As I’ve done so many sketches and drawings lately, for a change I thought I’d try a relatively new medium for me: collage. I did a few some years ago, and in my usual disorganised fashion I’ve mislaid them, thereby giving credence to them being lost masterpieces in my imagination; of course when and if I find them again I’ll be disappointed.
Anyway, I was working on a (painted) present for someone and after 6 attempts, I threw down the brush and paints and got some glue and papers out. I prepared different papers with colours and brushy textures, and set to cutting and shaping various pieces, it’s very fiddly and unlike my spontaneous way of working, a frustrating but somehow rewarding exercise! There’s lots wrong with result, my first impression looking at it objectively a few days later is that it’s too busy, (less is more ). I then ran the image through various iPhoto adjustments, this is such an interesting exercise, and helps so much when prepping for painting, my preferred ones are the inverted one and the black and white image.
1st stage before the Great Glueing:
2nd and final stage:
this was the result of playing around on the iPad ( photoshop express) I like this effect too, nice colours:
lastly, black and white:
I subscribe to 2 artists blogs, both masters of the collage; one: Clive Hicks-Jenkins, a good friend since 34 years, the other is Phil, whom I’ve met only once but I’ve got to know him through Clive and reading his blog. These links are both lifted from Clive’s blog:
here the blog on Phil:
Well it’s a beautiful Spring day , I’m off to walk the dog.