Q&A From Craft Shows: Which Collage Do You Like The Best?

 Forsythia (2015). Layered paper collage. Hand-stamped and altered paper on 11" x 14" canvas. Sold.  Prints available here .

Forsythia (2015). Layered paper collage. Hand-stamped and altered paper on 11" x 14" canvas. Sold. Prints available here.

I get lots of thought-provoking questions at craft fairs and art festivals (my next one is the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival, Winthrop, ME on August 19, 2017 from 9am to 3pm--save the date!). One of my favorites is: Which Collage Do You Like the Best?

First of all, I only put collages up for sale if I like them. The so-so ones stay home or get worked on until I do like them.

From there, however, my answer changes, depending on my mood. Here are a few that come to mind as I write this post.

The Forsythia collage (shown above) comes to mind because it was, for me, the first fully realized collage I made. Before that, I'd been playing around with techniques on small art cards and in my art journal. Forsythia was the first collage I made, based on a photograph I'd taken of an old barn window, that truly captured what I'd intended...right down to the ladybug crawling along the frame of the window. The original sold, but it is available as prints, greeting cards, t-shirts, tote bags and more here.

  Blueberry Field and Tree  (2015-2016). Layered paper collage. Hand-stamped and altered paper, acrylics and thread on 20" x 24" x .75" canvas. Original available. Also available as prints with woodpecker,  here , and without woodpecker,  here .

Blueberry Field and Tree (2015-2016). Layered paper collage. Hand-stamped and altered paper, acrylics and thread on 20" x 24" x .75" canvas. Original available. Also available as prints with woodpecker, here, and without woodpecker, here.

Blueberry Field and Tree has undergone a few changes since I started working on it in 2015. The collage originally had a woodpecker sitting in the tree. Before gluing the bird down, I put it in, took it out, put it in, took it out, and, finally put it in. I entered Blueberry Field and Tree in a juried show and the judge accepted it--with the comment that she liked my work, but didn't like the woodpecker! At the opening, I informally polled attendees to see what they thought. The group split about 50-50. After I brought the collage back home, I let it sit for a few months. Then, finally, decided the piece was stronger without the woodpecker. So, here it stands. I'm selling the original without the bird in the tree, but prints are available with the woodpecker, here, or without, here.

 Orange Blooms (2017). Layered paper collage. Hand-stamped and altered paper on 12" x 16" x .75" canvas. Original available  here . Prints available  here .

Orange Blooms (2017). Layered paper collage. Hand-stamped and altered paper on 12" x 16" x .75" canvas. Original available here. Prints available here.

And, finally, Orange Blooms. I picked this, most likely, because it's the last one I completed. The reason I like it is because the colors are cheerful (orange and purple are my favorites!) and the scene is whimsical. I love imagining who might have picked the flowers and if they'll go on a canoe ride or hike later. It also reminds me of summer in Maine and of camping trips I've taken with friends and family. The original is available here. Prints, greeting cards and other products are available here.

If you ask me this again at the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival, I might have a different answer!

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Cheers!--Janyce