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.
I’ve been pretty busy over the past 2 week sorting out work for Christmas shows – writing lists, filling out forms and a bit of framing. Feels like I’ve not painted for ages! But truth is this is where all the painting leads – unless you want to keep an ever growing collection of your own work.
So various bits and bobs will be on show and hopefully there will be a few sales. Fingers crossed.
However, I have a few – 7 to be exact – lovely A4 sized, splashy, semi abstract flowers that would make super Christmas presents and that can easily be ordered directly from me. Executed using watercolours and inks they are vibrant and full of movement.
I am offering these A4 sized, original works on quality paper, set in an A3 mount (mat) with backing board i.e. – they are ready to frame – and wrapped in cellophane for £125 inc p&p.
So if you are looking for something different to give as a Christmas present – perhaps an original work of art could be the answer.
The catch is that if your want one, you would need to order very soon to make sure you receive it in time for Christmas.
You can see these works on my site on the ‘Flowers- small works’ page and you can contact me from the site too.
Here’s one of them – this one is called ‘Fiery and Fabulous.