COLLAGE MADE FROM RANDOM ELEMENTS

Collage from random elements

Collage from random elements

 

I still had the image of the ancient tree in my mind when I began this composition. A random selection of colours and shapes were put together with the tones of greens and orange found in pieces of dyed tissue paper. The pieces of paper fell in a kind of diagonal composition giving a strong directional pattern. I spent some time looking at the composition from different angles. This was a useful exercise and I saw new and exciting possibilities.

I began the painting with a wash over the whole composition.  This brought out some interesting textures because of the variety of papers I’d used. I then began to work on the dark areas with oil pastels, at the same time painting in the light areas with white acrylic. As this dried, I drew with black acrylic paint, not attempting to represent any one area or shapes but responding to the image. I then went back to the oil pastel, blue this time, feeling that the image was losing energy. Finally, I added orange acrylic ink freely across the surface.

This was an interesting exercise and I found real excitement in the creativity involved in discovering an image out of random elements. I think the final image has energy and movement and conveys something of the excitement I feel when looking at the surface of these trees.

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About pbfarrar

I am an Australian living permanently in England. I have recently retired from the position of Principal of an independent school and have taken up the study of Fine Art with the OCA.
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