Shift to Collage, February 25, 2010

Charles Dickens

Today I did not begin to watercolor until now (10:16 pm).   Too wiped out from school responsibilities, I retired to bed for a late-afternoon/early-evening nap, then spent the evening doing tasks.  Now that I’m getting around to watercoloring, I realize there will be nothing in that media to post tonight, so I’m bringing out one of my hundreds of greeting card designs that I sell out of my booth at art festivals.

Charles Dickens has been a favorite among buyers.  The pencil sketches are mine, the handwriting sample of Dickens came from Google, and color was added with cut and torn pieces of Canson paper and a prismacolor pencil.  Collaging and watercoloring often competed with each other for my quality time and attention, and for awhile they competed fiercely in my booth sales.  Watercolor finally emerged the victor, and now I very seldom work on collage, though I always enjoyed the process immensely.  I wonder if I’ll ever go back and pick it up again–there just seems so little quality time to make art these days, and so little energy left when I finish school daily.

Thanks for reading.

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2 Responses to “Shift to Collage, February 25, 2010”

  1. cindyinsd Says:

    I know what you mean. I think I’m going to quit my part-time teaching job so that I can go back to doing pottery and art full time. Of course, that’s easy for me to say since I’m not the primary provider for our household. I love your collaged card. Wonderful idea. I will have to give it a try.

    Have been enjoying your blog for several weeks now. You may even convince me to break out the watercolors yet, but as you say . . . there seems to be so little time. I think it will be worth it, though. I cleaned up my studio today–first steps. 😉

    Blessings, Cindy


  2. davidtripp Says:

    Pleasure to hear from you, Cindy, and to know one who understands the conflict between teaching schedules and making art. Tomorrow I will begin the day with two 90-minute Art I classes (ugh!) and will spend the time monitoring them instead of focusing on the creation of a piece. It gets harder every year. I’m glad to know you have the option of walking away–I cannot because I need the steady income. Enjoy that studio (now that it’s ready to be used!) and let us know how it goes with you. Thank you for the kind words about my blog.


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