Collage is teaching me so much. I'm learning more and more about color and design from adding and layering elements and being fearless and trusting myself with my tools and my imagination.
It's no small thing to collage. I'm learning that it is an amazing tool toward better art but it is an amazing art in itself.
I love the idea of doing smaller pieces and finding the things that really work in them and then transferring those ideas to larger pieces.
The building in the background was the Presentation Center outside of Los Gatos, California. And the tree is also a photograph and the shadow my own idea of the reflection.
I sketched this model on the back of a scrap piece of paper while on the plane and then layered her in to this collage. I added napkins for additional layers. Her arm says, "Everything you can imagine is real".
That's what collage can do ..make what you imagine ... real.... and touchable, and reachable.
Imagining in that Alice-In-Wonderland World can be the most freeing activity. It is something no one, no circumstance, not age, nothing can take from you- the right to let your mind wander to a better place - to your own beautiful garden of Eden- a place to create. And then to write it or draw it or share with the world and hopefully, create the ripple affect that continues on to another.
Art is no small thing.