Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Dark Cliffs, Red & Violet Rockscape

Dark Cliffs, Red & Violet Rockscape

Acrylic collage

I began this abstract collage without a thumbnail sketch, but by choosing a variety of colors from my hand-painted acrylic papers. Some of my newer papers were painted with a bristle brush instead of using the brayer to roll and blend the pigments. I liked the brush marks on the paper which adds some new textures. When rolling out the pigments with a brayer, the tendency is more thick layers of paint and variegated colors.

With acrylics there are many different ways of applying the colors and I have been experimenting with different techniques to expand the finished result. Most of the time I have used an X-Acto knife to cut the shapes, or scissors. This time I decided to tear the papers, resulting in a nice, white edge. It adds a linear design to the shapes. The largest shape here is one of dioxazine purple, a nice dark value. I read somewhere that if you limit your design to twelve different shapes, it makes for a stronger design. Easier said than done.

I continue adding shapes and re-arranging them until the composition looks right to me. This is an intuitive result of many years of drawing, composing and painting and it seems to come easy to me. I use a glue stick to temporarily paste them in place — and continue the process of editing.About halfway through gluing, I decided a few smaller circular shapes would improve my design. These were also torn into circles — not perfect ones — and I added dots of yellow and red paint on these. It took a while to decide on placement. Sometimes it is easier to drop them from above and let them fall wherever they end up. After adding the circles I decided they were a bit much, popping out at the viewer, and covered them up. In the end I decided it was better to uncover them.

Collage is a very forgiving medium. Because I work with a thinner paper to begin with, the end result appears to be painted and seamless not a conglomeration of uneven pasted  papers. I feel this is a successful design because it is bright and bold and it has a strong value pattern.

Posted in More Artwork on April 5, 2017.

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