4/15/08

COLLAGE OF WATERCOLORS

Old paintings which end up in the disaster drawer still have potential if you tear them up to use in collages like this one was done. All that's required is some matte medium to 'glue' down the torn or cut pieces plus an eye for finding the pieces and shapes with the right value and color for your painting.

Our show in Middletown, Ohio, will hang through a week from this Saturday, and this was the first painting that sold. Patt Belisle, their director, recently told me that several other people were also interested in this same collaged painting.

I do not understand why there's such a strong appeal for a painting made out of failed paintings, but it's happened every time I've made a collage in this way. (When you try this, use only the freshest, prettiest parts of the disaster paintings to tear up and paste into your new painting.) Each collaged piece has sold immediately, yet the wonderful Italian woman who bought this one did not even realize it was collaged. I did 'cheat' and add some splatters for more textural interest to the finished collage.
The post on January 28 is also a collage of a zebra made from old paintings. Check it out.

"MOCKINGBIRD SONG" Old, Transparent Watercolor Paintings, Torn, Rearranged, and Glued Down on 140#CP Arches, 16 x 12" COLLECTED

6 comments:

Suzanne said...

Wow! I've been saving up my disaster paintings for just this very purpose (or for paper maché). How nice to see what a beautiful job you did with yours (naturally). You'll have to look at a photo I'm posting on Thursday at My Great Day to see the similarities!

Sandy said...

Oh!!!! Love it.

What a great idea, ....

sandy

Dawn said...

This is really lovely Sandy, my old paintings are not even good enough for a collage! LOL!

Tracy Wandling said...

Even the bird is collage?! At first I thought is was painted over the collaged pieces, but it looks like it was cut out. Wow! Very cool.

RHCarpenter said...

I can see why this sold so quickly - it's light, airy, so spring-like and makes me feel like hope/spring/lightness/blooming!

Sandy said...

Your site is a wealth of inspiration!What a great idea to use your old paintings as collage...and what a delightful result. I am not surprised that it sold.
I can hardly wait to get my failures out and see what I can do with them.Thank you!!