March 2016

collage art diet 2016 – week 9

I am anxiously waiting for Spring even though there is no sign of its arrival yet. Moving away from greys and metallics of February, March is going to be about blue skies and bright Spring colors. Here are my three pieces for the first week of March.

I am still playing around with the idea of stitching the cut-outs into the paper and taking myself out of my comfort zone with the compositions.

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collage art diet 2016 – week 8

I watched the Oscars last night and obviously I was more focused on the gowns than anything else. It is one guilty pleasure that I can easily write off as professional “visual research”! I actually can’t wait to get my hand on the images of some of those fantastic shiny gowns and cut them out for my work. After all as I have always said, I am my own kind of a fashionista and #thisishowiwearit.  I am ending the #collagediet for the month of February with more glitter, metallics and golden fireworks as finale.

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collage art diet 2016 – week 6

The cut-outs for the pieces below are from one single image. They look very delicate and soft on paper. I have played around with the composition and simple arrangements and enhanced them by subtle stitching.

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collage art diet 2016 – week 4

This is the last week of my daily #collagediet for the month of January. I started this whole collage art diet shenanigan with an intense cleanse in December by being on a three collages/day regiment. I have been sticking to it on a daily basis in January so that I won’t suffer too much from withdrawal. I am enjoying the dicipline a lot but I am also aching to go back to paint and big canvases. Speaking of that, I am quite nervous as I don’t know how to get back and where to start. I might have said that before and I might be repeating myself. This diet on paper and the simplified and minimalistic approach that I have adopted has affected me tremendously. It has been a really interesting process to focus on enhancing the qualities, textures and characteristics of one cut-out. I am not sure how this will translate onto canvas and how it would affect my style of painting. My work on canvas used to be very dynamic, energetic and at times a bit crazy. The collage work used to be intricate and dominant. That started changing in my latest paintings and became more controlled and calculated. I miss that impulsive, mischievous and  playful quality and the controlled chaos that I used to create. This, I guess is a more mature me! If you go to the filter page of the website by selecting different years you can see the transition and you can see what I am talking about.

I don’t know what will happen with paint but I know that at this very moment I am feeling extremely insecure about it. I also know what could help. A good old diving vacation and the underwater world could fix the problem. I wish I could pull that off in a travel grant application and say that to get my inspiration back I need to dive deep into the ocean. I wish there was an underwater artist residency somewhere out there. I am actually not kidding. I have been thinking about this idea for a long time.

I also need to get my act together and start showing my work again. I have not done any exhibitions in the past three years for some very obvious reasons that most of you know. It’s about time and I need to start working on that again.

I will update this page with the remaining pieces from my January daily challenge and in February I am moving to a diet of three collages on paper each week. I hope that’s ok with me!

I am feeling quite chatty today. It is the sunshine.

Thanks for listening.

oh! and these guys appear more regularly on instagram than my blog.


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collage art diet 2016 – week 3

I did a lot of pink pieces for this week’s collage art diet. It was a good escape for the grey winter days. My favorite one here is the cabbage leaves on top of the pair of pants. It was an odd combination but it somehow works for me. The Japanese kimono piece was so silky and delicate that I almost didn’t want to touch it. It sat really well on paper. All I did was to stitch in place.  Another week is left from my daily diet and then I am switching to weekly. Check out my instagram for your daily dose of collage-a-day for the month of January.


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