A Hundred Collages
Abstraction and the Landscape – Without the Landscape
This three-day workshop is a guided exploration of abstraction and the abstraction in the landscape through collage. We will paint our own paper, both solids and patterns. We will cut and place these color shapes on the page the same way that we look for a motif by moving through the landscape. It is the abstraction, the shapes, that we must adjust if we are working purely abstractly or if we are working from life.
On day one, with our painted papers, we will make quick abstract collages, several to a page. With the use of a scanner/printer we will rework directly on prints of our collages, each time in a new direction. This saves us from always starting with a blank sheet and enables us to reach further.
During the next two days, additional collages will be transformed into landscapes, without losing the abstraction. These invented landscapes also will be scanned and printed out, and reworked, each time transforming them, far beyond where we might have stopped, all on a path away from copying and rendering towards a more exciting and ultimately more real picture of what we find beautiful in the world around us, no matter, if we go outdoors, or stay in, collage or paint.