A New Collage
July 19, 2019

The work of Betsy Forster, a local Maldon artist, was the inspiration for this collage.

I have admired her semi abstract paintings of urban landscapes with their tightly packed buildings.

I used a Japanese paper with a floral design as the background. The buildings are a monoprint I cut up whilst the arch and dome shapes are made of hand painted paper.

I would like to see our towns and cities dominated by an abundance of flowers and trees.

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Grampians Series No. 3
February 7, 2018

Here is another collage created using monoprints I made during the Grampians Brushes 2017 workshop I attended in September last year.

I had made monoprints of gum leaves at the workshop.

For this collage, I did a lot of cutting up and cutting out. I stuck down some of the printed paper to make a background layer. I cut out the prints of the leaves and drew around them to create leaf shapes on a variety of hand painted and printed papers I had in my stash. I cut out the leaf shapes and stuck them down in another couple of layers. For the top layer, I added the monoprints and some feathers. I coloured any white spaces left with wax crayon. I felt the collage needed a point of focus so I added the sequins to complete the work.

Grampians Series No. 2
January 20, 2018

This is the second collage I have completed using mono prints I made at Grampians Brushes in September 2017.

I cut holes in the printed mesh and stuck coloured paper then the mesh onto the printed background.

Using wax crayon, I added colour to the printed shapes which were also stuck onto the background.

Finally, I glued on nylon ribbon, pink plastic mesh and a crocheted flower to complete the collage.

Grampians Series No.1
January 8, 2018

On the 9th and 10th of September 2017, I attended an arts workshop in Halls Gap, the main centre for tourism in the Grampians.

The workshop, ‘Monoprinting with Collage’, was held as part of the Grampians Brushes program organised by GrampianArts.

I was attracted to the workshop because I like making collages and I wanted to learn more about printing techniques as I hadn’t tried monoprinting before.

The tutor was artist and printmaker, Mandy Gunn who presented a stimulating schedule of print making activities.

Printing presses were available and I was excited by the intensity of colour and the fine detail which could be achieved by using them.  However, I stuck with handprinting as I wanted to experiment to see what worked best using this method of printing. I am a kitchen table artist – my ‘studio’ is an old laminex kitchen table which sits at one end of my living room. I like to use inexpensive, low tech processes to make my art.

I came home with a collection of prints which I could use to incorporate into artwork, including collages, at a later date.

With the arrival of January and a break from my regular weekly schedule, I have now adopted my summer routine when I spend the hot afternoons in the cool of the indoors –  a perfect time to get out the prints I made in September and start making new art pieces.

This is the first collage I made.

In Among The Wool
August 9, 2017

This collage is inspired by the Australian Sheep and Wool Show which is held annually in Bendigo in July.

The Sheep Show has been running since 1877 to showcase Australia’s top wool growers and prime lamb producers.

The promoters of the three day event in its modern form, bill the show as ‘the largest event of its type in the world.’ Whatever the truth of that claim is, it is undeniable that at the show, wool is king and merino rams are lords.

In addition to sheep bred for wool, there was a large area devoted to prime lamb breeds. Dorper lambs are so appealing especially when they are wearing small coats to keep warm.

It is possible to attend the Australian Sheep and Wool Show and not look at a sheep. The many wool craft sheds are thronged with people who have a passion for fashion and the fibre crafts – spinning, weaving, dying, knitting, crocheting and felting.

This year’s show had the added bonus of being the venue for the National Yard Dog Championships so it was kelpie heaven. I found it exciting to watch the kelpies herding sheep through a course of enclosures, gates and ramps under the direction of their handlers.

I spent most of my time in the sheep sheds where I was easily entertained. I was amused watching the rams being taken to their appointed spots for judging as some had no intention of going quietly. Some roared as their owners held them firmly under their chins as they awaited the judges. Young owners lining up roughly 20 lambs for judging was a hoot. It was heartening to see so many young people training to be farmers.

I especially admired the coloured sheep with their long ringlets. Some were tame and were happy to accept pats from admirers.

 

Dog in Still Life
July 16, 2017

I recently visited an art exhibition held as part of the Maldon in winter 2017 festival held from the 1st to the 16th of  July.

I found myself contemplating still life paintings of objects with shiny surfaces, fruit and drapery.

The paintings inspired me to create my own collaged still life. I couldn’t resist including the image of the cheeky dog sitting up to its breakfast tray.

Quick Hide, Kitty!
July 7, 2017

It is mid winter and Castlemaine has been frosty, foggy, misty and rainy – a good time to be indoors playing around with collage.

The inspiration for this collage was the picture of the young girl holding the leaves to cover her face. It prompted the idea of wanting to hide. What would the girl and her cat need to hide from?

Another Collage Inspired by Minna
March 31, 2017

This is my second collage inspired by the work of the artist, Minna Gilligan.

I wanted to create a picture which is playful and fun. I used acrylic paint, magazine pictures and stickers.

As you can see, I had some difficulty photographing the picture. I didn’t want the flash to go off because of the reflection from the shiny surface so I went outside where I needed to weigh the picture down because of the breeze.

Collage inspired by Minna
February 19, 2017

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The Castlemaine Art Museum is currently holding an exhibition of the work of the young artist, Minna Gilligan.

Minna creates her work using mixed media including collage. She likes painting a background of bright colours then applying images cut from magazines from the 60s and 70s. The originals can be the size of an A4 page. Some are then supersized by being digitally printed onto much larger pieces of fabric.

Her work was exhibited in a room where the walls had been painted bright pink, red and orange. The effect was eye popping.

Minna’s exhibition inspired me to create two small collages. This is the first one I finished. I have added stickers and images cut from magazines to a printed background which was the front cover of a magazine.

I have yet to complete the other collage.

Gold Coast Souvenir
December 4, 2016

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In early August, I visited the Gold Coast in Southern Queensland to see family members and take in some of the sights. After returning from my holiday, I decided to create a collage using tourist maps and images from tourist brochures. This is the result.

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