Monday, June 30, 2014

Daring Adventures in Collage: Week 4

So excited to be featured on the class page for Daring Adventures in Collage Week 3's Surrealist Collage! Remember Mama Bobcat and her basket full of kittens? Instructor Mati Rose McDonough said, "This one by Terri is just amazing! Kittens!!! It makes me smile each time I see it. I just noticed that she is marching towards a wine glass too;) I love how she just did it in her notebook with some quick paint strokes as a background. Well done, Terri!" That made my day!

Week 4 is an Unconventional Surface collage - so anything other than the usual canvas or paper surface. I decided to use on of the multitudes of old CDs I have around that I'm sure I'll figure out some creative use for some day. In my head, this was going to be a bird with a 3D head sticking out, but it turned into a flower instead. I used several catalogs I had around for the collage pieces and left some of the shiny CD showing for bling. And, of course, there's a garden gnome in there for good measure. I've got lots more CDs, the bird may be yet to come!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Daring Adventures In Collage: Week 3

This week's Daring Adventures in Collage assignment was a Surrealist Collage. I thought that would be a difficult task, but with the great inspiration provided by the instructor, Mati Rose McDonough, this proved to be the most fun collage yet! I plan to try more of these that escape reality a bit more than this collage does.

Meet stylish Momma Bobcat and her basket full of kittens (and a wolf). I figure after dealing with all of these kittens, she needed a big glass of wine! This collage has an acrylic paint and tissue paper background to add color since the composition was a bit too beige. I used a catalog model, a zoo brochure, an advertising postcard, and a daily cat calendar. The basket is a linocut that I created. I added a light paint wash to give it some color.

I decided to buy a visual journal this week so I could have a place to be messy, yet orderly since the pages are bound together. The canvases were feeling a bit too precious and made me feel like I should hang everything I did whether I liked it or not. Of course, now if I make something I really like, I have to decide whether I want to tear it out of the journal or not, so maybe paper is not precious enough? Ah, the quandary of the artist.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Daring Adventures in Collage: Week 2

For the second week of the Daring Adventures in Collage class, we were to create a Messy Collage. The idea was to not think to much, but to rip up pieces and add paint. In reality, I did think about it a bit, because I wasn't able to make the collage in one sitting. I ripped and stuck the paper and let it dry for a day before adding the paint. And, of course, I surveyed in between to decide what to do with the paint, though the white splotches were an impulsive addition.

Since my last canvas was so large, I used a 6" square canvas this time. The collage paper is the insides of 4 different envelopes, music, and a car from a Mazda ad I got in the mail. I applied the paint with an adhesive seam roller (like a brayer, but only 1 1/2" wide) and a spongy round spouncer and removed some of it with a wet paper towel.

As a bonus, I couldn't bear to just throw away to reddish-orangey-yellow paint I had mixed so I put it on another canvas to use for another project!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Daring Adventures in Collage: Week 1

I'm taking another art class to jump start my creativity which I haven't been taking time to nurture lately. This time it is Daring Adventures in Collage with Mati Rose McDonough. I have taken 2 previous classes with Mati (Daring Adventures in Paint and  Get Your Paint On) and both have helped me to experiment and to be less literal. While it might be nice to achieve perfection in my drawings and paintings, I'm just not a strong enough artist to do that and besides, that's not the style I'm drawn to. But, it's hard for me not to try to get those lines exactly right. These classes help me to embrace imperfection and try to be looser in my interpretations.

Daring Adventures in Collage takes off from the Daring Adventures in Paint class and book, but instead of focusing on paint with a bit of collage, we're focusing on collage with a little bit of paint! The first week's assignment was Creature Collage on a wood background.

 I repurposed a 16"x17" piece of one of my husband's grad school architectural models. It was a floor of a mill building and so has many parallel lines drawn to represent the wood flooring and a series of holes where posts were to hold up the second floor. If you look closely, you might notice flowers and butterflies in line to cover the holes. The wood had some interesting graining that I painted with green watercolor to turn it into a tree. For the collage materials, I used scrapbooking paper, part of a Kleenex box, old maps, music, wrapping paper, travel brochures, fabric from a sample book, and those free stickers and address labels you get in the mail.