Here are some pics during the demo of a watercolor collage, taken at Red Brick Gallery in Ventura, during the reception for the "Fresh" group show on Oct 15th.
|Work Area in the corner next to my space on the wall
The creation center....
|What is it?
A customer gives some close examination to one of the collage - and the info sheet.
|Getting in the mood.
I also enlisted the assistance of CeCe to take some pics while I worked.
I have mixed some of the colors at this point.
|One of Six.
This is the 6th iteration of this scene that I have painted. I like three of them and I will use them for the collage.
Making sure that it's really just right.
|Cut cut cut.
I drew ovals on the back of the two I had already painted and am now cutting while the new one is drying. I later let Cece dry the wet painting with a hairdryer to speed up the process. Yes, of course I remember this technique from when I used to live in a damper climate!
|How does this fit?
This is one of the hardest stages - but the most fun. It's like putting together a jigsaw without the benefit of knowing whether you have all the pieces. It has gotten easier over the years. I am getting to this point rather later in the evening than I thought. I should have had Cece dry the other painting earlier, then help me cut.
|Yes, I think I can.
Figuring out a few changes.
|The Dictionary Stage
After putting down the pieces, I then lift each one in order and mark where it should go. Then glue them in reverse order. The dictionary is holding down the ones I've just glued.
|Islands in the Mist
I did not finish the collage that evening - primarily due to the extra time required for drying and the consequences of choosing ovals. I finished up in the studio a couple weeks later.