the art of collage…

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24/11/2010 by Sarah Ritchie

When I was 14 years old my high school art class was assigned a collage project. It’s the only collage that I have ever attempted and – since that time – my brain has relegated “collage” to something you do as a child or crafts person only…not as the acceptable medium of a serious artist.

Over the past few weeks I have been doing a fair bit of reading about abstract art, and I have been surprised to see how often collage or “mixed media” is incorporated into many fine artworks. A slice of humble pie is beckoning on my plate…

In an effort to experiment with various techniques, I am incorporating a taste of collage into Canvas #11. I am struggling a little, I have to admit, and – as yet – am no convert to the concept, but we shall see which way the wind carries me. Knowing how the look of most of my canvases changes radically mid-stream gives me hope (I really should start to photograph each step of the process…you’d be surprised the degree to which each one morphs!).

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