Affiche: I'm still experimenting with designing in a grid, working with analogous warm colors. Also trying for some interesting texture. As in Graffiti, I'm seeing a wall with traces of old posters, peeled and worn by weather and the passage of time.
Affiche is 6x6" Acrylic media and collage on panel.
How to start a collage: When our class asked Carrie Burns Brown how she begins a collage, she responded wryly: " There is no way to begin a collage.You just start gluing things down." This may be sage advice about starting any painting. I find sometimes it is not until the hand begins to move thatthe ideas begin to come!
Limited palette: With collage, I've used fluid acrylics for the first time.Also new colors: raw umber, thalo turquoise, nickel azo yellow.As I discovered in oil, limiting your palette can really strengthen your design.And limiting your palette is not just putting out a few colors to paint with.It means limiting the colors that actually end up on the canvas!Big difference! This involves a lot of restraint.
Harvest is 6x6" acrylic and collage mounted on 8x8" matte board.
Simple composition, complex surface: The wonderful gouache artist Donna Zagotta once said that she aspires to "simple compositions with complex surface treatments." I think that is a great way to try and harness all the delicious papers I've been making!
Autumn is 7x7" acrylic and collage, mounted on 10x10" matte board.