Most of my collages and paintings are on canvas. Lately I have been including hardboard and spray paint. I like the smoothness and glossiness of the spray paint. The problem with incorporating the spray paint, matte medium (for the collage part), and the sealing iron is that it bubbles:
I’m not sure if the bubbling is because I burned the paint or if the sealing iron-matte medium-hardboard combo is too touchy.
I stumbled on Studio Break (www.studiobreak.com) through a friend on Facebook. Studio Break does interviews with artists and shows examples of their current work. The artist that caught my eye was Travis Medford. I rarely see collage that I like, so when I saw Travis Medford’s work on Studio Break I had to check it out.
Here is one of Travis Medford’s collages from his Studio Break interview:
It feels like a quieter and less frantic version of Richard Hamilton’s 1956 collage
Studio Break will be valuable for me because since graduating college, I never get to collaborate with other artists or have any kind of serious critique of my work (although I am working on changing that- stay tuned). Studio Break lets me get a glimpse into how others work, their techniques, and experiences.
My latest collage is giving you a glimpse into my fun anxieties. The 8×10 canvas has a layer of decorative tissue paper for a background. Layered over that are images from mid century advertisements and medical text books. I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out. I’ve been working on simplifying my work. I tend to over-work collage. The result is usually an unfocused, boring piece.
I recently found out that someone purchased one of my paintings I had in the TAC member show at the AHHA building this fall. I was so excited to get this news. I’ve sold my art before, but it is either for a fund raising show (so I don’t see any of the money) or it is for commission (usually a friend). I’m not sure which of the two pieces sold. I guess I’ll find out this Friday when I pick up the other one.
I am continuing to work on my Pop Culture submission due November. So far I have just made a few collage sketches- nothing solid yet though.
Here is another paper and ink collage on canvas. This one is based on some decorative scrapbooking paper. It’s one of those mass produced papers designed to look nostalgic and old fashioned. My layers and alterations are in ink and marker only.
There are a couple of upcoming shows I am working on submissions for. Linus Art Galleries in Southern California is putting together a juried show exploring Pop Culture (due November 4). The other show is a visual arts festival through John Knox Presbyterian Church in Washington state. The theme for the visual art festival is clarity (due January 5). I have some ideas for a piece on clarity but feel a bit uninspired by the pop culture show. I am kind of surprised I don’t have a million ideas for a pop culture submission. So much of my source material is directly from glossy magazines, packaging, and cheap toys and food.