I've been experimenting with different styles of collage just recently, and trying to finish some to put them up onto my website. I now have 5 completed and they are really rather varied, and don't necessarily compliment each other! In the two below, I've tried to keep things a little simplier than usual, and also with more subdued colours, which I'm starting to like for a change. Its a start I guess.....
I'm posting these two collages on a beachy theme, though I must say I'm not too sure whether they're finished yet. I really wanted to keep the second one as simple as possible, especially since the first one would have been better done on paper twice as large! I suspect the second is a little too simple though.
We're off in the morning on the start of our trip to Sydney (details here http://jackiesinfrance.blogspot.com/) so the collages will take a back seat for a while, though I would like to try some New Zealand and Australian versions.
Another new collage theme and I only managed to produce one this week. Its only a short time before we head off on our jaunt to Sydney, and I suddenly seem to have numerous paintings crying out to be finished.
I tried to keep things a little more simple this week - I think its worked ok. I suspect on our return to Greece early next year, I might need to try some collage on larger paper, thus using the same amount of collage, but with more room to manouvre!
I've decided its time to add all these collages to a new Gallery in my website, but am having the most awful time trying to name them?!
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.
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.....
Although Gill and I are at other ends of Greece right now, we've still managed to keep up our collages, and today had a meeting on Skype to present our latest works - how techy is that?! The subject was 'boats' and from this end, boats it was...... I'm presently on the island of Skiathos and everywhere there is water there are boats, fortunately in the old harbour, a lot of the more traditional ones. Below are my two A3 collages. Gill enjoyed the subject so much, we're extending it for another week. It may have been noticed that these 'weeks' sort of stretch out a bit and can become two or three 'weeks' - Greek style!
Working with the last two subjects, I've had fun trying two different collage techniques. One is using collage as an under surface, and then painting the subject on top, in a nice loose way, if I can manage it. The second one is making a collage consisting of various bits and pieces of the subject
I finished the 'Cafe' collage ready for 'presentation' today. I did enjoy doing this one, although in the image below it doesn't necessarily come across as a collage. I'll be away from mid next week until the beginning of August, but Gill and I have decided to continue our Collage Challenges by staying in contact by email and posting the collages online each week - could be interesting!
Next week's subject is 'Boats' - we've had plenty of practice sketching these locally, so it will be an interesting to see what we come up with!
Gill and I are still enjoying our collage challenges, although the weeks have become a little sporadic with us being away in Kefalonia, Athens and other parts of Greece!
The collage below is the Cafe theme - and we enjoyed it so much we felt the need to have some more attempts, and I'm currently working on my next one. In this I am hoping to combine the collage and my usual way of painting, as I did with the previous Poppies one. With this one, we've decided to try using A3 - there's something about the smaller paper or canvas and collage that feels a little restricting?!
Since Gill and I set ourselves a Weekly Collage project a few weeks ago, after a somewhat slow start, I think we've both made rather pleasing progress! It's interesting to see the difference in what we come up with even though we have the same theme. Gill is from more of an illustrative background and her collages show that beautifully, whereas I'm coming from a painting direction, and my collages seem to have started looking like an extension of my paintings.... now, if I could just get something somewhere in the middle, I'd be happy. Anyway, here's an example of my latest. The themes were 'Signs and Lettering', and then 'Flowers'. Next week we're attempting something along the line of 'Cafes' which is something we are both fairly familiar with, although more in the eating and drinking capacity!