From the Studio

August 2023
Fund-raising success!
The collage, ’A bit bouncy’ raised around £400 for Southwold lifeboat crew, on a horribly wet day! Very pleased with that. 
And, btw, if you are planning a visit to my studio through September, I will be donating 10% of any sales to a charity of the customer’s choice.

In The Studio

For the last few months I’ve been working on an 80cm collage on board.

Working on most pieces takes the form of a lengthy, stop-start process, with long gaps while I work out what I want to change. In a collage change is not too difficult. It can be achieved either by adding more translucent layers, or wetting the surface and doing a bit of ‘wallpaper scraping’ and peeling off which actually can be exciting since unplanned edges and alterations to the form happen.

This first image shows an early stage:

The subject for this collage is my beloved Southwold Harbour, with its cluttered scattering of black huts. There was a fire early this year, which destroyed one of the fish and chip cafes, and damaged another. This sad event was in my mind.

At this point, in terms of the composition, I had already felt the need to remove some blue sky areas, and reduce what had been an extensive patterned grey area bottom right. I was also feeling uncomfortable with the floating hut top right. So I applied yellow tissue sheets (painted with acrylic ink), to see if these might link or unify the composition.

Not quite satisfied, I then considered how I could link the two sides of the composition and came up with this: showing a detail of the device I used – a painted-on suggestion of a fence and a few objects that might be boating kit.

The following slideshow shows subsequent changes that I made until I was satisfied with the composition. It is a mixture of shots of the whole piece, and 8 detailed images showing close ups of areas of surface textures that I’m really pleased with.

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