Monday, January 31, 2011

A, B, C, D,

It's taken some time to get back to the blog as I keep altering my mini-collages. I suspect this might continue ad infinitum, at least until I get to the end. The 'A Letter A Week' is certainly a challenge, and I'm among such creative cohorts that I hope I can keep up. My letters are all so different. Co-ordinating them into a single collage at the end might just be too difficult a feat.  It will certainly test my design skills. Perhaps they'll lend themselves to a box instead.  We'll see.

Meanwhile here's the current crop:

Blogging has certainly added a new dimension to my life. I'm amazed at the International network of creative minds out there.  Am still finding my way around the various tools available to enhance the blog and will soon have a portfolio of past and current work attached.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Letter A Week

As if I don't have enough to do, I've just signed up for the 'Letter A Week' project run by Fiona Dempster (  another superb local artist ... they breed like rabbits on the Sunshine Coast.  This means producing a letter of the alphabet each week in the medium of your choice, with a view to displaying them together at the end in some creative way suitable for exhibition.  If you look at the work produced last year for this project via Fiona's Blog, you will be amazed at the variety of creative ideas.

Collage was my first thought since I've been producing collages willy-nilly for the International Collage Exchange.  So, I duly gathered and cut matboard into 7 cm squares, then began collecting cutout letters for my first month (A,B,C,D).  Once pasted onto the tiny squares these will be painted over and into a small painting which, at the end, will become part of a large collage/mixed media work.

My latest works for the Collage Exchange are produced in a similar way:

"Me, Ma"

At last I have completed my final collages for the Exchange and they will be in the post to Dale in New Zealand ASAP.  I can hardly wait until the middle of the year when I receive my swaps.  What a collection I will have !

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Peter Hudson Painting

After mentioning the acquisition of a Peter Hudson painting I thought I'd better post an image.  I bought the painting for Richard for Xmas and, fortunately, he loves it as much as I.  Peter is one of our best local (Sunshine Coast) artists having won the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, and has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize.  The painting is a daily delight and I feel privileged to have it hanging on my wall.

"Ray & Moon" - Painted by Peter Hudson
Peter's work can be seen at :

A propos my 'collage project' I spent last weekend at a "Mixed Media Madness" workshop with Noela Mills, another favourite local artist.  We spent two fabulous days throwing paint around, cutting, collaging, making brushes and books, and generally having great fun.  The result was an assortment of finished pieces that were surprisingly complete, and very creative.  As yet I have to photograph mine, but will soon.
Kerry 'fuming' the back of her work to make a book
These double sided sheets were folded and cut into double page size, folded again and sewn together with a woven binding.  The finished product was a book of 'art' where each page was a serendipitous accident.  Some pages worked better than others, but those that didn't could be altered by the addition of more brushwork, or collage.  Will eventually get some of mine photographed.

Some of the results of this workshop can be seen at :

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


As usual I'm working in series and, because I keep madly producing more collages, will have an excess from which to choose the best. This series is "Moon/Earth".  Have been pondering the moon since purchasing a Peter Hudson painting from his "Fish And Moon " series.

There are 5 x Singing Bird collages, and 6 x Moon/Earth collages complete so far.  Am also working on a series called "It's Only Words", using cutouts from glossy magazines.  These are to be completed and photographed, so stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Collage Project

At last I've joined the age of technology.  Welcome to my very first blog!

This was brought about by my need to have images of my work available on the net, so I guess I'll begin with my current project, the 13th International Collage Exhibition and Exchange.

Have been flat out producing 13 (a bakers dozen) collages.

The three pieces above are from a series called "The Singing Bird Will Come".  The title is part of an old Chinese proverb... "If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come"....  a philosophy worth subscribing to.