Saturday, December 3, 2011

Collage Workshop and Bad News :(

 "Surf Side", 12 x 12", mixed media
I had the final day of my collage workshop on Nov 22nd, but unfortunately I have been having a family crisis -my Mother, and best friend, was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic lung cancer on the 24th, and we have been living through some very tough times since. She is now feeling much better after an 8 day hospital stay, and is living with me for the time being. So needless to say, I won't be getting much time to paint any time soon. So I thought I should post these final photos from the workshop. (I do have some work that was done prior that I can post until I can get back to work, so you will be hearing from me!)

This is the first stage in the collage, just pasting on the various transparent papers I had made in the shape of a 'T'.

 This is the next stage. I have added some transitional papers around the edges to bridge the positive and negative shapes, and have added some decorated papers  to add interest.

More papers have been added to get a directional flow going, and the focal point is being developed. In the final (so far) version at the top, you can see how I decided to play with a focal point and its repeat. I painted the background with a pale peach colour to establish the orange as the dominant colour. I also incorporated some line work to move the eye around. My son Evan (the actor) who is home to visit Grandma decided that there was a sea feeling to the painting, and hence the title.

Here are some of my students in my lovely large workshop space.

And here we all are holding our masterpieces! It was a wonderful workshop and I think we all had fun and learned a lot.

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liz wiltzen said...

So sorry to hear about your Mom Sharon. Hang in there...

Sending love your way.

Pam Holnback said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your mother.

Shirley Peters said...

I'm so sorry to hear that your Mother is not well. I think you are doing a wonderful thing to have her live with you at this time. My only regrets with my parents are not bringing them into my home when they were old... we visited them lot, but it's not the same. You will be able to enjoy her company do much more, and of course, she will be comforted by being with you.
Well done, and I hope that you get support as well.

btw, I love your collage. The limited colour palette and the tension in the composition is compelling. I will now read your blog through very carefully.
all the best
Shirley Peters

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Mother's diagnosis. I will be thinking of you both this season.

You've been very generous with the instructions and explanations involved in your process... thank you! I did my homework with the 3 tonal value studies you described Nov. 16, and think it was a great exercise! Then when I tried to translate it to paint... I didn't do too well, but that was my own fault. Can't wait to try again, though, because I loved the patterns and designs of the value studies. Your site is always something I look forward to. Thanks again!

Cheryl Quist said...


Lovely piece! So sorry to hear about your Mom - thinking of you and praying for you daily.


Sharon Lynn Williams said...

Thank you so much for your well wishes and concerns my friends. It means more to me than you can imagine.

Murray Elliot Breen, aka Surfthearts said...

Thinking of You, Prayers for Your Mom!

Lindsey said...

so sorry to hear about your Mum's diagnosis Sharon. My thoughts and prayers are with you...enjoy your time with her this season and look after yourself as well.

Caroline said...

I am so sorry to hear about your mom being so poorly. My thoughts are with you.

Wendy Mould said...

So sorry to hear about your mom. I am gift wrapping in the mall as a fun raiser for Cancer and I will 'wrap a few for her'. Good luck to you and your family our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Linda Wilder Expressions said...

oh Sharon, so sorry to hear about your mother. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Hugs.