Sunday, September 11, 2011

Bigger and Smaller

I usually work from photos I’ve taken, but when a friend sent me a photo from her hike to Trout Lake in Yellowstone National Park I immediately saw possibilities for a new collage. I loved the reflections in the water and the color range. With her permission, I made three digital alterations of her photo, cut those into strips and layered them together with art papers to create this 16"W x 12"H work. The title "I've Never Been There" can be taken as a straight forward admission by the artist that I’ve never been to this place, or it can be more of an implied wish ... I’ve never been there, but I’d like to be sitting by the lake’s edge contemplating the reflection on the water as it ripples toward me.

Today I decided to make a couple 6" x 6" abstract pieces. In one, I used the leftover strips from the prints of the water in the above Trout Lake piece along with some old ledger papers. In the other, I used blue and yellowed ledger paper along with some metallic copper paper to make an abstracted cityscape. I've been wanting to make some new pieces for a couple area art center gift shops, so these might be the first installments toward that goal....