“Moon” Mixed media collage on cradled board 6×6 inches
I cleaned up my studio yesterday and found little odds and ends that prompted me to put together this little collage. I like the tiny buddha resting beneath a vintage glass watch face, and a fish shaped piece of obsidian on top of a sterling silver fish. I don’t like the hand-lettered brass plate that says “moon,” but looks like “moo”. That really bothers me and I will probably eventually pry it off and replace it. I suppose I could just add a plastic cow, and make it “The cow jumped over the moon” then the “moon – moo” plate would work just fine. Actually in person you can easily read it as “moon,” so it isn’t really that bad! The fun part was using CitraSolv concentrate on a magazine page to create the background. That was fun, but smelly. Not a bad smell, but overpowering after a while. The background still smells faintly of oranges. I had been wanting to try thisfor quite a while, but could never find CitraSolv. My Safeway had it and I immediately bought a bottle and came home and started trying it out on different printed materials. I guess National Geographic is the best, but I didn’t have any of those so I tried it on some junk mail catalogues and it worked pretty good. I also used a small book with slick colorful pages and I found some images made by the CitraSolv that were fascinating, so I brought them out by painting them in with gouache and acrylic. Kind of strange-looking, but that was the image created by CitraSolv on the inked page.
This is about 4×4 inches. The reddish spots in each corner are just ceramic weights to hold it down for photography. I don’t have any meaning for the painting, it was completely on the page after the CitraSolv dried, I just painted it in.
Another CitraSolv with images that appeared after the page was dry. I painted them in with gouache and acrylic. Interesting process.