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And yet another… Salvaged Elements exhibition

Collage on flattened soapbox awaiting framing.

I’ve loved working on the ThroughLines series of collages and plan to extend that thinking to more work eventually but, for now, I’ve returned to working with ideas generated from the “Unboxed” collage series that debuted in a 2016 exhibition.

This next show is coming up fast so […]


Studio re-do

The old family room… now officially integrated into the overall studio space.

Like a glacier, I’ve slowly been creeping into adjacent spaces at home to expand the studio… it now includes all the original studio space (that I used to share with my husband), plus the family room, and extends to the back porch […]


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 […]


Keeping things glued together…

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

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Recapping… “To EXPAND” at the Madden Museum

Stretching out in the studio, September 2012.

I spent a good portion of my studio time this year experimenting with how I could make bigger work after I was asked to participate in an exhibition at the Madden Museum. Six artists met with director Hillary Reed, toured and considered the venue, then decided that […]


Collage in progress, update

At left is an interim photo of the collage in progress that I began posting about here.

Below is the collage when almost finished… at this point the collage in progress will sit in the studio, as I work on others, so I can study it and consider any other possible additions.

I've already added a […]


The beauty of raw materials

I'm working on an idea for a collage that will involve a lot of kraft/corrugated papers so I spent part of the day deconstructing a large Milk Bone® Dog Biscuit box. Taking it apart, then peeling apart the layers to the degree that I can, yielded a gorgeous stack of curling papers […]



This is a detail from a collage that I've recently finished for my upcoming exhibition, "Composed," opening at Spark Gallery on April 1st. I've done some very neutral pieces and some intensely bright pieces (maybe the influence of the approach of spring?)… and am finalizing all the details of the show itself.

Postcards arrived […]


Big ideas, plans for 2011

I've made a commitment to spend more time on creative pursuits in 2011. Here's what I'm thinking about as the new year begins…


A few days ago I began gluing paper onto the largest collage support I've ever worked on — four feet by three feet! The photo shows the beginning of the […]


Out of clutter find simplicity… collage debris

Finishing my Rip/Tear show has been a whirlwind. My studio space is still not recovered and I’m acknowledging that I desperately need to de-clutter in preparation for new work. (Tomorrow!)

Collage, by its very nature, requires a certain amount of debris to accumulate as potential materials are stockpiled… then again as pieces are […]