I spent last week working on some new wall art pieces for the course I'm doing. I was restricted to using a two colour palette + nuetrals for the assignment. Initially I was gutted to find out my colours [according to my astrological sign of all things] were green & yellow. Colours I both love so much but I didn't see working together so well without something like a splash of hot pink giving it some pop.
Anyway, I followed the brief, stayed true to my collage style & tried to be generous in terms of detail & amount of imagery. I love doing patchwork collage. And I adore little quaint scenes with houses & countryside, which of course I've done several. Only this time I turned the trees into flowers as we also had to include floral motifs or flowers in some way.
I originally created this piece below. Well this is the fixed up version. I had painted the flowers in rich yellows & orange [an extension of the yellow] and much larger but the composition wasn't quite right in my eye. The flowers needed to be scaled back a bit from the top of the canvas and I needed just a bit more space between the collaged vertical strip & the flowers. So I adjusted things in good old Photoshop & I'm much happier with this version. I also changed the yellow painted flowers to collaged vointage green fabric - an old thrifted bedsheet which is one of my favourites!
We had to include words on our piece too & considering my painted collage was a little story about the journey to finding success, I chose some famous Dr Suess words. Only problem was that the Dr Suess book title/quote I had used could have potential copyright issues so I thought it best not to use this piece for the brief. So I started another canvas....
I took the bits I loved best about the first canvas & built them in to this new piece. I increased the number of houses in my little village - indeed a long & winding road it is, trying to find some success, but lots of good things along the way!
I spunkied up my flowers & moved the collage strips to the side of the canvas. Something I've done quite often for extra interest & detail. I also added my birdy friend. I think its becoming part of my art story.
There were lots of painterly bits & its very textured. I have lots of panels of stitching from my sewing machine but of course unless you see the work up close much of that detail can be missed. I added lots of tissue, vintage fabric from thrifted bed sheets, vintage wallpaper, my own patterned collage papers which I just started printing last week [hopefully more soon!], lots of pen work, cheesecloth & pencil work too. I also added lots of black or gunmetal black/grey sequins [a gift from the lovely Tamar last year] in my piece which gives it lots of sparkle.
You can see the sparkle a little better in this photo here below. They aren't actually blue, I think the light was reflecting of the blue hoodie I'm lazing around in today. Anyway as you move around the light picks up the various sparkly sections & it looks so fun & disco! I'm really enjoying having it on my wall next to my desk for a bit.
So there you go, thats my collage piece for this week. This is definitely my most favourite market, its what I've been doing most. But I can see that if I work on all sorts of characters & scenery, in my painterly collagey way, that my designs could work on journals & bedding & throw pillows & iPad skins etc.... A bit childish & quirky, but thats what appeals to me most and makes me blissfully happy when I'm making.
Someday I hope I see that all come true!
Oh and I forgot to mention the pic up top where I superimposed my artwork [in much larger scale] into a room scene I found on the internet. I think it would be quite a cute & curious piece for some cool & quirky office waiting room. Maybe a psychologist, town planner or speech therapist or something. What do you think? A bit of fun really.