paint part OK but I didn't like the busy background (permanent ink) behind the bird. I tried to tone it down with gouache, then naples yellow, finally I used white acrylic. See the next picture. I also modified the background colors.
King Fisher #1 modified
I liked this one much better, I like the bird but thought the background could be better and I could do without the messy acrylic behind the bird.
Watercolor, ink, and collage 11 X 11
I'm happy with the way this one turned out. I left the circle behind the bird just the white of the paper. The viewer can decide if it's a sun or a moon. I used the "old fashioned" method of collage, just cut and paste for these. I used "Yes" paste to start with so whatever I didn't like could be removed. When I was finished I went over the pasted pieces with matte medium so they would be permanent. Other than the drawing done with ink there was no zentangle going on. I like the idea and I will probably do some more and try to incorporate some of the zentangle or wire drawing.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Over the Moon
Collage 6 X 6
The last day of the Challenge! I made it! There were many who signed up but not everyone made it to the finish. It's not easy and I congratulate everyone who made a commitment to do a piece of art every day. It's huge! Even if you worked everyday but didn't complete a piece that day it's still a commitment to be in the studio and put the effort in. The real challenge now is to keep up the effort, do the work, and get better at what you do. Don't take the next week off, but keep on. (That's me giving myself a pep talk).
I've done another little valentine for today. It's sort of says what I'm feeling about everyone who has been reading my blog. I'm over the moon for you! Thanks for putting up with my chatter and my collages. I'm blessed.
Friday, January 29, 2016
Collage 6 X 6
The large patterns in the papers of this collage were made by stamping with a hand made stamp. The small ones were from a store bought stamp. The patterns and colors made me think of African textiles so I found a postage stamp from Zambia in my ephemera collection to add to the collage. That's how I came up with "Safari". The papers are all altered National Geographic pages.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Collage 6 X 6
My 30 day collage odyssey has almost come to an end. I'll be ready to put away the papers for awhile and pick up a paint brush. I do love the design aspect of collage making, some things work better than others. This one doesn't quite work as well as I hoped. Every collage is a learning experience. What could I do to make it better, what other colors could I have used are a couple of questions I ask myself. Learning good design helps in all kinds of art.
This collage was made from a placemat, a French map, bleeding tissue and acrylic paint.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Collage 6 X 6
We are having record rainfalls in south Florida this year. It's the wettest January that I can remember. In the last 24 hours we have had 5 or more inches of rain and it will rain most of tomorrow, they say. I keep reminding myself that at least I don't have to shovel it. As this collage came together it looked like the rainy day we are having, so I found a transfer of a girl with an umbrella to finish it. I'm looking forward to the sunny week end that is promised.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Collage 5 X 6
I made this one a little smaller to fit into a 5 X 5 opening in a mat and frame. It's made with hand painted tissue, altered magazine, security envelopes and a part of a page of a poetry book that has been painted. It was that scrap of poetry that sent me in the direction of finding a horse to use as an acrylic transfer. The marks were made with a watercolor stick then sprayed with fixative. Using watercolor sticks makes it easy to erase until I get the marks that I like, then I fix them before coating the collage with gloss medium.
Four more days to go...stay tuned!
Monday, January 25, 2016
Collage 5.5 X 5.5
Day 25, Why Not? is colorful and a little whimsical. As I was putting this one together I was indulging in a little dark chocolate therapy, Doves Dark Chocolate, to be exact. They always have something written on the inside of the wrapper, mine said "Why Not?" I thought, why not put "why not?' in my collage. I finished it off with some stamped notes to go with the notes in the paper, a stamped circle to go with the circles in the green paper, and considered it finished. I think it's a fun one. The papers are hand painted, printed and the pink from an envelope.