Sunday, July 18, 2010

OAK... collage on sewn papers

8.5 x 11"
drawing on collage

For this drawing I brushed Golden GAC 100 over the sewn collage prior to drawing. One reason I'm searching for an appropriate coating for the papers is that so many of these scrap papers I'm using are either vintage, with its problematic acids, or ink jet prints which are water soluble. Both the clear gesso and the GAC 100 smear the inks, so that's out. I'll do a few on uncoated papers next. After all, these are experimental drawings that aren't meant to be long lasting.

I'm so appreciative to all of you readers who took the time to comment on my last post and to leave helpful information about clear gesso. Be sure to read the comments on the last post. There are those who use it to great advantage in their work and others who don't like it a bit. Read what Liquitex has to say about the product here.

About this January a few years ago my brother and I visited a family cemetary in Arkansas, one that a maternal great grandfather established on a hill on his land. The small cemetary is surrounded by big oak trees and I shot several tree portraits as I often do when I find wintertime trees that catch my eye.
Here's my brother leaning against our grandfather's headstone with Mom's headstone next to his. See the oak in the background? There are many other similar trees.

Lisa Pressman is doing a series that she call Outside-Inside and she asked for photos of the view outside artist's studio windows as well as a photo of a piece of art. I'm honored that she chose to post the pictures I submitted. Go have a look here.


  1. another wonderful collage.
    I so love trees!!

    I am going to go back and read all the comments about clear gesso, and thanks for the links.

  2. Your trees are really great - they seem to have a life off the graceful and strong :-)

  3. Love your tree collages, beautifully done!!

  4. Hi!
    Just wanted to let you know that I posted the Decision Portrait of your friend Pat Albiston on my blog. Thanks so much for putting her in touch with me for this work!
    By the way, I LOVE vintage text, cemeteries, and stitching into all sorts of interesting substrata what you're doing!

  5. Anonymous1:30 PM PDT

    Brother, eh? He sure is handsome! How do the girls contact him?

    Kidding. It's me, Jo. First time I've looked at your blog. It won't be the last! Boy, aren't you the busy one! And the computer knowledge you must have to do all this beautiful stuff. I know who to ask computer questions of when I get stumped.
    The (loving and proud of you) Brother,


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