Making Art, Making Choices
Rock Garden – Collage, 8 x 8″ Mounted on 14 x 11″ 100-lb. Paper
This collage could have been a painting. The only collage elements are the two tiny pieces of patterned paper. Otherwise, the whole background is painted.
I had a difficult time deciding to add the collage elements, but it wanted to be a collage. In this case, I could have stopped while it was still a painting. But I didn’t.
I went through a huge pile of collage papers, trying them one by one, in this spot and that, turning them this direction and then that direction, before making the ultimate choice.
I can’t explain it, but the process of making choices in a painting or a collage, or any other work of art, involves much trial and error. But once you find the thing or combination of things that the piece needs, you know it’s right. You just know. (Sometimes.)