I have been working on this collage and paint still life, “Abundance” for awhile now. I work on it for a bit, and then let it sit for awhile. Later I come back to it and add some more, and then let it sit again. It has had kind of an evolving quality to it. I never know exactly the direction a piece will take when I began to work on it.
I knew this would be a still life with at least one vase and flowers, but I didn’t know a bowl would appear, and then I didn’t know it would be filled with pears, and then finally, one last pear outside the bowl would be added because, well, it just felt right.
I do my best work when I try to just let the piece lead me instead of trying to force it into a predetermined image in my mind. The pots were cut out of some of my monoprint paper from a printing spree I had a couple of weeks ago. The flowers are a lot of little bits of papers torn and pieced in a process that I call painting with paper. The background has assorted papers covered with paint and stenciled with my Dots in a Row stencil.
Finally, I added shading with my Derwent Inktense watersoluble pencils.
This piece will soon be hanging at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita.
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