And this is the finished "painting" which has no painting at all in it, just collage and pen. It is 8" x 10", so not large. I started with the 3 trees and made them part of the "dark pathway" through the painting. The trees represent the giant Sequoias from which the "Nation's Christmas Tree City" gets its title.
I added more black to connect the trees to the sides of the painting and to direct the viewer's eyes through the painting. The "You are here" is a little joke, I guess, and there are a lot of hidden elements throughout the painting, taken from a recent copy of the Sanger Herald, our weekly newspaper.
Here are some of the little "secrets" in the painting:
|Sanger Unified School District's contact information|
|The Sanger Herald's contact information|
|"Sanger" title, split apart|
|Sliver of SHS Basketball team schedules|
|Detail of the 3 trees|
And, once again, the completed painting, bigger this time! When I started out with the wild collage background/under"painting", I thought this would be one of the weakest paintings in the series of 30 or more, but it surprised me! I think it's one of the better ones. :) And I had fun doing it. I actually like it a lot when I do NOT know what's next--I like the mystery of letting each piece I glue down guide me to the next piece to glue down. No drawing, no planning, really, just a "jump in and see what happens" sort of approach. Of course, I can move things around until I glue them down and that's exactly what I do--I "audition" each piece in a variety of places until I find the one that my intuition tells me is the right place. And then I glue it down and select and audition the next one. :)