I enjoy the process of experimenting with collage. For a realistic painter like me it is pure freedom to paint loosely, use torn paper and found materials, and to move it all around – not knowing what the final outcome will be. I shift around the shapes and colors and other elements around until I come up with a final composition that I like – then I glue everything down.
For these collages I collected handmade papers, painted over some of them, then tore them into shapes. I also picked up scraps of old weathered paper and tickets that I found on my walks. I used loose brush strokes and rubber stamps to add images.
Here are some collages I have been working on with a summer feel that I may frame and hang in the new Hampton’s cottage.
The painting below is made up of chinese paper that I tore into strips, dipped into paint and laminated onto four wood panels. After the panels were dry I went in and added more paint. When you put them together they form a fairly large painting. The colors were inspired by the driftwood pieces that I spend hours scavenging for on the Hamptons beaches.