I have a friend who I see only occasionally, but she is such a smart and interesting person that I look forward to those rare get togethers. She is not an artist, but works in technology, so I was a little surprised the last time I saw her to learn that she has become very excited about collage making. She had brought along photos of many of the small collages she has been making, assuring me that this was not art, but something else. I think this is the program that she is involved in, so I suppose it is something like art therapy. All a little woo-woo for me, but what I could see in my friend was the thrill of creating had seized her with these little collages. This is something I totally understand and really hope that everyone experiences in some realm of their lives.
So—collage. I have been thinking about collage since I saw her collages. Today I cut up some card stock, in neutral colors, into 5" x 7" cards. Then I pulled pages out of several magazines and catalogs and along with scissors and a glue stick, I now have a little collage supply bin. I plan to make two or three collages a week. These are exercises, just for me. I think collage is a great exercise in composition, and along with vowing to draw more, I hope these disciplines will improve my eye and hand and influence all I do in a positive way.
So, I made two today. Here they are.
The elements of this are all cut from magazine pages. Posted here it is hard to tell if those are real buttons or real metal. They are not real. They are photos from magazines. I cut that little guitar out of a separate photo and leaned it against the wall here. I kind of love the surreal quality of that.
There is a real "free association" thing going on with these. Neither were planned. I just started with one piece, added another and then another and... Knowing when to quit could be problematic. I was going to add a lot more to the second one, but I got that far and liked it. Minimal. Hmmm. There's a lesson already.