I am NOT a morning person, but recently I’ve been getting up early, prompted to do something productive: write, meditate, draw, exercise … Highly unusual, but good, I suppose. Who knows, perhaps I’m finally developing some healthy new habits!
This morning I woke up before dawn, thinking I wanted to blog about a recent workshop (on the use of digital film making as a healing tool, particularly for people in the hospital). But when I looked out the window at the grey morning, I was motivated to start the second collage for my Rectangles on the Bay series.
I enjoy taking pictures. They’re not the best quality as they’re just snapped from my iphone. It’s easy to do, though, and suffices for my purposes, at least for now. (Getting a nice camera and using it is on my bucket list). Anyway, I like the reflections and angles in the above photo. It’s several hours after I made the collage, so the light is a lot different, and I took it from a closer vantage point.
Things went pretty smoothly during this collage-making session. No gunky glue sticks. Nothing burst into flames. The only misstep was accidentally dipping one of my watercolor pencils into my coffee (hey, it was before 7 AM!) And yes, I continued to drink the coffee.
I wasn’t planning to use anything but paper and glue for this collage, but a majestic pine tree begged to be included. It was fun using aforementioned watercolor pencils, first to sketch the tree, then wetting them to add painterly effects. I enjoy working with these pencils as they are much easier to control than paint brushes.
Here is the result, which is nearly finished. As with the first collage, I am planning to include some metal and string to fashion the blind cords and cleat hooks. I figured that would be a nice way to tie them together.
After the Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage exhibit at UC Berkeley Art Museum, Fall of 2011. Matt Gonzalez hosted a collage making session after commenting on a few of his favorite Schwitter pieces. This picture was taken by new collaging friend, Lupita Peimbert.
Here’s an article on the exhibit: http://dailyserving.com/2011/08/kurt-schwitters-color-and-collage-at-the-berkeley-art-museum/
And on the collage-making series: http://events.sfgate.com/berkeley_ca/events/show/201670065-kurt-schwitters-make-art-with-matt-gonzalez