Mixed Media & Collage

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Lost in the Fire (2020)

20x20, oil on mylar layers

Summer Nights Apart (2020)

20x24, oil on screen

Taken by the Flood (2020)

20x20in, oil on mylar layers

Behind the Curtain (2020)

20x20in, oil and lace curtain

Three Lost Cottages

8x8in

Lost at Sunset

6x6in

Plunge

6x6in

Disappearing

6x6in

Taken by the Storm

6x6in

Fire on the Hill

6x6in

Planet Waters

8x8in

Storm with Full Moon

8x8in

Lost in a Lake

8x8in

Tide Too High

8x8in

Neighbours at Night

8x8in

Dream Home 1

8x8in

Dream Home 2

8x8in

Asylum

8x8in

Home

I started this small series in late 2019 as an experiment in mounting semi-transparent Mylar layers on board. The house shape which is placed under the top layer suggests to me a safe place to live, grow, love and create.
The work soon took on a life of its own reflecting the current stories of historic floods, fires and masses of people seeking asylum. Perhaps the piece Neighbours at Night foretold of the isolation we would experience in 2020.

Birdsong (selected work)

Singing Hedge #1

11x12in, mixed media on mylar

Singing Hedge #2

11x12in, mixed media on mylar

Chrous by the Door

13x16in, mixed media on mylar

Flock by the Gate

13x16in, mixed media on mylar

Crows and Mourning Doves

13x16in, mixed media on mylar

Crows Interrupted

13x16in, mixed media on mylar

Two Nests #1

12x11in, mixed media on mylar

Two Nests #2

12x11in, mixed media on mylar

Arbor Chior

16x13in, mixed media on mylar

Chirping Nest

11x12in, mixed media on mylar

Spring Choir

11x12in, mixed media on mylar

Birdsong

(selected work)
My little garden is like a private oasis bordered by a thick barburry hedge and curved flower beds surrounding the bird bath and feeder. It's heavenly to sit in my favourite corner; my book punctuated by the starting and stopping of the singing birds. The hedge can host two or three choirs at once. Other feathered friends call out from on high in surrounding trees. The Bird Song is almost constant; sometimes with loud chatter, tiny chirps, or a solitary melody.
This series of drawings/paintings is a celebration of their gift of song which reminds me that my world is teaming with life.

Go Figure (selected work)

Asleep in the Garden

7x10.5in, mixed media on mylar

Dancing Dreams

14x16in, mixed media on mylar - photography courtesy of RB Flowers

Floating Over The Birdbath

7x10.5in, mixed media on mylar - photography courtesy of RB Flowers

Garden Witness

7x10.5in, mixed media on mylar

I Love My Bathroom

7x10in, mixed media on mylar - photography courtesy of RB Flowers

Off the Wall

16x14in, mixed media and collage on mylar - photography courtesy of RB Flowers

Off the Wall #2

7x10.5in, mixed media on mylar - photography courtesy of RB Flowers

Surrounded by Angela

mixed media on mylar - photography courtesy of RB Flowers

Rhapsody in Blue

7x10.5in, mixed media and collage on mylar - photography courtesy of RB Flowers

Statue Dreaming

10x12in, mixed media on mylar - photography courtesy of RB Flowers

Two Gardens

10x12in, mixed media on mylar

Untitled

16x14in, mixed media and collage on mylar - photography courtesy of RB Flowers

Go Figure

(selected work)
The opportunity to use photographic images of Bruce Flower's figurative sculptures opened a new world of exploration for me. I have long admired Bruce's dedication to his work and his mastery of drawing which is clearly evident in his sculptures. His images capture a moment in time but the emotion they express is far from static. This feeling lead me to free them from their fixed position "on the wall" thus having the figures moving, floating, dancing or flying in a mysterious, spiritual or dreamlike plane of existence. As I studied Bruce's images during the months of work I was more and more deeply touched by the human tenderness and caring he expressed. I was inspired to surround his figures with drawings of joyous, angelic moving figures of my own.

Drawing with Photography (selected work)

Air-borne Pair

4x4in, mixed media and collage

Cloud Gift

4x4in, mixed media and collage

For They That Go Down to the Sea

4x4in, mixed media and collage

Housebound

4x4in, mixed media and collage

In Storm Clouds

4x4in, mixed media and collage

The Voice

4x4in, mixed media and collage

Vacation Memories

4x4in, mixed media and collage

Wave Through My Screen Door

4x4in, mixed media and collage

Drawing with Photography

(selected work)
My use of semi-transparent mylar is central to the layered creations of this series and to my work of the past few years. Drawing the viewer into the mysterious layers creates the experience of searching and discovering something almost out of reach. Photographic images can be seen from under a layer of mylar. Veils of colour and drawing marks on the mylar surface often hide most of the image. The act of erasing, scratching or sanding exposes the hidden images. Reworking often takes place until I intuitively reach a completion.

MEMORIES: China Marker on Photography (selected early work)

Ida's Studio

4x6in

Inside Out #1

4x6in

Inside Out #2

4x6in

Inside Out #3

4x6in

Inside Out #4

4x6in

Marion's Orange Chair

4x6in

Memories #1

4x6in

Memories #5

4x6in

Memories #7

4x6in

Memories #8

4x6in

Memories #19

4x6in

Memories - Two of a Kind

4x6in

Memories - Alone

4x6in

White Sheet #1

4.5x4in

White Sheet #2

4.5x4in

MEMORIES: China Marker on Photography

(selected early work)
I began this series of tiny "intimate', work because I found myself for a time without my studio space but not without a strong desire to continue making art that leads me to myself.
The combination of china marker drawing on my own colour prints has been fascinating to explore because I am intrigued by all types of mixed media and because I could include representational elements of patterns and my favourite things to look at and still satisfy my desire to spontaneously search with scribbles.
Although most of the objects photographed were not with me in childhood, something mysterious about them and the finished drawings, has almost tapped memories from some other time.