Back in August, I was visiting a dear friend in Vidalia, Ga. (yes, the end of August is the ideal time to head to the Deep South!). I brought my blank sketchbook from Project Sketchbook and some pencils with me, and originally I was thinking I would work with the theme Icons. I’ve been deeply inspired by the collage artist Randel Plowman, so much so, that I started printing out thumbs of his daily collages and penciling in the underlying compositional structure.
I sketched out eight different layout wireframes for my collages, and was fully intending to use them to cut and paste various papers for a background, and then cut out a circle in the middle, inside of which I’d then draw an icon of something that picked up on the collaged papers.
Guess what? Something happened on the way. My original idea just didn’t work. It was too forced. Instead, I decided to explore the color spectrum in each collage, and try to let the papers and the process speak to me.
What I have learned—once again, I confess—is that collage is a lot harder than it looks.
But as I’ve gone along, I think I have loosened up a bit and seen each piece as a learning process.