Two collages exercises from the workshop with Seth Apter (click the link to see his blog for up coming tutorials/workshops ).
These were fairly quick exercises as we worked almost non stop except for a lunch break & morning & afternoon tea, most of our class skipped the afternoon cuppa.....trying to get our stencils & collages completed.
A couple of the stencil exercises using different mediums & techniques.
Do you read art magazines?
Do you look at all the tutorials & think there is one little piece of the puzzle missing?
You do everything step by step but it doesn't quite look like you think it should.
So when I heard the Art is You Mixed Media Roadshow was coming to Australia.......to Queensland.....to Tewantin !! I booked two workshops with Seth Apter, mixed media artist......
Seth is a very generous tutor, he was more than happy to fill in all the missing gaps & show the class how he makes art step by step to the very end.
If you are interested in any of his up coming workshops go have a look where he will be teaching.
Lots of information on his blog www.thealteredpage.blogspot.com
Just four weeks ago this was a blank canvas (48" x 36").
When someone asks me to " paint something for them", the question starts racing through my head: WHAT??.....Paint what?.....Not such a dilemma when you know the person well, as I did in this case.
Once the size & colours were agreed on I was pretty much left to make the subject decision myself.
I knew roads were a favourite with this person. My interpretation of this road is located very close to her birthplace of Cooma NSW. (Australia).
First thing to do was cover the canvas with yellow acrylic, draw a basic composition for the road & the Poplar trees. Sort through the paper stash to find images of her hobbies, likes, memories & start tearing the suitable images to make a start.
These papers become part of the grass, the colour of the knitted bits are the colour of the dry grasses around the Monaro.
Sheep & wool were a part of her childhood living in the country.
Filling in spaces with paint & torn paper collage. Trying to find suitable colours & textures for the composition.
A visitor taking refuge from the rain.
The sky is becoming a mixture of blue sky images, fabric, feathers & knitting...... my favourite part so far. The yellow Poplars are standing tall reaching for the light.
"We are all mad here"......not just the sheep!!
The butterfly represents her new venture into sewing & creating her own business.
"Blood Lines"= Family.
All the images blend & complement each other to tell her story.
Towards the end some of the images have been cut to give them more definition.
Layers of paper & paint all come together to create this painting of happy memories, & maybe some
fun discovering the relevance of some images.
Image transfer on old book page with gesso undercoat & cobalt blue acrylic around the edge of the pages.
I found this image a long time ago in a National Geographic magazine.
When I paint I brush excess paint onto old book pages etc. As I did this I noticed the words " this is what she wrote" at the top of the right hand page....this page just so happened to be the one I had chosen for this image transfer........so this was my inspiration for this artwork.