Friday, July 7, 2017

Giving Polly the Finger

So excited to have gotten another piece done today!

Details

Here is the final product of a piece I have been meeting around with for weeks as part of a project considering the use of space as background elements in collage. It will be part of an article which will appear in an upcoming issue of Kolaj magazine. I was able to think a bit analytically while putting together the final piece and take some photos of some of the detail work that I do when I do collage. The detail work makes the elements look more integrated (and, in fact, makes people sometime think my collages are digitally composed). I paint the edges of the dark elements; so you don't see white edges (look carefully at the images below). I also wanted to convey the size of the molecule elements. It was a real chore to get those cut so precisely -- especially as to not lose the circularity of the atoms. Each of the molecules edges was painted with Golden's "neutral grey" acrylic paint. Took me about two hours to complete just the molecules. BTW, the image in the background is a photomicrograph of a tick's mouthparts.



Tuesday, July 4, 2017

collage photo/photo collage

While I was working in the studio the other night, I looked up at some items I had placed on a small shelf on the wall. The lighting caught my attention (as well as the composition), so I took this photo. It's a photographic collage, I think. And I rather like it ;-)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Black Gryphon placemat

My good friend and fellow collage artist Anthony Morgan is owner/operator of "The Black Gryphon" restaurant in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania (near Hershey, PA). The restaurant had a serious fire in December and will soon rise from the ashes and open again. In addition to featuring artists' works in his place (commission free sales!), he features collaged placement and check presenters. Here's one that I finished yesterday in my effort to get the MANY of my half-finished work completed. I've spent a lot of time this week cleaning and organizing my studio space to hopefully continue getting some stuff off my current plate.




Tuesday, June 6, 2017

spiral hands

Just thought I would post a quick sketch (was very busy with school work today)... Why do you think?

Monday, May 29, 2017

Tripartite project

One of the projects that I am working on these days actually involves three related components. My friend and fellow collage artist -- Anthony Morgan -- sometimes teases me about the fact that I often like to use background elements comprised of space or galactic images. Of course, like many collagists, I do! But that got me thinking about the appeal of those types of elements for me as an artist and for viewers who respond positively to my work. So, in addition to working on a specific collage, I am also taking the opportunity to photograph various "candidate" backgrounds for comparison. I hope to submit an article to Kolaj magazine soon which discusses the use of space/galactic backgrounds in terms of design strategies and psychological effects. In addition, I am considering doing a small research project at Utica College examining viewers responses to the different backgrounds. From a "scientific" standpoint, this necessitated my use of various backgrounds which might replicate the lighting or perspective factors of the space backgrounds, without it actually being space-related (i.s., "galactic"). Here are some of the images that I am considering using for these projects (nota bene: all of these are images of analog elements... i.e., not digitally manipulated):