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.
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!
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.
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.