Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"A Touch of Blue" ($40.00)

($40.00....mounted on a 1/8" depth clayboard panel)

"Paint my life with warm colors and a touch of blue." Warm colors advance visually in a painting and cool colors recede. Both are needed to make a compelling picture which is also true in life. Sometimes we all need to advance and enter life with "gusto", but there is also a time to pull back...and be alone.

There are many ways to incorporate collage in an art piece. You are only limited to the available time to experiment. There are several painters I admire who paint "photographic like" images within a very abstract background. That is basically the technique I have been using with collage elements.

There are several things to consider when taking this approach. First, the collage elements need to look like they were "made to order" for that particular background. In my case, I have been composing a still life on top of the background with the collage. It doesn't take too many collage pieces to accomplish this, but it can take time to find just the right piece for the right background. But this is actually the fun part and if you have a ton of magazines lying around, you'll have more than enough material to choose from. Be careful not to include images that are obviously someone else's creation...like a painting, a beautiful flower arrangement that looks like it was created by a floral designer. I generally stick to odd bits and pieces on a page and sales catalogs are also a good source. It's great fun and something you might want to try or think about. (Adhere collage pieces with gel matte med...brushed on straight from the jar following by running a brayer over the pieces.)

Please contact me personally to inquire about this piece.

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