These two small collages (6"x6") were inspired by The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman. I've spent the last several weeks just trying new things, playing with techniques and trying my hand at the styles I admire. I'm not really sure if I'm learning anything, and sometimes I'm not even sure I'm having fun. This sort of random practice can be difficult. I guess I'm learning that I'm kind of a project oriented sort of girl! At any rate, these two little collages were fun and I enjoy the quirky implications of them. One thing that Randel Plowman mentions in his book is the concept of background, foreground, and middle ground. Now I've heard this idea before but somehow it has never stuck. I would never really have thought of the layers Mr. Plowman uses in his collages in this way if he hadn't spelled it out. At this point I haven't really tried to work with this concept but it is rattling around in my brain and will hopefully be of use to me.
Learning this way is like giving birth to a huge litter of puppies! Painful pushing and squeezing and then POP! suddenly you have a small squishy, wiggly bundle and you don't even know what you've got until you clean it off and really look at it. A few days later all the "puppies" are running around in different directions and are impossible to keep track of or control. Cute, but maddening!
I don't know why people don't consider being and artist a "real" job. Its certainly hard enough! LOL!