"Still Life in Blue & Gold", collage and acrylic, 16 x 16"
I finally finished this collage painting, which I began a year ago but didn't quite know what to do with it to complete it. Sometimes working from chaos to order is like that. I began the painting with a random application of hand dyed and patterned tissue papers. Then I stared at it for a long time, rotating it often to see if I could 'see' something in it which would tell me how to proceed. The shape on the middle right looked like a tea cup, so I decided to make a still life out of it. With that idea in mind, the basket of fruit, vase of flowers and other items could be found and brought out by painting in acrylic. I decided to divide the painting to keep the abstract feeling. This is a nod to one of my favorite watercolour painters Shirley Trevena. I have just ordered her new DVD -can't wait for more of her wonderful work.