In a previous blog, I explained some of the approaches I am taking to my mixed media collage works. You can read it here. Recently I’ve been working on two new mixed media collage pieces. They are based on a series of Oldham sketches. It’s proving to be a bit of a challenge to say the least!
These have been my main issues:
- I’ve started the pieces with collage. Not a problem in itself but I incorporated collage papers that set me off with a literal scene rather than a more abstract, interpreted approach. This has resulted in an ongoing wrestling match to create a less literal piece.
- The location sketches have an energy and a looseness that I have trouble reflecting in the studio pieces.
- Instead of loosening up and being spontaneous in my painting and mark making, I’ve been tightening up and being too constrained. I think its to do with pre-judgement, old habits and not going with the process!
- I’ve been too judgemental. Rather than observing, analysing and reacting accordingly. The judgements don’t work, because they don’t enable me to move forward positively and in an informed way.
Although I don’t think I have all the answers, I now feel like I am moving through and into a more productive phase with these works. There are even some textural details that I am feeling happy about (that’s not to say they won’t be covered over or changed as things progress!!).
Here are a few things I’ve done to help me progress with my mixed media collage:
- I’ve used my orbital sander and some neutral paint. I have started changing things rapidly (not at the same time!!)-letting rip a bit!
- I have revisited my site sketches. I’ve been thinking about feelings and the approaches I used. Then I’ve started incorporating these approaches into my studio work
- I’ve picked up some very different tools (eg squeegee; roller;rubber comb) and then started creating different marks, trying to be more experimental.
- I am creating a list of questions for myself about the work. I hope that these will enable me to understand my patterns and challenge me to try alternative approaches.
Please watch this space to see how these pieces progress!