Tuesday, June 28, 2016

This week's collages -- giant insects, giant fish, giant boots, and more

Here are collages I made last week for Los Dias Contados. Visit that site to see how other artists have used the same starting image. 

To see all my collages, go to my Flickr feed here.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Auditioning images for a collage

Auditioning images for a collage
One skill I've learned for constructing collages is the technique of auditioning. That's a fancy word for trying out different images before I paste one down, to see which works best. (Thanks to John Arbuckle for sharing this technique.)

Yesterday while working on a collage for Los Dias Contados, I auditioned lots of images before I found the right one. I thought it might be interesting to describe the process and the judgments that led me to the final image.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

This week's collages -- a teddy bear, a lion, a ballerina, and 2 more

Here are collages I made last week for Los Dias Contados. Visit that site to see how other artists have used the same starting image. 

To see all my collages, go to my Flickr feed here.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

My new guide to making your own bags and cases

As an experiment, I converted a selection of tutorials from my blog into an ebook. I'm hoping it makes the information a bit more accessible, at least on mobile devices. Plus, I get to say I'm a book author!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

This week's collages -- ducks, monks, chicks, 'shrooms

Here are collages I made last week for Los Dias Contados. Visit that site to see how other artists have used the same starting image. 

To see all my collages, go to my Flickr feed here.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Secret Pocket Book

At this week's collage workshop, our fearless leader showed us how to make a special envelope book. Here's what mine looks like from the outside. Nothing special, right?

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Last week's collages -- butterflies, macarons, ostriches and more!

Here are collages I made last week for Los Dias Contados. Visit that site to see how other artists have used the same starting image. 

Can you guess which is my favorite?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

Slow progress with wax

A while back I shared my struggles with learning a new skill, specifically encaustics (painting with wax). I continue to plug away and finally, I think I'm starting to get it. Just barely. 

Here are some recent works that I don't mind sharing. 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Another dose of collage

Here are collages I made last week for Los Dias Contados. Visit that site to see how other artists have used the same starting image.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mastering a new skill is hard

I love learning. But sometimes I forget that learning entails frustration, confusion, doubt -- at least when it comes to art. Two steps forward and one step back (only one, if you're lucky).

I'm at that "one step back" stage now with encaustics. I keep reminding myself that I'm just a beginner trying to master a tricky medium (wax). Beginners make mistakes, produce ugly things, waste art supplies. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Seeing is believing -- 5 new collages

I've been making lots of collages in the past few weeks, most for Los Dias Contados. Here are a few of my favorites. (To see them all, go to my Flickr feed.)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Making art on the road -- pretty cool, eh?

On my recent trip to Vancouver, I tried a travel "game" that some of my artist friends like to play. I made collages using only the materials I found in my hotel or on the street. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Art over the border: a MASHUP of multimedia in Vancouver

This past week I traveled to Vancouver BC to see the fabulous MASHUP exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery. I went to see works by some of the earliest collage artists.