Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
This past week I traveled to Traverse City with 3 of my artist friends and colleagues. Months ago, we signed up for a 4 day workshop through the Traverse City Art Center. The workshop was to cover collage, and while was admittedly less than interested in collage as an �art form�, I was very excited to spend the week creating with my friends, far, far away from the ladders and scaffold and house paint that usually fill my muralist/decorative painting work-weeks.
I was immediately blown away by our instructor's talent, unique approach and the artistry with which she �paints� with papers. Each of the papers used are hand painted & patterned for use as virtual �brushstrokes� on the painting�s surface. I used to hate collage. But after this workshop, I�m addicted.
The day after I came home, I pulled out a half-worked canvas
It had been milling about my studio for months now�a stunning background in blues and purples. The problem? The texture of the surface was a far cry from what I needed to create the playful flowers I envisioned growing up from the rocky, iridescent purple ground.
I immediately set upon creating flowers with collage. The sturdiness and opacity of the paper would hold up against not only the deep tones of the existing background but also the heavy texture.The finished piece �Three Poppies� symbolizes to me the time spent in Traverse City with my 3 beautiful friends, Michele, Helena and Carleen. Each stands strong and beautiful against the gorgeous scenery of coastal sky, and while our backgrounds are in paint, we are grounded in a new love of paint, collage, and of one another. The measures 18�x36� and is on stretched gallery wrapped canvas, (ready to hang). The piece is $750, though I feel this piece, much like my time spent in Traverse, will be hard to let go.
July 9th, 2014
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