When I get myself into an artistic lull, I have a mixed media method that I employ. I’ve had friends try it as well and it can produce fun results.
Here it is.
Step One: Image Selection
My get out of a rut method is very simple. I go to my collage stash and start to look through it – quickly. When I see something which catches my eye – I pull it out. Speed is important here. I’m looking for that instant gut feel that says ‘Pick me!’
I usually pick between 5 – 10 images and know that I won’t use all of them. The collage above I think uses just 4, although often it’s about 6-8 pieces together. While those familiar with Dover PIctorial’s re-use policy may think this target number is because you can use up to 10 of their images in your project copyright free, it’s more because too many pictures and I get a little lost in the process of pulling out all the imagery.
Step Two: No refining
Having selected my 5-10 images, there is a temptation to ‘assess’ them. I could say that I can’t have a hand that’s just as big as the woman. Or I have a background which looks to be indoors but I have a rhinoceros. The whole point of my quick selection process is to stop making predictable combinations. If there is any refining to be done, it will only be culling a few of the images I have chosen. Selecting more is not an option.
Step Three: Putting it together
The lovely part about collage is shuffling the bits around before deciding to stick! There are entire blog posts dedicated to the best ‘glue’ for collage. Personally, I love matt medium. I see no reason to look at anything else.
These days most of my collages will be couple with some other media – whether that’s acrylic glazes, charcoal or – my favourite – Caran D’ache Neocolor I wax oil pastels (a very long way of saying ‘expensive swiss crayons).
Yet looking at the collage above, going back to just black and white collage may be fun. I’m off work until January 2nd, I feel a collage coming on.
If you’re in a rut, give the above a go! It may not result in your best artwork of all time but I can assure you, fun will be had and something will get created.
This painting was a rushed effort. I had problems with a certain cat who wanted to sit on me. I had images of her walking in the paint so I had to speed up. I think in the end the painting is better for it. Some of the colours got blended together as I wasn’t taking the time to clean my brush.
Not to be outdone, Licorice is inhibiting my blog writing. The laptop is not precariously balanced on my knee, pushed to this point my a fat 7 kilo furball.
Guess it’s going to be a limited words night.
It’s been a while since I put paint to canvas. On Thursday night, after visiting a friend and meeting her new cat Tigger, I got home and did not feel like any more work. I’d worked Tuesday night, I’d worked Wednesday night. I know when you come back from holidays there’s always a catch up to be had. Unfortunately, I know that it’s not just a few days of catch-up. Two work priorities have collided and short of performing cloning myself, it’s clear I’m going to need some help to get through it or my boss is going to have to be happy with a significant delay.
Either way, by Thursday night, I just wanted to enjoy. I picked up a paintbrush. I covered one board in paint. It was too wet, so I picked up another, then another. I love working on three paintings at once. Tonight, I have 4 on the go. This is the only one I think is finished.
I think it looks like doves. I’m sure that people may see other things in those smudges.