Paper collage, faux encaustic, acrylic paint and inks on watercolor paper
Ships from Seattle, Washington, USA
Shipping: domestic only
8 x 8 x 0.5 in
203.2 x 203.2 x 12.7 mm
20.3 x 20.3 x 1.3 cm
0.2032 x 0.2032 x 0.0127 meter
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This mixed media piece is one from a series of four works. It is listed for sale as an individual artwork, however it is beautiful hung alongside its counterparts from the Scenes From a Village Series.
During the pandemic, I began experimenting with collage. I learned that collage techniques date as far back as 200 BC when paper was first invented in China, and in the 10th century, when Japanese calligraphers used glued paper for writing poems. More recently, around 1910, Cubist artists Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso began making cutting edge assemblages. Picasso’s Still Life with Chair-Caning (considered to be Modern Art’s first collage) combined painted elements and actual wicker chair caning glued to the surface of the work.
For me, collage begins with bringing together bits of textured paper and pages from old books that evoke a particular color or feeling. I like working with more than one piece at a time using these collected elements so that the pieces move coherently together but retain individuality. I love the depth that can be created with collage as it is very much like the depth of colors, textures, and feelings that I strive for in my gardens.
In Scenes From a Village, the colors and images evoked an image of strolling around a small village.
Colette Smith obtained her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, was a civil litigator for several years, and now works as an attorney for the federal district court in Seattle. It was just within the past decade that Colette began experimenting with a brush and a small tube of acrylic paint. Since that time, she has exhibited her work in a solo exhibit, at charity auctions, and open juried shows. Two of her pieces (including A View From Above) are currently on exhibit at the 2021 Peninsula Art League Open Juried Show at the Gig Harbor History Museum. Colette’s work combines color with textures to create depth and light and is greatly influenced by the beauty of the Northwest. In addition to mixed media, Colette creates pieces using the techniques of paint pouring and collage.
It never occurred to me that I had creative power but once I discovered it, I took to heart the words of Van Gogh, who said that the “creative power cannot be repressed, one must give vent to what one feels.” Now, when I am not working on a piece or thinking about working on a piece, I feel a void.
I am greatly influenced by nature and am lucky to live in the Great Northwest which abounds with beauty and layers upon layers of color. I find wonderful inspiration in my gardens and in long hikes in the mountains and along Washington’s beaches.
I learned early on that I am happiest when I allow my work to be uncontrived and free flowing. Abstract expressionism is where my creativity comes to life. I love to mix color with textures and mixed media to create depth and to tell a story. It was this process that drew me to paint pouring — a surprisingly fun and explosive technique where color and flow take center stage. With collage, I can create drawings from virtually any material and am learning to balance my pieces.
I am never quite sure where my creativity will take me but I enjoy every bit of the journey and I am always excited when a piece evokes more than one feeling.
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