Thursday, March 16, 2017

Still life

Recognizing that not everyone responds to landscapes, I thought I should do some still life scenes for my upcoming show in Michigan. I took a photograph of some shells I'd collected -- arranged on top of a rustic cabinet. In Photoshop, I ghosted a band of color along one side and then made three digital variations of the image to print out. Cutting those three prints into strips, I assembled the scene from the strips on a 12x12 panel. Then I added some seashell postage stamps and art papers to the band of color. I hope this evokes memories for the viewer of vacations at the beach and collecting shells as souvenirs.

Monday, February 20, 2017


I chose a photo of a great blue heron standing serenely above the water and decided to make an active band of color along the vertical edge. I posted the collage on my art Facebook page and asked for input. Several people wanted to see some of the water in the band of color, so the second photo shows the revised version. "Edge of Morning" 12"H x 9"W.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

More shore scenes

Working on some fun beach images for my show in Grand Haven, Michigan, July-August 2017.
I've also opened an Etsy shop LoriReedArt.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Scene from Lake Titicaca

I had the good fortune to go to Peru last summer and travel around the country for two weeks. When walking down the path on an island in Lake Titicaca, I noticed these three row boats tied up to the rocks. The different colored interiors of the boats caught my eye, as well as the picturesque way they were bobbing together in the water. This 16" x 16" collage is formed of quarter inch strips of three filtrations on the original photo. I layered grassy paper over the image at the bottom to increase the textural aspect. I've titled it "Go Fish."

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

More shore images

I've been working on more pieces for my summer 2017 show in Grand Haven, MI. I've overlaid navigational charts of Lake Michigan on the sail and depth charts of the lake can be glimpsed in some of the water strips. It is 11"H x 14"W. With the 8"x8" gull collage, I've added vertical strips and painted and sanded a frame around the bird. I think I'll do some more experimenting with painting frames around imagery.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


A dear friend just moved to a new city. I grabbed one of her photographs from her FB page and created this artwork as a housewarming gift for her.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

By the shore

I'm going to be the featured artists in July-August 2017 at C2C Gallery in Grand Haven, Michigan. I've started working with some imagery for that show. The lighthouse is on the shore of Grand Haven and I've made the collage at 8" x 8". The gull is a 6" x 6" collage. I used some natural sand texture gel on each -- in the water of the lighthouse collage and in the surf behind the gull.