Composed landscapes

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.Collage work in progress… the usual paper mayhem ensues!

Reveling in the changes


Crabapple Geranium Silhouetteleaves After returning from a inspiring business retreat last week, I have been reveling in the unusually warm weather and the gorgeous bright colors in our neighborhood. Yesterday was probably the last day of walking the dog without the need for a cozy sweater (or considerably more layers) for quite a long time. So we made it a good long trek!

Thought you might enjoy seeing some of the colors and textures that I'm finding inspiring as the seasons change. Soon my surroundings will become much more delineated and stark... I believe snow is in the forecast for tonight!

Nature is providing interesting parallels to some of the changes I'm considering making in my work as well. More on that as it becomes clear.