Thursday, November 26, 2009

About Collage

ROMANCE, pictured here, is a different kind of collage operation from the miniatures I have been posting up to now. It’s a lot bigger, 50 x 38 inches, and painted first before anything was adhered to its surface. The other collage mode is assembling separate pieces to form a whole and then adding paint or some other medium to enhance the array and make it cohesive and coherent.
For the process that produced ROMANCE, after the heavy etching paper was painted and some materials applied to add texture to the surface, the collage application began. It consisted of a variety of materials, some of them new and experimental for me. These included acrylic skins which are delicate films of paint that are removed from the non-stick surface they were painted on and transferred to the painting. There were also elements painted or printed on tissue paper or other transparent materials. And there were image transfers. To read more about how some contemporary technology gets integrated into this mix, go to TheStudio. Another material that was melded into this painting was cut-outs made from painted paper or printed paper of my design and fabrication.
After all the collage pieces were adhered using an acrylic medium, more color was applied in the form of pastel, oil pastel, powdered pigment , colored pencil, graphite and more acrylic paint. This final embellishment is required to make it become one unified whole.
Romance is one of a series of five works I named The Piante Five that were painted for an exhibition at  Piante Gallery earlier this year. Click on Pianteshow to see the rest of the group and read about what sparked their birth.

Click on Butterflies and Tinies to see miniatures available for purchase.

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