Little Birds

My brother-in-law is a birder and takes some awesome photos of birds. I decided to use a couple of his photos for inspiration for creating a couple of collages for class.

This one is a real mixed media piece with a bit of collage but mainly paint, pencil and markers. This is a Carolina Chickadee.

And this one is more of a true collage with a painted background. This bird is called a Golden Crowned Kinglet. I don’t think I have ever seen one of these birds in person but I liked how he was hanging on this branch eyeing those new buds. I might have to try a few more birds as I enjoyed making both of these.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend.


Two More Collages

Here is another one of the texture collages that I have made for class.

This one is very dimensional and I have decided to call it Spelunking.

Here you can see more of the dimensional aspect of the piece. It is essentially a sample but I think it might be interesting framed in a shadow box frame.

Here’s collage I completed today. I had all of the pieces together but I had forgotten about it. So I found it today and glued it together. I completed a torn paper collage today as well but it is in the process of being flattened as it has tons of paper glued down and it got really warped. Hopefully, I can get it to calm down and lay flat. Perhaps I should do that too 😉

Sunrise in the Trees

I finished another collage that I have been working on. It’s a little bit different color scheme than I usually use.

Hubby even noticed the colors and said, “These aren’t colors you usually like.” Pink is still not really one of my favorite colors but I think it works here. Do you have colors that you don’t usually use in your artwork?

Thinking of Spring

I am still wishing for and thinking of spring. It was a little warmer today with a bit of sunshine. However, there are still piles of snow around the house. So I have been doing some studies of wild flowers to pretend it is spring.

I’m not even sure what this flower is but it looks like a dogwood blossom. It grows on the ground and it is not on a tree, so it’s probably called something else. This is a combination of cut paper, some printed, some painted and then additional paint added.

This cut photo collage came about by accident. I was planning on printing some of my wild flower sketches on regular paper and then including them in collages. However, when I printed these, I accidentally printed them on 4″x 6″ photo paper. I didn’t want to waste them and I kind of liked the shiny surface which you don’t usually have with a sketch. So I used the technique that Deb showed our group last September. It involves taping the back side and slicing the photos up with a craft knife. It’s hard to take a photo because of the glare on the photos.

I hope that I start seeing some of these wild flowers soon when I can take my daily walks. Right now everything is mud, snow and slush. Maybe another week and I’ll see if the path is ready for walking. I’ll just have to wear my galoshes.

Usual State of Chaos

I almost forgot to post for the week. I’m in the usual state of chaos.

Here’s what the table looks like in my studio at the moment. This doesn’t show the piles of other projects in the works lying around in the rest of the house and by the sewing machine.

Here’s one of the pieces I am working on at the moment. I am doing some wild flower studies as I am pretending it is spring even though it is still snowing outside. This is a combination of collage and paint. I am not sure what these wild flowers are called but they remind me of dogwood. They grow in a bush, not a tree. I am using my photo and sketch as inspiration. Then I have used a variety of printed and painted papers for the collage part and adding paint as needed. Still got a ways to go yet. Have a great weekend and I hope it is spring where you are 🙂