Passions of an Odd Chick

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Collage is taking me places.

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.


*jean* said...

i is no small thing...sometimes it takes the longest time to make the smallest piece of art too!! i think all three are marvelous but that top one really speaks to me!! fabulous work!

Mary said...

All three are wonderful, but I love the first and third!!

Wonderful work!!

Kelly Berkey said...

all of these collages are amazing. the top one is my fav also!

Kolleen said...


i love all of them...every single one !!!!

i especially love the girl you sketched out on the airplane and the message her arm's perfect!!!


Buffy said...

Okay since everybody else is telling you what their favorite one is,mine is the last one but all of them are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Collage is such a unique style of expression- and you have an excellent command of this art form! It is no easy thing to do this. Well done!!

Odd Chick said...

Can I just say that I love it when people pick their favorites. It's like the people's choice award and also tells me what is aesthetically pleasing to a universal audience. SO THANKS!

Kay said...

well I want to weigh in also..the first one really caught my eye..but I love all are getting me excited to try something new!!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful collages! The images are exciting, ethereal and mysterious! Coolness! Neat blog too.

Beth Nicholls said...

Peggy these are gorgeous. The first one has such a fantastic light in it. You have been busy!

NatashaMay said...

Gorgeous collages!

Poetic Artist said...

I do so agree..I really like your collage work.. Is there nothing you can not do..LOL..ENVY....

Carol Anne Strange said...

Wow! This is wonderful work, Chick. Each piece has its voice. Just wonderful! You are so very talented. xx

DJ said...

Yes! Keep growing!

chrissy said...

ohhh peggy.
you ARE so amazing.
can i tell you how much i love that you incorporated the photo of the presentation center in your piece?
love you and miss you.
huge hugs.