Thanks for visiting my blog! MudBay Musings chronicles creative journeys, with inspiration and humor I find along the way... including my mother's and my artwork, stories, local bird life and garden favorites...
all of which I hope will bring a smile to your heart.



Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spontaneous Collage






I ran across these in the studio last week – experiments from a couple of years ago. In an attempt to prod myself out of a creative slump, I had decided to throw all caution to the wind and do some spur-of-the-moment collages. This was a real stretch for me, as by nature I horribly over-think things.

At the time, I was in the process of purging stacks of old, once-treasured magazines. After setting a self-imposed time limit, I quickly began thumbing through their pages, tearing out any images that appealed to me – textures, colors, shapes – resisting the attempt to reason why I found a particular image appealing. I became a woman on a mission… feverishly ripping, cutting, tearing… all against the clock. Then, after hurriedly dividing the pile of images into color groups (no surprise there!) I made quick collages using each group’s clippings.

It was a very freeing experience, with surprisingly enjoyable results. I highly recommend this process for anyone who needs a creative boost – shutting your brain “off” and letting your creative spirit play with abandon. Of course, using materials destined for the trash bin certainly helps…

6 comments:

Miki said...

For being spontaneous, these are remarkably pulled together! What a great idea. I'll have to give it a try. I can only hope my efforts look half as artistic as yours! -- Miki

Jessica Leigh said...

Hello, Aunt Cathy!
I love your collages!
I enjoyed seeing pictures from Mom and Julia's trip. Hope I can journey out there myself sometime soon.

I so wish to come visit you and do lots of artsy things. :)

Lyneen said...

THESE ARE AMAZING... I JUST LOVE THEM... You have such a creative streak! WOW...

Elizabeth Golden said...

These are great! There is a Gluebots group on yahoo you should join. This is encouraged!

Beth Niquette said...

Dearest Catherine,

These photos of your work just fill my eyes--which, as you know is the greatest compliment I can give to my fellow artists. WOW! How perfectly gorgous!

Linda said...

Cathy, I LOVE these...so fresh and vibrant looking! Maybe this is just what I need to get out of my slump!