Tuesday, March 27, 2012

More Scrap Collages

You know very well that I love making abstract collages from my paper scraps. They come in handy in so many ways later on. They're good for backgrounds, they're good for subject matter, they're just fun! And making them is akin to therapy. I just let my mind wander and subconsciously focus on color. I've made these two this week to use in two different art pieces which are currently under construction.

Saturday, March 24, 2012


I've learned that creating a banner for an exhibit tent is very different from creating a banner for a blog or a website. I thought I could just take images of my artwork and stretch them to fit. Hah! By the time you take an average painting and make it fit a 10" x 60" space it is quite pixilated and no amount of adjustments in Photoshop will make it any better.

So, I just created a banner from scratch, making the original size 10x60. I think I like it. Of course, it's 2:00 a.m., too, so right now I'm not in a position to make any long lasting judgments. I'll look at it again once I've slept on it.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

New Beginnings

8x8 Canvas - ready for more fun!
By now I know you know just how excited I am by the prospect of a blank canvas. This morning I had three of them. I laid out a palette of paints in my favorite shades of blue and turquoise (with some purple thrown in for good measure) and just started covering canvases and any other blank sheets of paper I could get my hands on. I have no idea, yet, what my subject matter will be on any of them. That's part of the fun. Waiting to see what the paint will suggest to me. 

A blank canvas represents a new adventure, a new journey; no passport required. Just a suspension of belief and a sureness that you can make magic.
After I finished covering canvases, I spread the paint over the palette paper and added tiny blue star confetti. I will one day use this in a collage.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Paisley Bathtub

"The Paisley Bathtub" - 5x7 - Mixed Media Collage

I think this has to be my favorite "bathing beauty" to date. If I could have a paisley claw foot tub, don't you know, I absolutely would! And most definitely a head wrap to match.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Hydrangea Crabulata

"Hydrangea Crabulata" - 10x10 - Mixed Media Collage

I've done so many paintings of hydrangeas over time that I've run out of names. So, I decided to name my own variety. Of course my special hybrid has seed pearls growing in the flower centers.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Another Bathing Beauty

"Mirror, Mirror" - 5x7 - Mixed Media Collage

Just had to create another little bathing beauty because the last one was so much fun!