Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mixed Media Collage

Too Many Leaves, 22x30" Mixed media collage, January 2012

This is the first of two pieces I've completed this year with two more in the working. As mentioned below I regained my stability in the studio at the end of last year by beginning a new series of mixed media on paper. This piece and the second are currently on exhibit, and I failed to get a picture of the second due to poor time management I suppose. I will get a picture of it when I get it back in a few weeks. These pieces are collages using interesting papers that I made without any specific intentions in mind. They are still lifes, and in the tradition of still life each object juxtaposed within the composition have a symbolic meaning. A student the previous semester posted messages throughout the school that they no longer wanted to see art that had leaves, flowers, personal meanings, etc. in them which caused a wonderful flurry of conversations within the art student body as you might imagine. I started both new pieces with flowers and leaves as subject matter. For me the titles had double meaning - as with this one, "Too Many Leaves" also refers to the passing of both my parents.

Nags Head - Mixed Media with objects (2007)

This piece I did a long time ago but I happen to be in the process of framing it for the house. This has been a favored piece from a series where I was using found objects and responding to them with other media within a composition. I had it stapled to the wall of my studio for a long time and I decided to frame it proper, which will take spacers, etc.

It Certainly Has Been Awhile - Edisto Island Spring Break - March 2012

Sunrise on the morning we left Edisto and returned to Boone. You never really do leave Edisto - we plan to be back in a couple of months. Peace.

Sand Quarters View - March 2012

Hannah's Dress - March 2012

Edisto Still Life - March 2012

It Certainly Has Been Awhile - Sketchbook images from last Thanksgiving, November 2011

Candle and Cup Still Life - November 2011

New Castle Still Life - November 2011

Olive Oil Still Life - November 2011

Yellow Tail Still Life - November, 2011

Here are more sketchbook images from Thanksgiving, when my watercolor buddy Ken is with us for the holiday. By now I was working in the studio when I could, but had focused entirely on non-objective mixed media collages.

It Certainly Has Been Awhile - Sketchbook from last May, 2011

Tabby Gardner's Shed , Botany Bay, Edisto Island SC - May 2011

Sand Quarters Back Porch, Edisto Beach, SC - May 2011

Palmetto Beer Still Life - May 2011

The view from Edings Street, Edisto Beach, SC - May 2011

Well 2011 was almost a nothing year for me. My father took ill then by about this time last year he passed on to reunite with the cosmos once again. My studio production went to nearly zero. It's funny how such an event that no one can escape affects people so differently. Some close friends assured me that I should be in the studio producing away, as that was the proper way to deal with it all. I could see their point of course, but I had no powers, no will (if you will). It was all I could do to maintain a semblance of normal life for those who count in my life. I did do some sketchbook work here and there, which you see above. I ended the year by returning to my old stand-by, non-objective, mixed media collage work. Watercolor was just too hard; I lost the Zen it requires. I will start posting my mixed media here too as I complete them - my first two images are currently on exhibit and I only took a picture of the first one (poor time management). So enough of all that, here are some sketchbook stuff from this past year: