I completed this one (entitled "Free Range") a couple of days ago. It's a simple assemblage--featuring a collaged background and mono-print of a feather--in a plain, 10" x 5" x 3" wooden box. It also includes a resin bird skull and some wooden piano parts.
After seeing the stencil/collage portraits that I'd done of my two daughters, a local woman contacted me to see if I'd do some similar pieces of her three daughters. Of course, I said yes!
I built cradled, 20" x 24" hardboard panels to use in this project. Each piece began with a collage background; I tried to use images that were significant somehow to each of the ladies. The remainder of the process was pretty much layering spray paint through stencils. I hand cut all of the stencils. Here are the finished pieces.
I'm extremely pleased with how these turned out, and I believe the client was equally pleased. Here's hoping this leads to more commissions in a similar vein. Fun project...
Last summer I built a few cradled, hardboard panels. A couple of weeks ago I did some collage work on three of them, with the intention of going back later to add some other elements, such as spraying on stenciled images. Today's weather allowed me the opportunity to spray outside. That said, here's a short slide show of today's art output.
Size = 20" X 24" cradled hardboard panel.
Just finished two 5" x 7" collages on paper. The first is entitled "Revised," and the second is entitled "Mary Posa's Posse."
Here's a little (4" x 10"*) collage I did yesterday. Composed of vintage papers and a transfer of a heart image; also, there's a bit of acrylic ink and paint thrown in.
*This is an odd-sized frame because in its former life it was around one of those cheap decorative pieces (probably made in China) that people--including me, apparently--buy at big box stores. It's kind of my quest (albeit a mini one) to give these frames new life--let them contain hand-crafted art, rather than mass-produced decor-vomit.
Last fall I found a canvas (2 x 3 feet) at a garage sale. Even though I'm not a painter, for two bucks I couldn't resist bringing it home. In the winter I cut up a few brown paper grocery bags and glued them to the canvas; my intent was to create a bit of texture. After that I painted it red and black (see first pic below), and then for whatever reason it sat in my workspace until today when I resurrected it.
I just put the finishing (perhaps--I may add a bit more later) touches on the piece by glueing chunks of text I cut from a circus poster. This morning I played around with other colors--some green, some white, and some blues (second pic).
Layer one: glued on pieces of brown paper bag. Layer two: black paint, red paint, and a bit of sanding to reveal what's below.
Layer 3: a bit more paint and some more sanding.
Layer 4: glued down chunks of text cut from a poster.
My first art goal of the summer was to finish 10 collages; this piece ("Scenic," an 8 x 10" collage on paper) is my tenth. Goal met--yeah. This small body of work will soon be headed to Tandem Brick Gallery in Des Moines.
Now it's time to get back into my assemblage work for a few days. As much as I'm loving the collage process, I doubt I'll be able to keep myself away from it for too long, though.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.