So, my ongoing experiment with doing collage 'sans monotype' is still going on. This is hard, people! (Did I just say that? I'm starting to sound like my students!) Here is, I suppose you could say, the 3rd incarnation of this piece- sort of. You'll probably recognize parts of it from incarnation #2. I felt it wasn't going anywhere, so why not rip it up? Nothing to lose, and lots of potential learning to gain. Besides, tearing something apart is a good way to get out your frustrations, if nothing else.
This has several layers, and has gone through quite a bit of ripping and scraping of its own. It didn't scan very well, I guess because of the metallic joss paper; the colors are a bit off, despite my attempt to correct them in Photoshop.
I like the colors, but I'm not sure if the joss paper is too bright/strong in value compared to the rest. Maybe there's too much contrast.
I think the composition is the biggest problem here. Not enough of a focal point; it's a disjointed jumble of stuff, like the inside of your kitchen junk drawer. The issue for me has always been that I have difficulty eliminating anything, so it becomes too much, too much, too much!
Maybe I should cut the sides off?
Well, it was fun, and I did learn from it. And I made a huge mess in the studio.
Your critique? Any comments, advice, and/or constructive criticism are appreciated.
Tune in next time for incarnation #4...