Tuesday, 14 October 2008

A collage in the style of Matisse

Here it is:-



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My interpretation of the Dancers by Matisse; I call it the Prancers!
This is approximately 8 x 12 inches and is executed in tissue paper on mountboard. I used a template from an art doll and cut four layers of tissue at once. Hence they are a little ragged in places but this was the only way I could have completed it in the 90 minutes whch I had.
As with the last large collage this was done whilst at my art group to try and get the members interested in collage before I run a workshop for them in two weeks time. Again I had a lot of quizzical looks but nothing else when I announced that I was going to do "a Matisse", but before the end of the evening, I again had people asking about the process. So I guess it is working.
One thing I learned whilst doing this is that if you intend to collage with tissue paper, do not rely on glue-sticks to lay on the adhesive. A wet glue would have been far kinder to the small tissue paper shapes.
Have to find another artist and another style for next week - any suggestions welcome.

4 comments:

My name is CINDY...... said...

yep, been there with the glue sticks and tissue paper but if I ever do anything at work with kids it has to be glue sticks - the carpet would never survive runny glue. I was wondering what you were going to do with this but it worked well I think.

Artyfax said...

Hi Cindy - what am I going to do with it? It was done merely as an exercise to get the srt group members interested in having a go at collage as an alternative to "drawing and painting".

I hadn't really thought about doing anything else with it.

MARGARET FIELD said...

brill John.

How about Paul Klee, with his blocks of colour for next time.

Artyfax said...

Thanks for the suggestion Margaret, I will have a think about it. Don't want to be too abstract for this crowd as they are a very conservative bunch