Very often during the cold winter months, since I spend a lot of time indoors, I find myself reorganizing my studio. It’s amazing to me how much stuff gets piled up and up and all around throughout the year. I guess with all the different things that I enjoy making, most of which involves bringing home stuff and more stuff, it makes sense that my piles would grow larger and larger as each month passes. I’ve been trying to minimize by only hanging on to “very special” materials, but I don’t always succeed since I consider practically everything special. Anyway, while sorting through my pile of past projects I came across this collage (11″ x 14″) that I created last winter.
The number 3 is very special to me because it represents the members of our home, and I still use it all the time in my artwork.
I also still like to add a single button here or there.
Below you’ll see that I used a metal strip saved from a box of aluminum foil. Along with some nails I think it makes a good roof divider.
Below are some more layers and strips of this n’ that…
…and a knotted string detail ties in and highlights the red color along the bottom of the composition.
You can always count on melted beeswax to add texture and a bit of roughness.
And a wash of wintry-icy colors as the background base feels sort of story-book dreamy to me.
Coming across this collage again reminds me that it’s been a long while since I’ve played around with watercolor paint. I’m glad that this came up…and I love how sorting through the old stuff can inspire you to make new stuff again. If you happen to be stuck for some inspiration, I’d suggest taking a look around your art making space…perhaps you’ll find something interesting that you forgot about also.
Wishing you much inspiration, new or rediscovered.