Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Collages of Collages

The Original Art Studio has been rather unproductive of late.  Photo editing as been a major preoccupation, and I have left other, more hands on, artistic endeavors to the side.  When I did spend some time in the studio, the colours of blue and brown 'overtook' me and I did several collage pieces with tones of blue, turquoise, navy, rust and brown.

The photographs of these collages did not turn out well, for some reason, so I started to play around, editing, cropping and collaging them.  Here is a collage of a few of my recent collages.  There are three collages that appear in the piece below (two of them appear twice).  As you can see, I used blue lines to separate the pieces of artwork.



Below is another collage of the same collages, without the blue lines to separate one collage from another.  There are four different collages that appear in this work (one appearing twice).  It does seem to merge together to look like one piece of work.


 
Another variation with no delineating lines



And here (below) are some of the separate pieces that appear in the above collages.



Since these works, I have been doing more painting - to be shared at a future date.  However, I still find the lure of editing photographs hard to resist (are there any support groups out there for this phenomenon?), to the detriment of the 'production line' out of the Original Art Studio.




23 comments:

  1. Oh, Bonnie, how I love these!

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  2. So beautiful! I love the colors. I am always partial to blues. So bright and bold. Can't stop looking at the collage.

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  3. bonnie - the middle strip of the collage of collages - wow - well they all have wow - brown and blue together . . . it really really works . . . but that top piece - phew!! awesome work. steven

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  4. very interesting and attractive. You must have had a lot of fun doing these.

    thank you for your comment on my most recent post. your wisdom is, as always, much appreciated.

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  5. I like the colors too. My own studio has been woefully unoccupied. soon though. As soon as we get this last commission job done we plan to get back in there.

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  6. Simply Superb, Bonnie...love the interplay of color and texture! Can't wait to see what else you've done!!! Bring it on, lady! ;-) Love you! ~Janine XO

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  7. I love your collages and the collage of your collages as well. Yes, photo editing is very seductive. You can spend hours manipulating photos...lose track of time entirely. LOL!!
    Unfortunately I don't think they are support groups but lots of encouraging groups to get you to do more!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  8. Hi Bonnie

    have you used tissue paper for your collages?

    I love the colour combinations and especially like the second configuration. Originally I preferred the one with blue lines (I am a bit anal and like to have things orderly) but then the next one really appealed to me..it spoke of winding wide alluvial New Zealand rivers reflecting the blue blue summer sky, making there way across sun burnt tussock grassland to the sea....

    Lovely work and great fun...

    Happy days

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  9. I don't know what it is about blue and brown, Bonnie, but the combination is gorgeous. Earth and sky, maybe? These are quite lucious to look at and would look very nice hanging in my living room! Oh, btw I read a comment on a blog about that disorder we both have, y'know? The blogger and her French Artist Husband often re-arrange in order to 'Laver les yeux'!

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  10. Jazz: So glad you like them!!

    Choices: Blues are wonderful aren't they?

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  11. steven: I take that as high praise coming from someone with your amazing eye!!

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  12. Friko: Thank you - it was fun.

    I was really touched by your post - as were all the other readers/commenters.

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  13. ellen: It is wonderful to have a studio - but it does exert its own pressure when it goes unused.

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  14. Janine: Thank you so much for such encouragement!

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  15. SueAnn: That's one of the seductions of blogging isn't it?

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  16. Hi Delwyn: Could you write the copy/descriptions for all my artwork? I'm not sure the collage can live up to your lovely prose! Yes, these are tissue paper collages. I like doing them because I don't think, I rip and 'glue'. It is a very fast process - so much so that I hesitate to qualify it as art - it almost happens too quickly. In fact, it is not art, but a study in colour and texture as you say.

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  17. Deborah: J'ai bien trop laver les yeux, alors!

    I've always loved this colour combination - in fact it is how our master bedroom is decorated.

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  18. So pretty- love the colours and especially love number two, no- number three - number one is my favorite - no, number two...

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  19. Your collage brought to mind the canyons, rivers and skies of Colorado to me! Lovely!

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  20. The colours work astoundingly well together, Bonnie. And there is a wonderful feeling of texture to the collages as well. I'm not sure which I like the best. My choice might change with my mood.

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  21. You have a great eye for collages. As far as support groups for photo editing I don't know any. Let me know if you find one! I just ordered my update to CS4. LOL

    Cheers!
    Julie
    Julie Magers Soulen Photography

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  22. I really like the colors and shapes of these collages. So you took the pictures of the artwork then made different collages of them?

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