One of my favourite ways of working is using collage to form the basis of a composition. But in these works I only use papers that I have prepared myself in advance; that is sheets of paper that have been splattered with paints and inks.
The mediums are run into one another and scored through with various utensils to create interesting marks. Often, I use a printing roller to merge colours and if the paint is thick, it makes beautiful, textured patterns. I also love to use metallic paints and inks as these create areas that catch the light.
When the papers are dry, I rip them into random sized pieces. The next step is then to choose pieces that will form a pleasing composition on a canvas. Once glued in place, more medium is added to create depth and interest.
Each work can take several days to complete. I create these collage landscapes in various sizes, from mini 7 x 5 inch to large 24 x 24 inch. One day soon I plan to attempt a really large one.
Until then, here’s a pic of two minis with golden skies framed and ready to go to a Christmas exhibition in a very nice gallery. Fingers crossed for a sale. If you like them, you can see more on my website.