This small 6x6 black and white collage is from a photograph of Diebenkorn's actual model. It started as a gouache painting in black. I did cheat and use some paper that had a mauve tint to it. Sometimes when I can't find the color in the right value, another color must stand in for it. I am working on small collages for a pop up, online show in November for Charleston Artist Collective. There will be a lot of variety in color and some new poses and some I have used before.
This is after Degas. When I see a photograph of a collage or painting of mine posted somewhere, I always see things I want to change. I like for some of the under painting to show. I felt I could not improve on the figures in the background with collage, without drawing too much attention to them.
This new collage will be in my pop up show I am doing for the Charleston Artist Collective in mid November. There will be about 20 new collages mostly 6x6 framed. Most of them will be figures, but a few will be abstract with exciting color combinations. Soon I will be starting a new painting series but still thinking about subject matter.
I just dropped off some larger framed collages at the Charleston Artist Collective Gallery on Whilden St. in Mount Pleasant. This one is after Matisse's "Madame Matisse." The colors are so good I may have to do another one in a rectangle to get the whole figure in. The face is grey and mask like because at this time Matisse, like his friend and rival Picasso, was influenced by African tribal masks and sculpture.
This is my collage interpretation of Matisse's painting, "Algerian Woman." I am still looking at Matisse and Diebenkorn for composition and color. Sometimes it is just the pose. It's difficult to decide what to leave out, and when to just go with your own intuition. The process is completely engrossing and maybe even obsessive.
This is from a recent trip to Western North Carolina. This sketch is of two paddle boats on the lake where I stayed. It rained so much that when the sun finally returned I had a whole different impression of everything. Always looking for subject matter, I learned that (after leaving my paints at home), the WNCPAP painters were less than a mile away. Better planning next time.
This painting is underway and nearing completion. I have collected dolls for years and these are some of my favorites, from Jamaica, Charleston, and Lady's Island, SC. The one on far right is contemporary. The other two are antiques. I have more that are very unique, and handmade but unfortunately I don't know much about who made them or exactly where they actually came from. Just that to me they are works of art, an expression of women who sewed, just as quilts are. I was looking at Picasso's and Romare Bearden's "Three Musicians," for inspiration too.
This is the oldest tree at Magnolia Garden and Plantation. It is so old it has a concrete block built into it to shore it up. The sun made a nice configuration on the trunk for a brief moment. The Caladiums around the base added some color. This is always a wonderful place even in the heat of summer. Painting in summer here, is a challenge but must keep going.
This collage is based on a painting by Diebenkorn of a woman reading on the beach. Moving away from painting for a while, but finding that the process that created this collage is very much like the process I use in painting. Actually working on both at this time. A collage of a painting or a painting of a collage.