The other month my alma mater, Elon University, reached out to me about making a custom work of art that they could feature on their holiday cards as well as print in their calendars for donors. They sent me a reference photograph that I used to create an original collage made entirely from magazine cutouts. In addition to creating a composition similar to the reference photo, they also requested that the sky be a starry one.
It had been a while since I’d tackled a cityscape collage, and working on the intricate details of the building, which required cutting and pasting very small pieces of paper, was a challenging project. I enjoyed working on the intricacies involved with the snow-covered tree branches, as well as finding fragments of paper that could make up the starry sky.
Overall, I was pleased with the collage and very happy to hear that the university’s president really liked the artwork. It was a lot of fun working on a custom work of art for the school where I went for undergrad.
The other day I completed a new custom art order. It has been a while since I’ve done a landscape/cityscape collage, and this piece surprised me by coming together pretty easily. Perhaps I need to start exploring landscapes more?
These days it really does feel like there’s never enough time in the day to complete all the things I want to do. But no matter what, I’m extremely grateful that I get to practice my craft every week 🙂 Stay tuned…more art and more variety of art will be posted in the future.
I’m getting in the habit of making these time lapse videos now that New York has been social distancing. I’m normally drawn to making animal portraits, but I figured I’d tackle a landscape since it’s been a while. I’ve taken a lot of pictures over the past couple of years, and I’m thinking I should start a series inspired by my travels.
Landscapes are one of the subjects I seldom tackle. I suppose I’m more drawn to animals than I am to different environments. However, tonight I decided to sit down and complete a landscape piece from start to finish.
My landscapes have a tendency of looking more abstract, since I’m focusing more on abstract shapes of color and texture. I also wanted to limit my time on this collage so I wouldn’t overwork different areas of the surface.
I filmed a time lapse of this piece that you can view below:
The other day I received a request from a client in Canada to create a collage of the Calgary Tower. Architectural elements are always more difficult when working on a smaller scale, although I enjoyed the challenge. After spending a lot of time focussing on animal pieces, it was also nice to change things up a bit with a building.
I’m losing count of how many times I’ve collaged the Washington Monument. It seems like when you live in the DC area, you can’t get enough of the cityscape scenes. Anyway, here it is yet again – but this time in pastel colors.
I recently put my studio work on hold as I worked on making my portfolio website mobile-friendly. Now I’m trying to get back into the groove of things with my artwork. This small cityscape piece is my latest collage. I think I’ll work on a few still life pieces next.
The cold weather this weekend made it a perfect time to stay inside and work on some artwork. At the moment I’m experimenting with a few digital pieces, but I had a chance to piece together this small collage. The Washington Monument is something that has popped up quite a bit in my cityscape work. I like the simplicity of the monument, it gives me more room to play with abstract shapes of color and texture.
Here’s my latest small landscape collage. I’m feeling a bit uninspired by landscapes at the moment, so I think now is a good time to turn back to some still life food collages. That’s always the best solution when a subject isn’t inspiring me at any given time – just change things up a bit and shift to something else.
As an artist living in the Washington, DC area, I’m constantly inspired by the city around me. I like wandering around the National Mall, taking snapshots to save for inspiration for future works of art.
This particular piece was an interesting challenge – since the collage is only 5″x7″, the magazine strips I cut were incredibly small. Anyway, it was fun to revisit a familiar subject. My next piece just might be another landscape/cityscape collage.