Today marks the last day of Art Camp Claudia McGill. I have made reservations for later on. I liked it here!
Today’s activity was collage.
Now, I’ve made a lot of collages over the years, way too many to count. But here I was thinking of a specific kind of collage. I wanted to combine pen and ink drawings with magazine photos and/or painted papers, using the latter as the inspiration for what kind of person or objects should be included so as to make a little environment, maybe with enough of a story to get people to look at it and wonder about what is going on.
So I gathered up some 5″ x 7″ canvases on board (the very inexpensive ones I used for my Small Landscape Project earlier this year); painted papers I did at various times in the past (I have a drawer full); drawing paper; a pen (this time a standard drawing pen rather than a dip pen); acrylic paints; India ink; and some of my copies of Architectural Digest discarded from our library.
OK. I started off with an interior scene. I chose a background painted paper, a piece of furniture, and then drew a little figure to fit. As I went along I arranged the pieces to see how they might look before I glued them.
Or, here’s a progression:
I realized I forgot to connect the lamp to the socket on the wall with a cord. Well, there is a certain reality inside a work of art, isn’t there, and maybe they have discovered how to get the power from the wall to the lamp, cord free? Let’s say it is so.
I next did a couple of city scenes. This one:
And this one.
Finally, a couple more interiors. Here:
So there you have it. I have amended reality and enjoyed doing it. I liked inserting the little drawings into the collage; I think doing so let me turn the composition into anything I wanted, since I could manufacture my own image of a book, say, rather than finding one. The existing elements of the collage led me to the next step, and so on.
This idea is certainly true of all collage, but here I could reach into the image-box in my mind and take out just what I wanted, which is not always the case in collage work – you use what you find or have on hand. I liked the combination of drawing and collage and I think they enhanced each other. I’ll do this activity again.