This weekend brought a wintry surprise to the neighborhood landscape.
Glittering ice coated all the trees and a light snow fell. Just enough to create some winter beauty without the hazardous road conditions. It made for a chilly but beautiful morning walk with Holly. I was very excited for the opportunity to include snow in this week’s collage. I envisioned the collage as a kind of pictorial map of our walking route. I wanted to include a bird’s eye view of the neighborhood, while also offering a more intimate view of our experience together when we stop at her favorite spot, listen to the birds, allow the world to fall away, and watch the woods come alive in the unfolding present. Here is the completed piece:
I was so enthralled with painting the snowy landscape, that I chose to use fewer collage elements this week. The trees and landscape are all painted with acrylic paint and gel mediums. I experimented with thick layers of gel, then scraped into the paint with stiff brushes, creating an engraved “drawing” in paint. The houses were again created by using my son’s Lego piece as a stamp. I used collage elements to populate the landscape with birds and woodland creatures. Many small drawings of mice, squirrels, deer, birds and owls were tucked in among the trees and branches. I also included Holly and myself in the form of a tiny ink drawing that was cut out with a blade and glued onto our special place on the map. Here is a detail of my favorite part:
Sneak preview of Week 4: A special visitor is coming…!