Collages and Experimental Work

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I’m not sure if this is a failed experiment or not. I had a used 36″ x 24″ canvas with an old painting on it, and covered it over with whatever colors I had the most of. I painted thick for an unusual texture.

Then I painted these little Art Nouveau figures on top in a few irrational colors. I used Cadmium Yellow where I would usually use white. Lastly, I smeared Pthalo Blue in a thin layer on top. It’s important to try new things every once in awhile.
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Collage in Green, Yellow, Blue and Brown

This is a collage on plywood at 28″ x 48″

It’s always a challenge to create some kind of coherent method to design these collages. This one is organized mostly by color. I started with the green area in the middle left and worked my way outward from there. Most of the photos are from National Geographic and Smithsonian magazines.

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Black & White Collage

Black & White Collage

Collage on masonite, about 24″ x 36″

Choosing only black and white photos for this one.

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Collage of Birds by Color

Collage of Birds by Color

This is a plywood panel, 18″x 48″ tall.

I decided to group birds by color for this collage. The bird photos are cut from magazines and pasted on with a decoupage paste called “ModgePodge.”

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Daisy Experiment

Daisy Experiment

I painted an 11″ x 14″ canvas solid yellow, let it dry, and then painted the flowers and leaves with a translucent mixture of linseed oil and paint.

I wanted the yellow to show through, so that it might look something like stained glass.

I let that dry, and then trapped all the colors with solid black lines.

This experiment was only partially successful, as it did not come out looking as good as I had hoped.

I may adapt this pattern to use for an actual stained glass project though.

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Cyanotypes

Cyanotypes

This stuff is pretty fun. It’s basically light-sensitive paper that burns in the sun.

You put objects and things on the paper to mask out shapes and shadows. Then you wait for 5 minutes or so, and develop the prints with warm water and a little lemon-juice.

I’ve been experimenting with different lighting conditions and exposure times.

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Triangulated Wealth, a Collage from Magazine Photos

Triangulated Wealth, a Collage from Magazine Photos

I cut out images from the Smithsonian Magazine, Scientific American, and the newspaper Creative Loafing to make this collage. It is mounted on a piece of Masonite, measuring 18 inches x 28 1/2.”

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Strange Landscape

Strange Landscape

Collage of magazine photographs on plywood, about four feet wide.

I gathered a lot of light-colored photos with low contrast, and grouped them in the center for a sense of depth.

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Tadpoles and Eclipse

Tadpoles and Eclipse

Photo collage on Masonite board, about 24″ x 36.”

Photos mostly from Smithsonian magazine and National Geographic.

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Faces and Things

Faces and Things

Photo collage on Masonite board, about 24″ x 36.”

Photos from published magazines.

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