Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Good with Glue 2 and 3

Good With Glue #2
Acrylic painted papers, stamping, drawing, gel medium, mounted on paper, 11x14".

I had an email question from Ellen:

Lovely! I'd like to see an in-progress photo, if you have one. Because I'd like to see what "painting into" involved.

My answer is that 'painting into' is deciding what to cover over with paint to unify the composition. In this collage painting, I used the royal blue color to tie in the different collage pieces and balance out the edges. It could also mean defining an area with bits of stronger color.

And then here's a detail of the same collage, turned and cropped. It makes a much stronger statement without all that fussy noise surrounding it in the full piece. This is my challenge. It do more with less. Good thing this is just practice. Altho I am not all that thrilled with the result, at least it looks like my work.

The cropped detail. Just the facts, ma'am.

I have also been looking at Lisa Hochstein's work. She makes wonderful little collages from found papers. I love them because they are just the essentials, nothing more is added to goop them up. Their size makes them quite intimate. This one is Intermezzo-07 3.5" x 6.5" salvaged paper 
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And then here's my version.
 Good With Glue #3
Acrylic painted papers, gel medium, acrylic varnish,  mounted on archival mat board, 8x10"

Detail, turned and cropped.
This is a lot like fusing with fabric, except these pieces are all ripped rather than cut.
So once again, I am learning all this stuff by 'copying' the work of others. Eventually it will all sift down and I will find my own voice in the doing.

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  1. Nice! I like that you are painting papers, then using them in collages. Definitely something I want to try.

  2. Loving these. Thanks for answering my question!

  3. I think you are finding your voice, your vibrant colors are yours and only yours-


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