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Collage Crazy

February 11, 2009


Well here’s the thing — I’ve been working on multiple projects and they’re all beginning to run together, just like this little ditty of a digital collage. The above is an example of something I’ll build with pieces and parts of other images, and then I’ll start to zoom in on various areas that start to look interesting. For instance, I’m liking the bottom right hand corner a lot:


And maybe the colors don’t work, but there are a million possible color combinations. 

The stuff that’s running together in my head . . . 

First were the fifteen 8″ square boxes that I had to finish and deliver on Monday. Now I’m thinking of what to do to the next dozen or so.

Then before that was the day I spent cutting out magazine pages for my inspiration files. And today I’m doing that again. This always gets my creative wheels spinning.

In between, when I can sit at the computer, I work on some new concepts for a client who wants some nature imagery, and another client who wants Mid-Century Modern. (For both of these projects the clippings come in very handy as inspiration!)

As a result, my brain is racing in a good way. But also as a result I can’t even watch TV without looking at the backgrounds in the pictures to see what looks like possible paintings and collages.

This is getting so distracting I can’t pay attention to what I’m hearing or supposed to be watching.

Do any other artists have this problem? Or am I going crazy?

14 Comments leave one →
  1. candiedfabrics permalink
    February 11, 2009 2:18 pm

    Whether it’s working on the computer for work (putting together a powerpoint presentation for a lecture) or working on my art, if I was really involved visually with that work, I find it extremely hard to switch gears and communicate verbally. I should use that indicator of how hard it is to switch gears to gauge how involved I was with the creating! (easy to switch? slacker! Hard to switch – actually making something worthwhile!)

  2. February 11, 2009 2:26 pm

    Candiedfabrics, well said!!

  3. Sandra permalink
    February 11, 2009 9:07 pm

    I just LOVE the colours, especially the beautiful green in the centre, plus the red and yellow, they all look so good contrasted with the more muted colours. We’re going to be doing some collage this term at evening class, I’ll find great inspiration in your works.

  4. Sandra permalink
    February 11, 2009 9:09 pm

    I can’t resist saying that the exhibition of artworks from last year’s class is now up in a local eaterie. It looks really great, filling the walls of both rooms in the restaurant. I was afraid my two would look quite inferior but they seem to blend in, and I’ve had some compliments on them. Gives me more confidence starting out this term.

  5. February 11, 2009 9:27 pm

    I do get “grooved” with imagery if I’m working intensely for a long time, where everything looks like a painting or a composition. But I do find it easy to switch– I think it’s just wiring.

    The finding of patterns in everything reminds me of a study that said that there is a range of pattern-finding ability in humans, and at the extreme end, where people find patterns even in chaos, those people are schizophrenic. Next to them are artists– we are metaphor makers, people who associate things, pattern detectors, able to find significance in a nearly random arrangement of dots… but we don’t dream quite as deeply as the schizophrenics.

  6. February 12, 2009 12:45 am

    I vote for going crazy. LOL. Nope, just in top creative gear really – a very cool place to be.

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