Once again, my collage sucked me in.
It’s was after 4pm when I got done doing my shipping and feeding the animals. I went to my studio thinking I’d place my orders with A&M Printers and blog.
But then I looked at yesterday’s collage.
That’s all I had to do, was give it one little look. I’m beginning to see the collages like I do my quilts. Like a puzzle to be solved. And it’s hard for me to leave it alone until I do.
I knew there was too much going on in the collage. There wasn’t enough distinction between the elements. And as much as I liked the little window to the left of the room, I decided it needed to go.
So I cut and ripped and pulled it off.
Even before I did that, I kept seeing lines behind the figure to the right of the door. So I drew them in with marker. I thought it game some cohesiveness to the top of the piece.
I couldn’t quite see what color should surround the room. I had a feeling it needed to be very solid, to contrast it with all the texture. So I tried using fabric, but it was too different from the rest of the piece. Finally, I remembered I had some colored pencils in the house.
Just the right blue jumped out at me.
But after I boxed the room in it felt detached from the rest of the piece. So I cut away the blue at the bottom and extended the black and white floor.
Then I used some pink and orange paint and pencil to fill in the silhouette bust toward the bottom to give it more definition and keep the eye moving around the piece.
This is where I landed with it tonight. I’m going to leave my studio without looking at it again. Because I know what will happen if I do.