When I started being cutting up my children about 8 years ago, I didn’t have the right word to describe the difference between what I was doing and collage. I ended up stealing the term ‘refracturing’ from quilters, who apparently also sometimes cut up their children, and call my technique ‘refractured watercolor’.
The bucket list item was to introduce that word to the language in the context of painted art. I say specifically painted art because it’s already in the quilting world and if I suggest to some of my fellow artists who work in quilting that their work is not art, I would needfully be corrected.
This month’s Kolaj magazine has an item discussing my use of the word as part of the taxonomy of collage.
Yesterday afternoon during the post-lunch-pre-dinner lull, we took over one of the rooms at Eight4Nine in Palm Springs and held a watercolor collage workshop. (The other half of the ‘we’ is Rick of Incredible Art Center.) A couple of attendees didn’t show which made it a class of five, three of whom weren’t sure about their creativity levels. We fixed that! Here are some of the results.
Tom, Dylan with first collage, Laura.
Dylan with second collage, Jim and AJ.
Just about every time I do a watercolor collage workshop, someone (usually someone who thought they weren’t terribly creative) does something that no one else has done before. This time it was Jim who wanted a cow as an item on his collage. He like to cook and is collecting food or food-source related art for his kitchen. After creating his background, he wanted to put a cow-head shaped foreground piece and needed help drawing a cow. I’ve actually never drawn one, but after a couple tries came up with an outline that he was happy with. Additionally, he painted the face and shadow items on with watercolor after. All the students were so engrossed in what they were doing, we delayed the delicious appetizers until the end of the class.
Serendipity struck earlier in the week when a couple of ladies who were rv camping at nearby Johnson’s Landing discovered on the internet that I hold art classes and called up to see what the options might be. Well, they were interested in the “Beginning painting” class that I had planned on running in Borrego Springs that day, but hadn’t had any students. But, seeing as there is enough space in my living room to hold a small class, and there were only two of them, they came on Thursday to spend the day learning a lot of basics, and to do a little practice in between some of the theories. It’s the first time I’ve taught this class and I was working from my crib sheet a little, but the timing of the class worked out just as I’d planned for a one-day intensive class. I’ll also be offering this class as a series of four 2-2.5 hour classes in La Quinta next month so I was able to see where I need to make a couple of adjustments to divide the class up more evenly into four.
Putting together almost everything we’ve learned in one painting.
Of course I got so involved in enjoying teaching the class I didn’t think to take a photo until they were on the last exercise. But after a long afternoon and evening in Yuma, it was really nice to be able to work in my slippers!