Still in the Process of Discovery

Untitled. (2018). Layered paper collage. Hand-stamped and altered paper with acrylics on 24” x 30” canvas. Work in progress.

Untitled. (2018). Layered paper collage. Hand-stamped and altered paper with acrylics on 24” x 30” canvas. Work in progress.

There comes a point in nearly every collage I make where I like it how it is, but it doesn’t feel finished. So, do I press on and risk messing it up? Yup, usually. And, much of the time (but not all of the time), pressing on means a better result. When I started this, I knew I wanted water, fish, and flowers, but that’s it. The discovering of what colors to use, what shapes to cut, and the arrangement of the pieces is all part of the process. Do you hit these roadblocks in your work? What techniques do you have to overcome those roadblocks? I’d love to hear about it.

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Cheers!—Janyce