Gill and I have chosen this week's Collage Theme, which is Food and Drinks, leaning towards the Greek meze plate, similar to a plate of hors d'oevre, generally eaten with some ouzo to wash it down with. It made me realise how little food I've ever sketched or painted, so I sat down to give it a try. The watercolour sketches below are what I came up with! I sketched them from some recent photos - it was a good exercise for me and made me really look at what was on the plates! The first one is a greek salad, and the second the meze plate. Hopefully I can incorporate one or both into a new collage.....
Another relatively successful blogging week has passed and I've added two more to the collection. The first one mainly 'features' an image from a recently finished small painting. They are both A3 in size.
This one I incorporated the collage into my usual style of painting - though not much of the collage is visible in the finished painting! I find it rather interesting that I can work on these and just watch them grow, but when doing my weekly paintings, I labour more over them, even though they're considerably smaller - something I need to address?!
All of these collages do have a Greek theme to them, but I am determined to try my hand at something familiar with French and Italian themes. Am rather excited to think I can trawl through all those bags of collected bits from my travels, both here and in Sydney. I suspect my suitcase will be full of potential collage bits, when I leave Sydney in December!
Following on from last week's sketching at Koroni's beautiful monastery, I've finally completed my two collage paintings. I do think each one is starting to look rather like the other - does this matter I wonder? I find the colour palette is important and I'm tending to play around with the complimentary opposites - all a learning process!
I'm relatively happy with these two, using previous sketches I've done; the first from the Koroni monastery, and the second from Meteora, that amazing area in Central Greece with 24 monasteries perched up on incredible rock formations. Before next week, I hope also to be able to try one using a more central 'figure' with my usual painting style.
After a rather long break, Gill and I ventured out into the August heat for some sketching. We made an 8.30am start at the large church overlooking the bay, Panagia Eleistria, and then went up above to the Holy Monastery of St John. Its such a stunning Monastery with sketching material in every direction. We didn't quite make it inside as stopped to sketch the outside, but it was lovely sitting in the long grass under a tree with the cicadas screeching overhead.
I was very rusty!
I've just emailed out my first collage as an Art Weekly painting and will be most interested to see if there's any feedback! http://jackiesinfrance.blogspot.com/ I'm now starting to enjoy working in collage very much, particularly those paintings where I've incorporated the collage with my usual style of painting. It certainly seems to keep me much looser and it somehow helps the painting come together. Looking at the various collages below, I think its pretty obvious which ones these are. Scroll down to see the various posts which show the collages as t
So far, as collage, I've been using Greek newspaper and my sketches, plus any other interesting pieces of paper with Greek writing, eg paper bags, tickets etc. I'm also unleashing coloured inks and oil pastels, as well as plenty of gesso and gel medium for texture. There are plenty more things I'm keen to try.
My aim is to do a series of collages from Greece, France and Italy incorporating some of my sketches (or parts thereof) with the many lovely bits and pieces I've collected over the years. Stay tuned for these.....