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Portable collage works

While I settle back into my home studio, I’ve been pretty content working on abstract collage compositions in a large Moleskine journal/sketchbook (8.25 x 11.75″). Despite my rather huge paper collection, I aspire to have a more minimalist lifestyle (eventually!) and working like this feels particularly right for the summer season.

These analog collages are […]


Found collage art

Here’s a photo of a wild “found collage,” remnants of papers on a telephone pole, taken on Alberta Street, a burgeoning arts district in Portland, Oregon last week.

I’m fascinated with discards, debris, and paper scraps of all kinds — and especially love finding unexpected graphic compositions in urban and outdoor environments.

To see […]


Collage in progress, 3.6.12 (and a nod to surprises)

This photo was taken yesterday after two work sessions on the latest collage. I use a wet process so there is plenty of drying time to consider my next additions. I don't plan the composition in advance but begin with something I like and build from there. Some of the elements that appear now may […]


Process, and considering the reverse on canvas

I've been working on a large canvas that has some acrylic roughly brushed on it to respond to with my collage additions.

The back of the canvas (above) has been interesting to me. Typically I work on wood panels so seeing how the papers are adhering to the canvas has been fun. The dotted […]


Big possibilities

"Brilliant" and "Verdant giclees. © 2011, Janice McDonald.

I'm beginning to experiment with enlarging selected collages for reproduction as giclee prints. Here is a photo of the first two giclees that have sold, now residing in a Houston living room. I was delighted to see how well they translated from the original collages, "Brilliant" and […]


Incoming: playing with daily discoveries

Several times a day I find oddball bits and pieces* that I want to play with… and these elements most often don’t relate to the larger collages in process. So, I’ve been experimenting with some free form collage compositions on lined banana paper, which has been coated front and back with acrylic medium, to add […]


Finis: subject to interpretation

Several people have asked to see the final piece that emerged from the work I wrote about in an earlier “Chaos of collage composition” blog post.

Here’s a better view of the collage I eventually titled, “Subject to Interpretation.” Once I cleared away the chaos, it had seemed complete.

I submitted it to Spark […]


The chaos of collage composition

Took this photo of my current work in progress yesterday. It’s hard to tell where the collage begins and all the intriguing bits of paper end. For scale, the wood panel I’m working on is 10 x 10 x 1″… so there are lots of little elements being considered, set aside, ripped further, reconsidered, […]



Here's a photo of another of the large framed collages from recent show. Titled "Juggling," this piece is 36 x 24 inches plus frame, composed of contemporary papers and recycled imagery, built up in layers on a wood base. It's an experiment in balance and composition, in motion.