Having blog technical issues. New collages will be on Charleston Artist Collective site soon. Please check it for more dancers. Thanks.
This one is another version of Matisse's wife. I wish all of them came together as easily as this one. It will be available in Feb. on the Collective website, 9x12, in a white frame. The real title of this post is "Collage Burnout." Love Cubism, don't really understand it.
While working on collages, Charleston experienced a massive snow storm, a very rare event that brought things to a kind of nice standstill for a few days. I was able to keep working with the help of two extra space heaters and the Savvy Painter Podcasts. Now it's all melted as if it never happened.
"An avalanche of color loses all its force. Color can achieve its full expressive power only if it is organized and its degree of intensity corresponds to the emotion of the artist." - Matisse.
I just ordered this book from the show at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts about how Matisse used the objects he collected in his paintings. He collected a lot of things including textiles, not because of their monetary value, but for aesthetic reasons. Although for most of my life I had little interest in him, I now find him and his ideas about art fascinating and pivotal in the development of modern art.
I have never been more excited about what I'm planning for this year. I continue to find artists who work in collage and paint and they inspire me. Looking forward to working on architecture, figures and still life and possibly combining the first two, and revisiting some ideas that have worked well for me. Stay tuned.
I am currently stalled out in my art production so getting some inspiration from the master. Soon I will be doing some collages of dancers and it is so fascinating to see how artists show movement in figures. After that I plan to paint.
Laurette is one of Matisse's models. She was chosen to be on the promotional info for my pop up show for the Charleston Artist Collective beginning tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 16th. I had intended to post the time lapse video of me creating a collage here but it can be seen on Instagram. I wanted to comment that it does not include me making a collage from start to finish, which actually takes a number of sessions over a period of days. I sometimes play with the idea of using more random pieces of paper, but in the end it just has to look a certain way before it's done. In the future I plan to create a video of the entire process. But like most art, it is ever changing.
November 16th is almost here and I'm almost ready to release 20 new images. I have really enjoyed working on these collages. I want people to know that the inspiration for these came from famous artists I admire, Matisse, Diebenkorn, Degas, and a few others. My intention was to interpret paintings and drawings by these artists in collage. I have more ideas that I'm looking forward to trying. I hope if you like them, you'll take a look at the website: charlestonartistcollective.org
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.