Sunday, May 09, 2010


Daily Collage

My collages aren't so daily while we travel. I don't have an easy setup for collage like I do at home where everything I need is all in one spot and I am making do with whatever papers I gather. (This photo bit is of a barn in Oregon.) At the end of a long day the last thing I want to do is make a collage. However, an afternoon looking at art in the galleries along Canyon Road in Santa Fe got the creative juices flowing. I saw lots of good art and even more of the other kind. 

Sometimes that's really good, looking at the work of other artists, but I worry that seeing what other people do so well might undermine my own individual approach to working. I kept saying to myself, "that's a good idea; I could do something like that, too." But when it comes down to working in an honest way I know I'll have to let it all perk and somehow find my own way to make my unique statement with the art I make. This looking is just another form of study that will be added to what I already know and feel and hopefully what I make in the future won't look like anyone's work but my own.

We've seen so many beautiful places under wide open sunny skies; I know that future work will be heavily inspired by the colors and forms of the southwestern landscape.


  1. Jo it sounds like such a wonderful trip!!

    Oh, the galleries in Santa Fe, how exciting!!!

    Love the collage!!

  2. Glad to hear you're having a good trip. Santa Fe is one place I want to visit. I like the simplicity of both your rock and barn collages. They capture a moment and feeling.

  3. Sounds like you're gathering lots of ideas for future art work....
    Can't wait to see some of it...
    Happy Traveling
    Hugs and Blessings

  4. I know what you mean about trying to create collage while you are traveling. Not easy. I always try to maintain that excitement of what I have see for later....but often it dissipates. My digital camera has been my faithful friend, though, knowing my failures to 'get it down' on paper, fast. Lovely blog you have going here.

  5. The Santa Fe galleries, especially those on Canyon Road, were fun to visit, as were museums, except for one which was too expensive for what they had displayed. I always get inspired seeing other artist's work, but I try not to make too good a record of what I see because I want the impression to filter through my subconscious so that I don't make work anything like anyone else's.
    Mostly I recorded nature and buildings with my friendly digital camera, several hundred shots, many which I've deleted already. I can hardly wait to get to work. Now that I'm home I'm simply unpacking and getting my home back into order.

  6. I am jealous of this trip, by the way! and I love the barn, nice composition.


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