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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Torn Paper Collage Workshop ~ Granbury TX ~ Portrait Collage by Texas Daily Painter Nancy Standlee

Brad "Peace"
24x18 Torn Paper Portrait Collage NFS

This was my demo in the Graham Collage workshop and I finished it to show in the November 29 and 30, 2011 2 day portrait collage workshop for the Lake Granbury Art Association. It is a personal collage of my oldest son, Brad giving his favorite photo look, the peace sign. The photo was taken about 10 years ago at a July 4 fireworks celebration and has always been a family favorite photo of him. He is a rugged guy and works outside in the heat and cold and it took several tries to get a pleasing skin tone. For a personal collage I added a photo of his work truck and family members names. I emailed and asked if he would send me some info, like what is your favorite color, food, song, etc. Not one to divulge information he shot me back a text with "red, hamburgers, and "For the Good Times". OK brief and to the point without explanation or additional info. 
When doing a family portrait, I got welcomed responses from other family and friends  like "his nose needs a bump, his lips are too red, make his sideburns darker, and his fingers are too short". Some of these I heeded but the fingers were foreshortened and I didn't rework. I think it is helpful to listen to and weigh suggestions and most of the suggestions were used and I feel like it's a more successful collage because of the hints.

For the Granbury workshop demo I worked on a 18x24 of Brad's daughter, Meaghen, that I will post when it's finished. We had 11 students to attend and they did some amazing work and seemed to enjoy the process. Below is a slideshow of some of their pieces and all are in different stages of completion. 

Door Prizes:
I love giving out door prizes at my workshops and do thank Peggi Kroll Roberts for 4 DVD's about oil painting and Kelly Powers from Creative Catalyst with 2 mixed media DVD's by Ann Baldwin that they so graciously shared with some of my lucky students.  I've signed up for a January Peggi Kroll Roberts workshop in California in OIL?? I don't paint in oil but that's another blog post.
Creative Catalyst is also encouraging artists to stay motivated and painting during the holidays with their Holiday Paint Out. Read about it HERE and join up to keep creating during the holidays and be entered in a contest to win Anne Bagby's new January DVD. If you like any kind of collage, Anne Bagby has two DVD's available that are excellent on painting and designing papers. See Anne's DVD's HERE. I'm entering asap. CCP is also having a buy 2 and get the third DVD free until Dec. 5. These are excellent instructional DVD's from both Peggi Roberts and Creative Catalyst.

Slideshow of the Granbury Collage Workshop and I'm sorry I failed to get a student's photo that had to leave early. Remember some of these works are not finished.


Granbury Collage Workshop - slideshows

See my blog post to read about door prizes and artist opportunities.

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4 comments:

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

I really enjoy your collages. Though I could never attend one of your workshops I can tell they would be so much fun :).
Stay inspired!

Nancy Standlee said...

Thanks Michelle, Your comments mean a lot to me and help keep me inspired.

Cindy said...

I love your new collage Nanc. It looks just like your son.

Nancy Standlee said...

Thanks so much Cindy for saying that. It is difficult when trying to get a likeness so glad you recognize the boy!! And wish you a great Christmas.