Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Collage goes social action

This collage has been making me feel nauseated for the last month! Well, it really wasn't the collage. It was the 3 weeks of antibiotic I took for a weird bacteria found in my sinuses and then the week of prednisone I took for a bad asthma exacerbation.  The worst is over I hope. I'm  breathing fine now but still shaking too much to actually paint. So I decided to try a bit more cutting and pasting. 

For years I have been wanting to make a statement about the unnecessary use of individual plastic water bottles in Canada. Unlike some third world countries where the water will really make you sick, our tap water is almost always safe and clean. But the manufacturers convince us to buy water in flashy plastic bottles anyway. The problem isn't the water. It's basically just tap water. There is a problem with the waste of money - but it's people choice I guess. The problem that worries me is the bottles. Most water bottles don't get recycled and end up everywhere - like ubiquitous plastic bags. They quickly deteriorate into tiny pieces of plastic - bad and totally unnecessary pollution. 

Feeling well enough to think about final touches to the collage, I suddenly had a creative moment. I remembered the cut out plastic water bottle I had been keeping on my desk - hoping to add to a painting one day. This would be the perfect setting. I made a few more cut outs from a website - then taped them on to try it out. "Kandinsky with Plastic."

I still need to touch up some of paint, glue the bottles properly and varnish the whole thing. Maybe tomorrow if the shaking stops. Then I think it will be done and I can start something new. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Collage being varnished

I think I have finished my collage. I have touched it up, given it a pink glaze and a yellow glaze, added a few fake jewels, painted the edges carbon black, signed it modestly and applied the first coat of acrylic varnish. I'm unsure if I like it but will finish vanishing and call it "Collage with green dots."