8.15.2011

Anatomy of a collage

The creative process can be a fickle friend...some days you can't get enough done to quiet the idea buzz in your head...other days, its all too silent.  I thought I would share with you how my latest crop of collages came to be...

I start by looking through my piles of scrap and see what jumps out...as I mentioned in my previous post, I have a huge hoard of old photos to start the process...I pulled out the ones that were telling a story (perhaps one that I could only hear!) and then made piles of scraps & tidbits for each photo.  I prepped all of the scraps, knowing that the editing would come later.





























Next, I did a rough composition of each collage, whittling down the scraps and choosing a color palette.  For this latest series of collages, I used 1x10x6 pine boards, cut down into smaller sizes of approximately 10" x 10".  I like using inexpensive materials for my base...with a solid wood foundation, I can hammer/screw into the wood to attach my found objects and the thickness of the board gives a nice finished edge when painted.

Here's the progression of two different collages...
























































I left a part of the pine board unpainted so that you could see the grain...thought it fit nicely with the theme.  I found a companion photo to my original choice...gives a more cohesive flow with the matching pair.



It's hard to tell from my photo, but the three circles on the upper right side are three small lightbulbs from the stash I recently picked up...the red type came from a solicitation envelope that arrived in the mail...you never know where inspiration will be found!  You'll notice that the arrangement changed quite a bit from the beginning to the end...the navy blue paint made me rethink the balance...

Both of these (and many more) will be at my booth at Fresh Paint - Festival of Artists ...hope to see you there!

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