Tuesday, 15 June 2010

collaged atc's; cut it up, stick it down

Collage is mostly about cutting ( or tearing) up an image and using it in a composition to create a pleasing or meaningful piece of art. This weeks challenge in Artful Ideas on Flickr, was to cut up an image and then rearrange it to create an ATC.

I toyed with the idea for some time and decided to use images of some old paintings for this challenge and repurpose ( if that's the word) the art. I printed out some small scale images ( atc size) from some larger works ( of the order of 12 x 16 inches) and played around with the possibilities. There may be more to come having got this far, but the entries to the challenge are shown below:-

For the first atc, I simply cut up an image of a pastel portrait and then stuck the pieces down on a background paper. I did not consider actually taking out any of the original image so that what you see is a sort of expanded ( or exploded) image. I could have taken out some of the image from the cut areas and left the overall size of the image intact, but with bits missing. I intend to try this with the same image and see how it compares. I have been told that the emotion in the face is changed by this first procedure, I wonder how it will be affected by the second.

The second atc was more involved. I cut up two different landscapes, a welsh village and a seashore scene and then put them back together fairly randomly. The main image was a figure study cut up and reassembled to seem as if it is floating on the backdrop.

I enjoyed this challenge and as I said will be playing with it to create a few more atc's in different ways, thanks for your time.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

getting down and digital

Still not able to get to my "srudio" because of the knee so have taken to using the PC and doing a little digital art work. Both of these were for  challenges on PDA ( paper and digital art by Kim) and make use of the free images offered by Kim Newberg. One of the useful things about these challenges is that Kim gives a months worth of themes in advance and therefore there is plenty of time to get to grips with the composition and then the business of actually doing the work.

I call this "Das Eugen Haben Sie" my poor translation for "The eyes have it". It is in german because the background text ( lyrics) are in german - seemed right, somehow. The background / eyes and the vintage gentleman are available free on PDA. The girls faces are from the Flickr collage group

This one I seemed to go mad with. The background is actually a montage of 4 images from the flickr collage group, by ArtByChristi and luvs2create2. I rather liked the way it turned out and for a while wasn't sure that i wanted to cover it - always a danger for me. The vintage lady was from frannie60, and the borders and tags from Norma Frances, again from the flickr group. The ivy and the vintage doll image was from PDA.

Hope to get back to sticking things down soon, but I have an X-ray arranged and may have to have a knee replacement. keeping my fingers crossed. In the mean time I guess that there will be more digital art work coming from me.

PS just realised the german is worse than I thought... eyes is augen not as I have spelt it on the card, oh well I will correct it asap.