The new and improved cottage in the Hamptons is getting close to being finished. Now comes the fun part of decorating it! Last summer I worked on a collage project, hoping to end up with a few things we could hang on the walls. I normally tend to work in a realistic manner, which can get too tight at times. Collage frees me up to be able to work looser.
I did an earlier post on this, but the time has come to frame these now.
For these collages I used Arches watercolor paper and Grumbacher watercolors. I worked with different sized brushed and applied the watercolor washes in various patterns onto the paper. I wanted a feel of the beach in these collages, so I limited the color palatte to watery blues, sea greens and shades of sand.
After the paper was dry, I began hand tearing it into various size square and rectangular pieces. I placed them on a large sheet of heavy watercolor paper and moved them around until I liked the composition. I also tore pieces of translucent tissue paper and rice paper for added texture. Then I added a few rubber stamp “sea inspired” images as accents, as well as a few touches of hand painted loose lines. When I was happy with the overall look, I glued the torn paper down.
This collage was done predominately in shades of navy and watercolor blues.
This one below was based on an ivory and sand colored theme with touches of aqua.
I have always been inspired by Robert Rauschenberg. He was an American painter and graphic artist who became popular during the Abstract Expressionists period. In the 80’s and 90’s he began experimenting with collage and mixing various materials into his art. I remember studying his work at The Rhode Island School of Design. I was in awe of his ability to find things; scraps of old paper, bits of fabric, rusted metal, string, etc. and assemble them in a way to make a beautiful piece of art.
This is my attempt to look around my environment (in this case, East Hampton) and find interesting scraps of paper and bits of this or that to add to my collage. An old map, a movie ticket, and a parking ticket on the street all found their way onto this collage.
Now I am going to get them framed, and I am looking forward to seeing how they fit into the new cottage very soon.