As you can imagine, the last couple of weeks have been very hectic! Now I have a breather until the 20th, when I do Open Studios again.
The people who came were lovely -- all very nice and interested in art. I talked about my work for hours and hours, which is a very nice thing, I can tell you. I sold some pieces, which is great, but they told us that the money isn't really an important thing -- it's nice, but there are other benefits, such as making contacts with people who can help you get to the next step.
So today was pretty much a day of rest, though I had to get going on the work for my new collage class. I'm in the second quarter, so we're supposed to choose a theme; mine is "illuminated manuscripts." The teacher told me to do three quick collages as a warm-up, and I decided to do them digitally.
This is the first one I did -- my idea is to combine my photography (the dahlia in the center) with other elements. I want to include text and border elements that will give a nod to the decorations of illuminated manuscripts. Other than that, I'm wingin' it.
This is the second one I did -- it combines a picture I took of cows, text, barbed wire looking like grasses, I think, a border of names of cattle breeds, a sunflower and cowbirds in the corners. I'm happy with this one.
The third one is full of flowers -- for some odd reason, the very favorite post of all time on this blog is about Flora, the Goddess of Flowers. Every week, people search for that term and wind up at my blog. So here's my thanks to all those folks who have stopped by:
I'm not sure that this one has a real focal point, but I'm pretty happy with the energy in it.
Here's my question -- I did these digitally, which is great as far as it goes, but I'd like to do them non-digitally. The thing is, what's cool about making it in Photoshop and you can vary the opacity and use the various blend modes. How would I do that with paper? I guess I could try using transparencies, and tissue paper and so on, but I'd have to do a lot of experimenting.
Anybody have ideas for me? Who's done collage?