Works In Progress
These are the two larger mixed media paintings shown in my previous post on Friday. Lots of progress, and they may be close to finished. These are my first real collage paintings. In the past I’ve either done “collage” or “paintings.”
I learned that with collage on canvas I like the security of the grid, even if it’s a loose grid. I learned that paper can substitute for paint to change a color or a value. It’s hard to describe the difference between working small and going larger with collage. The small collages in sizes up to 11×14 inches are much more intimate and can be completed in a relatively short time. Decisions are usually instantaneous. Not always, but that’s my general experience.
With a larger canvas, I tend to take more time and step back, or sit and contemplate the piece from across the room. In that aspect, it’s no different from my other large paintings that did not incorporate collage.
The glossy areas are from the afternoon sun when these were shot. When they are finished the surfaces will be uniformly glazed, probably in a satin finish. I’m pleased with the wrinkles of some of the papers, which works well with the deep paint texture.