Artist blog about abstract figurative oil painting and contemporary collage. Discussion about painting in the studio and the creative process of painting abstract and impressionistic oil paintings.
Friday, February 13, 2009
I'm Working On A New Figurative Collage
I'm working on a new figurative collage tonight. The image is of two women in conversation. I'm working out the dark/light pattern at this point. In creating collage, I find an interesting interplay between intuition/impulse and a more left brain, logical approach that considers composition, pattern, shape, values, and line. I also find that creating collage takes more time (for me) than painting alla prima/impasto in oil.
I always wanted to be an artist. I love the materials of art: the firmness of a hog bristle brush, the creamy thickness of oil paint, the texture of bark paper, the smell of plaster. I love stepping into the mystery of creation; not knowing what is going to happen and being astonished by the image that emerges. I'm drawn to exploring the reaches of the
imagination and the orphaned off parts of the self. I like to see what bubbles up from the unconscious mind.