Thursday, February 28, 2008

Finding homes for my work

I enjoy the challenge, I look for the subject matter that I feel a connection to in some way. I look for the complexity in the photographs, the movement the depth and try to recreate the images with hand torn tiny bits of glued magazine paper. Often times I already have a home picked out for the picture, even before I finish. I try and connect the work to the recipient. I find it easy to share the work, giving the pictures away to those who find it interesting and who are facinated with the medium. I run out of wall space in my home so a good purge from time to time keeps me motivated and helps to keep the work fresh and the subject matter in the present tense.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Developing Your Art

I began experimenting in this medium in late 2006. I decided to number each picture, and log each piece of art so that I could track the progress. Working in a single medium allows you to develop your skills in that medium. Over time I have gone from work that looked more mosaic in nature to a more "painted" look to the work. I am presently working on #57. I try to choose subjects that I have a sense of connection to. It makes the work enjoyable and relaxing.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Visiting Artist

I was invited to lecture and exhibit my recent work at an area high school. This was an exciting and exhuberating experience. The students were very receptive and seemed genuinely interested in the work and my process for creating it. This experience is what truely inspired me to create this blog. I want to share with others how this type of medium challenges me as well as how relaxing it is to create. I hope you enjoy the images and if you find yourself wanting to try it, I have some tips posted on eHow for your review.

Art Therapy

Creating art is theraputic in so many ways. This hands on technique allows you to become a part of your work, you are touching your work constantly it gives you a connection you may not get with painting. This work is challenging, your subjects can range form simple to complex depending on your individual and personal choices. The only limits to what can be accomplished are within you. Presently I have created over 55 different pieces of art in this medium, and I truely have only touched the surface as to how intricate the work can be. The harder more complex the subject, the greater the satisfaction you get when you complete the work.

Art Goes Green

What is interesting about this type of medium is the fact that the artist in their small way are actually recycling. Magazines are being used and recycled into fine art. This may never really make a difference in the grand scheme of things but it is interesting, and the work is rewarding. The Art of Recycling, or Recycling is Art, or how to Artfully Recycle, something to think about.

Torn Paper "Painting"

The artwork featured here is meant to look as if each piece is painted. No paint was used, not cutting (except for the signature), only hand torn and layered bits of magazine paper adheared with every day white glue (thinned with water).

I have published a few articles on eHow titled "How to create torn paper collage and mosaic fine art", "How to create torn paper painting; Artist use only tiny bits of torn paper to create impressionistic style paintings". Please visit the eHow site, and post your comments.