Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Can you see the forest?

Perhaps that title wont immediately make sense in the context of this mixed media work, one of my abstract collages, containing assorted painted and collected materials.

However, the point I'm trying to make is that sometimes 'we can't see the forest for the trees'... well in this case the reverse.

The above 'forest', when dissected in many various ways, contains innumerable 'trees', some better than others.

It is always worthwhile running a cut mat around your work, and selecting different areas, and different formats, in isolation.

You might find a small piece that is infinitely better than the large work.   At the very least you'll find compositions that can be used in other pieces.


  1. Thank you for the eye candy and for the tip dear Jo...
    I am a sucker for blues and I really Love your golden paper too...

    great collage or collages as the case may be!


  2. always love looking for the abstracts within the abstracts. Beautiful piece

  3. Love it Jo! Thank you for sharing al lthe lovely details too-gives one a true look at allthe working textures!

  4. What a great collage - a beautiful combo of textures and blues. There are many of your smaller 'compositions' that are just stunning - I can immediately think of a couple of my pieces that I need to apply this idea to. Thanks for the reminder...

  5. Beautiful collage Jo - very pleasing to the eye!

  6. Jo, this is a great point. I like this collage, and your choice of colors and textures. Only very recently I've allowed myself to cut up papers where I've liked only one part of something. It really not only is freeing, but it honors the good part and allows it to live!

  7. Each detail image is an artwork in itself and as you say a spring board for new art.