Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Out On A Limb: 20

© Out On A Limb: 20 (2012)
mixed-media collage: antique illustration
 (Birds of New York, Vol. 2, New York State Museum, 1914);
 recycled catalog covers and wrapping paper; watercolor; ink; marker; 
acrylic sealer; acrylic varnish. 6" x 6" on birch panel. $85 (SOLD)
Talk about a struggle. Aieeee. The stormy main section of the background was created with the intention of using another pair of birds - one color, one black-and-white - and some text. I cut, repositioned, painted, cut some more, colored, repositioned again. But it wasn't working. So I set it aside and continued other collages in the series.

Then, I came across these cool falcons perched on rocks. Perfect. After additional background layers and a fair amount of painting on both the rocks and feathers, it was finished. The absence of leaves and trees makes it a departure from the rest of the series - and although it is numbered 20, it was completed after 24.

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