9x9 inches, paper collage
It's still really, really cold outside. I dislike going out, and I have needed to do it whether I like it or I don't. This past weekend I needed to drive twenty or so miles to Whitewater, where the WRAP show was wrapping up after a month. There was a speaker, people I know and like, and I needed to bring home my painting. It really was nothing new, a few inches of fresh snow, wintery temperatures, a stiff breeze, but all I really wanted to do was burrow under blankets with something hot to drink, and maybe a good book. I am getting less and less brave about driving when the snow blows and drifts out on country roads. When I was younger, I just did it, but after this drive my shoulders were tight and my head ached. So when I learned my piece was not selected for any special mention, I packed up and left early, skipping the critiques. All I wanted in the world was to be back home again.
Since then I've been playing with altering papers, and today I decided to do something with some of them. This paper collage is loosely based on a quilt pattern, "stacked coins." I set out some orange papers, and some aqua blue for a complement, and just tore them. After they were adhered, I glazed the entire thing with burnt umber to unify the design, and this is what I got. It's actually nicer in person, where you can see the textures and metallic paint on some of the papers.
I like it. I've been attracted to the colors and patterns of quilts for years, though my interest in sewing is nil. I like that this square format can be turned a couple ways, and suggest something different each time. The Princess and the Pea's mattresses? Books on shelves? CDs? Pancakes? Stairways? I like the contrasts of smooth and textured papers, of patterned and plain. Best of all it took my mind off the cold outside.