White on White Aspen Collage

The last bit of homework is done. Now I have to collect everything together in a great big pile and get ready to go back to class. It will probably take me all afternoon to finish that task. I’m always afraid that I will leave something I need at home. Thus I take the entire studio with me 🙂

This is a sketch of the aspen tree I have been studying in the spring. The leaves are just starting to grow bigger and it still has its little seed pod thingees. I am not sure what these are called. The assignment was a white on white collage.

Here’s what I came up with. Enlarge the photo to see it better. White on white is definitely subtle.

Here’s a bit closer view. I used a variety of Japanese rice papers to create the tree. I hope you have a great weekend and I will post again once I return from class.


Back to Trees

If you know me, this shouldn’t surprise you. I finished most of my homework and now I am creating more pieces in my favorite category, trees. The instructions are to work any other ideas, don’t let the outline limit you and add to it freely. So that’s what I’m doing. I wanted to try another collage with the acrylic skins. I was thinking of doing a pheasant but then I looked at one of the skins and saw a tree. So a tree it became.

This is the tree after I cut it out. I used a grey and green skin that had a tree trunk shape and one branch that I saw from the paint pouring. I cut those out and then added roots and more branches. It looked OK but it definitely needed some darker values in the tree. So I decided to add more paint. I glued it down first and then added paint on top.

This is after adding some darker paint for more contrast. Now that I am looking at it on the computer, I am wondering if I need to change the background color slightly at the bottom to make the tree feel more grounded. It kind of seems like it’s floating. What do you think?

Then I decided to use one of my sketches of an aspen branch. I enlarged the design on the copier and then cut out a branch from purple paper. The skin I was going to use was green and purple so I thought a purple branch would be perfect. From a distance, it doesn’t even look purple now. Sorry for the quality of the photos, it’s getting really dark here early in the afternoon and this branch was really hard to photograph.

Here’s a slightly closer view. This one took a long time cutting out and pasting down all the leaf bits and the branch. But I really like the result. I am also learning what works for gluing down the skins and what causes them to bubble up.

And I finally finished a notebook cover I had been working on for over a month now. It has probably 8-10 layers of paint and then a transfer of the leaves from a laser copy.

I filled the notebook cover with a range of value painted paper from yellow to red violet. I’m sure that it won’t stay that way but I needed some paper in the notebook cover. The insides and back of the covers are painted too. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend.


A Couple More Samples

I have been working on these leaves for several weeks now. They involved multiple layers of paint and acrylic mediums.

I used the shapes of real leaves to create these. They are about the thickness of leaves and almost feel like real leaves when they are fresh. If you look closely at the photo on the right, you will see I started with newspaper.

Here’s another rock study. I had a really hard time taking a photo of this. It has multiple layers of paint, acrylic media and then colored pencil. The camera couldn’t seem to focus on it at all. Weird. I had hoped to get a lot more done today but we were dealing with snow!

We got nearly 8 inches of snow in the last 24 hours. We usually have snow starting in late November, this is a bit early for a big dump like this. And we’re expecting it to keep snowing until Monday. Anyone want to come help shovel?

Rock Studies

As promised, I worked on rock studies this week. I found a variety of rocks including some semi-precious stones.

Here are a couple of studies looking at line and value.

And a color study. I suddenly remembered that I have the names of each type of rock somewhere and I need to add that to my documentation.

Here are a couple of texture studies. I have a few more of these in the works.

And here is what I think that Montana river rock would look like as cobble stone. It is interesting what you can come up with when you examine things closely!

Aspen Tree Studies

I am still working on tree studies and really having a good time. Using a variety of paint techniques to create texture and trying to recreate what a tree looks like from a distance and up close.

This is a painted representation of the bark of the aspen tree up close. Lots of layers here.

Here’s a gelli plate print that happened to turn into an aspen grove. Just added a few more trunks. Every printed piece of paper I look at, I see trees 🙂

And this last one is of the upper branches of the aspen tree. It was supposed to be looking up into the branches but the viewpoint isn’t exactly as planned. I think I got the angles of the branches wrong. But I still like it. Next up I am beginning on rock studies.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.