After what feels like ages I am back in the studio making new collages like a maniac.
NEW ADDITIONS TO MY BOTANICAL ART FAMILY
I’ve been working on my botanical art family for almost a whole year now. It already consist of:
- 4 oil paintings on canvas (40 x 50 cm)
- 4 wooden fretwork sculptures (appr. 30 x 30 x 30 cm)
- 4 wooden collages (in the making, appr. 25 x 25 x 5 cm)
- 32 oil paintings on paper (in the making, 20 x 30 cm)
And now I am back in the studio to add some (read: 32) botanical collages to the bunch. My collage supplies include the ink sketches I made in preparation for the 32 oil paintings on paper.
After cutting out the botanical shapes I decided to also cut out the ink lines I put in between and here and there. So the cutouts I was left with are more open and ‘see-through’ than in my earlier work.
I decided to colour the cutouts with oil pastels and make the base layers using ink in different colours. This way I will end up with a mixed media feel because of the different textures and saturation.
So far: 2 are completely done, 14 have been put together but are waiting to be glued and another 16 haven’t seen the light of day yet.
THE PERKS OF BEING BACK IN THE STUDIO
It is such a blast to be back in the studio. Finally reunited with my scissors and glue!
It feels like I have been hoarding all this inspiration and these ideas for the past couple of months. So now it’s like I can’t take a minute of working, because I almost can’t keep up with my cutting and my colouring.
Another perk of being back in the studio is that it’s just upstairs! Since our house move I’ve also moved my studio back home and it feels like a complete bliss to be able to make art before breakfast. Or to squeeze in a small collage before bed.
So this is me hoping the most time consuming things of moving are behind me (although there is still a garden in need of some serious tlc…) so I’ll be able to get back to blogging and sending out art updates.
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