There is something enticing about a cabinet and a shelf.
A collection of life’s fragments arranged and re-configured into some kind of biography that represents a life. Or secrets and dates jumbled into an altered reality that you wish could be true. The epitome of time made visible.
During the Victorian era this was exemplified in the form of wonder cabinets: odds and ends, coins, insects, or shells were arranged in a mysterious tableau for us all to gaze at many years later and build a portrait of the collector in our minds.
I want to do that as a class.
I will provide a simple flat box already constructed with shelves.
One of the advantages of confining your collage to a sketchbook is continuity.
It offers the ability to respond to the previous collage in an interesting way, a kind of collage journal or diary if you will and in the end you have a visual record that has an inspiring narrative.
This class will focus on keeping collage in a book form with the various techniques practiced in traditional collage (list those from the other description here) but with a continuous thread that in the end tells a story – intentional or not.
Another advantage of sketchbook collage is the ability to have all your collages at your finger tips where you can add changes to previous collages if you need to.
It is also fun to combine collage with drawings and words to create a richer dialogue.
I love to draw! It is the one artistic endeavor that will always be my own pure means of expression. I draw for clarification, understanding and comfort.
Drawing helps crystallize your thoughts like nothing else can.
It doesn’t matter one bit about how accomplished you are either. There are those who render quite well and those who don’t. It’s the act of drawing I am speaking of.
How often do you sit down and draw? Here is a chance to do that. Choose an idea or a subject and begin to draw. No purpose other than to feel the scratch of a pencil or pen on a piece of paper and watch the progression of line.
Collage is a simple art form, anyone can do it. But it can develop into a complex an interesting form of expression that can be thoughtful and idea driven.
In this class we will build collages limited to a maximum of 10×10 inch format. We will use cut paper, vintage ephemera, old photos, tissue paper, water color and drawing, homemade modeling clay stamps, old letters, and postage stamps.
You are encouraged to create a stockpile of images by carefully cutting out as many pieces as you can during the first hour, so you should expect to be using your scissors or a knife. Bring good scissors or a sharp knife.
My day starts with coffee, one cup per day then tea. Up to the studio I go with my steaming cup of black tea with lots of milk. (A habit I picked up in England.)
The important thing – and the way I start every day there – is quietly sitting on my studio steps for a while, drinking my tea and watching the birds that congregate around my studio door. Chickadees, thrushes, sparrows, and juncos are almost always there. Occasionally a grosbeak or two. Here on the mountain things move slowly. Rabbits sit quietly in the green grass near salal and salmon berry bushes, undisturbed. After my tea and thought I begin my day, poking through mental notes and tattered sketches to find my direction.
Well, we are making a more public effort to highlight what Larry has to offer in terms of service to the Seattle art community, as well as providing a blog-like venue for creative underpinnings of the artist’s way.
– we will announce what type of workshops will be hosted here at Larry’s Studio
– we will illustrate our special and unique, natural setting in the midst of untouched forests of Tiger Mountain
– we will list the types of services that Larry offers to help other artist on a one-on-one basis in the completion of their own projects
– and typically there will be glimpses at creative thought processes, snippets of ideas, either in the form of illustrations and/or text.
Both of us will contribute to the newsletter and provide updated information and share what’s brewing in the artist’s mind.