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Collect, Compose & Create — a collage workshop

There have been a lot of requests to learn more about my collage processes, so yes, I’m finally offering a one-day workshop! It’ll be happening on Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 9am to 4pm at my studio in Denver, Colorado. 

Demonstrating techniques at the Art Gym last spring... no microphones will be needed at the workshop!

Demonstrating techniques at the Art Gym last spring… no microphones will be needed at the workshop!

I’ll be discussing collage in general, collecting materials, and composition — as well as reviewing supports and adhesive techniques, including my signature wet working process. There will be plenty of materials to work with and finished examples to enhance our conversations along with ample time to experiment, work on collages, and discuss.

Attendance is limited to six people so there will be plenty of space to work and so that I can spend adequate time with each person attending. Workshop cost is $120. plus a $10. materials fee.  Information about what to bring will be provided to all registrants by September 20. Most materials will be provided however you may want to bring special items that are of interest to you.

I’m really excited about spending a day immersed in collage activities with some of you! For more information or to register, please contact me via the connect page on my website.

***9.21.16 Class is now full. However, please contact me if you’d like to add your name to a list to receive advance notice of future classes.***

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Sequence / collage work in progress

Everyone is always intrigued with work in progress and the sequence of how a collage comes together, so thought I’d do a quick slide show documenting a recent work: “Honey,” a 36 x 36″ collage on wood panel. For whatever reason, this composition developed mostly from the center out toward the edges.

I am working with found and salvaged papers, including chunks ripped from old art posters… so anything that appears painted is appropriated from the poster imagery. When using bits and pieces of other’s artwork, I always try to rip/crop the elements in ways that take the color/texture completely out of their original context so that they become simply an ingredient to use in an entirely new composition.

Lately I’ve been trying to document work in progress on Instagram (along with other inspiration/adventures)… so if you are interested in how collages develop, please follow me there @janicemcdonaldart!

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Happy New Year!

Somehow the last half of 2015 has escaped me… I actually haven’t quite regained my sense of work/life balance (if there is such a thing!) since the death of my Mom in May. I’m getting there though… and aside from that loss, so very many good things came to pass this year that I’ve not taken the time to post here.

Me and Mom, circa 2013.

Me and Mom, circa 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So a quick recap is in order!
Accomplishments… woohoo!

—Completed a 11-piece series of nature/landscape-inspired collages for installation at a hospital in Nebraska.

—Made a large composed landscape for a lobby installation where an image of the original was enlarged and then printed onto 32 separate foot-square wood panels, then hung in a grid.

—Had a very successful solo show that featured my composed landscape series, titled “Paper Trails,” at Spark Gallery.

—Showed with my To Expand artist friends in “Here to There” at aBuzz Gallery this summer and in “Running Dialogue,” currently on view at the Lone Tree Arts Center.

With the "Expand" crew at the installation of our work at the Lone Tree Arts Center in December.

With the “Expand” crew at the installation of our work at the Lone Tree Arts Center in December.

—Completed my two year term as Co-Director of Spark Gallery. I currently have a large new collage on view there in the Annual Members’ Show, through January 9.

—Rented a studio in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. Opened the doors to celebrate First Friday in November, just a few days after signing the lease. I now have S P A C E to get some perspective on my work!

First Friday in October 2015 at Paper Trails exhibition, Spark Gallery, Denver.

First Friday in October 2015 at Paper Trails exhibition, Spark Gallery, Denver.

Just getting settled in new studio space... every day I take more paper ingredients down there!

Just getting settled in new studio space… every day I take more paper ingredients down there!

—Took beginning mandolin lessons, cleared and rented my Mom’s condo… and continued my half-time design practice!

Guess it’s no wonder I haven’t posted here in a while. As 2016 approaches, I’m hugely grateful for your interest in, and support of, my work this year and look forward to new artful adventures! Stay tuned. Happy New Year!

"Western," collage enlarged and reproduced for lobby installation at 250 Columbine in Denver.

“Western,” collage enlarged and reproduced for lobby installation at 250 Columbine in Denver.

