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Drawing to collage

Some Friday pencil drawings developed into collage over the course of a weekend in the studio. Below is a selection of hand-cut paper collages and a few digital works.

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Wanderings around imagined topography

From a series of small hand-made collages made using Clairefontaine Naturel, Gris and Canford coloured papers combined with ink drawn imaginary contour map topographic details (All A4 21×29.7cm in size). Some individual journeys, wandering across imaginary landscapes.

Rift (2022 / A4 21x29cm)
Tarn (2022 / A4 21x29cm)
Uplands (2022 / A4 21x29cm)
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Cut Paper Collage

Three more works in new series of abstract cut-paper collages are developing in neutral tones, with an earthy palette. Making use of Clairefontaine Naturel, Gris and Canford coloured papers, these works are mostly A4 size.

New Framework (2022 / A4 21x29cm)
Awaken (2022 / A4 21x29cm)
The White Sea (2022 / A4 21x29cm)
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Abstract Paper Cutting

A new series of abstract cut-paper collages are developing in natural tones, with a pastel palette. Making use of Clairefontaine Naturel, Gris and Canford coloured papers, the works are mostly A4 /A3 size.

Displacement (2022 / A4 21x29cm)
Litmus Test (2022 / A4 21x29cm)
Oast (2022 / A4 21x29cm)
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New Life – New Year

Three new collage works for the New Year: ‘Fields of Attraction’. Colourful building blocks of life coalesce, developing into a single celled organism that proceeds to divide and replicate itself.

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Scissor – cut

Our Dover Print & Drawing Club meetings (online via zoom since the 1st lock-down) are the perfect opportunity to relax amongst friends and create. There is no need to leave the house, hurry to a particular venue, or transport heavy materials; everything falls easily to hand within the comfort of the home studio.

Last Monday, after a full-on day, the evening club meeting presented an opportunity to chill for a while and explore shapes without any preconceived ideas. I usually cut collages with a medical scalpel, but this time I decided to just cut some paper with an ordinary pair of steel hand scissors, and see what might happen. Finding that I was enjoying the uneven line of each cut, I began layering the cut paper rather akin to a manual desktop form of Photoshop, moving shapes around before pausing some designs by holding the various elements in place with small strips removable tape. The four examples below had evolved in a similar manner, before settling upon their current form and paper finally fixed in place with permanent adhesive.

Litmus – paper collage 20x30cm
Dark Zone – paper collage 20x30cm
Chicane – paper collage 20x30cm
Gradient – paper collage 20x22cm