 

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You’re invited: open studio this weekend

Actual unedited image of one of my table surfaces, photographed just this morning... I won't be cleaning up too much so visitors can see what my process is like...

Actual unedited image of one of my table surfaces… I won’t be cleaning up too much so visitors can see what my process is like.

October 17th-19th:
Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm

Here’s your chance to visit my collage studio! See work in progress, check out the abundant paper stash, and peruse available collages, both small and large. I’d love to show you around…

Park Hill Studio Tour to benefit the Art Garage*
My studio address: 2212 Ash Street in Denver
A map to ALL open art studios in the neighborhood is available at
the Art Garage, 6100 E. 23rd Avenue, Denver, Colorado
Free event.
*10% of sales benefit the Art Garage.

Hope you can drop by! And for my far-flung friends, I’ll post pictures next week.

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Behind the scenes preparations

Getting ready to work on a big, new composed landscape collage for a commission. Besides figuring out a whole new way to support this very large surface while I work (another blog post in itself!), I’ve been gesso-ing a 60 x 40 x 2″ wood panel, painting edges black, and contemplating the composition to come.

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Spring sprouting green

View of my work surface with collage in progress.

View of my work surface with collage in progress.

I’ve been working on a series of collages for a 2015 exhibition where my work will be included with that of a group of contemporary botanical artists. My work surface is predominantly green these days, very spring-y!

 

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Keeping things glued together…

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Janice McDonald with collages from her fall 2013 exhibition, “Overlooked Artifacts,” at Spark Gallery in Denver, Colorado.

The latest issue of my studio newsletter went out this week. You can read it here or, to receive it directly every other month via email, please subscribe by leaving your email in box at left.

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Waterfall, a composed landscape underway

View of the level three collage underway, a rocky scene with a waterfall. I’ve painted the edges of the cradled wood panels black so that some of my papers will wrap around the edge and expose a bit about the way the collage was assembled. And yes, I work with gallon-sized quantities of glue :)

Work in progress on the waterfall collage to be enlarged for level three of the stairwell.

Work in progress on the waterfall collage to be enlarged for level three of the stairwell.

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Composed landscapes

Aerial view of the studio: the calm before the storm! Wood panels and drawings ready to begin.

Aerial view of the studio: the calm before the storm! Wood panels and drawings ready to begin.

So I set to work. I had done very simple sketches of how the landing imagery would flow upward through the space. As you climbed the stairs, different views would present themselves. Beginning with level one, walking along a stream with broad views into the distance, level two at the edge of a forest, level three passing a waterfall, level four above treeline, and level five depicting the last few boulders at the peak with views of the sky and distant landforms.

Each collage would be composed of many pieces of paper ripped from magazines and repurposed to make new landscapes from my imagination. The studio quickly became filled with piles of sifted materials! These were more detailed and more realistic than any collages I’ve made in the past… they needed to be wildly interesting at nine times their original size so there was a constant concern about how they would translate once enlarged.

Here I'm working mostly on the "above treeline" collage but sifting colors into piles for potential use in other pieces.

Here I’m working mostly on the “above treeline” collage but sifting colors into piles for potential use in other pieces.

Collage work in progress… the usual paper mayhem ensues!

Collage work in progress… the usual paper mayhem ensues!

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Standpipes and other issues

The stairwell project was approved by the client and my first visit to the site was exciting, but also a little worrisome. On the stairwell plans, we’d identified a standpipe (for firefighting purposes) running vertically through the space… however it looked a lot more innocuous on paper than it did in real life! Here are some photos of the rough space under construction in mid-September. It was obvious that the artwork, once installed, needed to somehow overwhelm the standpipe rather than the other way around!

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Level five, the tallest space, with standpipe somewhat obscured by our guide.

Level three landing wall with full run of standpipe exposed.
Level three landing wall with standpipe exposed for full length of wall.

Level two standpipe looks particularly awkward to work around.

Level two standpipe looked particularly awkward to work around.

Hilary discovers a box inexplicably mounted to center of level one wall, later relocated!

Hilary discovering a box inexplicably mounted to center of level one wall, later relocated!

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