Today, I present you photos of four collages made at the end of the summer from hand-painted paper and I also take the opportunity to talk about the plus and cons of this technique to see more clearly if I want to continue or not in that direction.

My solo show is ended and I’m now experiencing a period of research, slowly transitioning toward something else. I take time to try new techniques and work differently to get out of my comfort zone and develop new skills and knowledge. I hope that this period of discoveries will show me the way toward my next series of artworks.

Cette touche d’espoir (This Touch of Hope)

Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard.
9 x 12. in (22,9 x 30,5 cm). August 2018.

"Cette touche d'espoir" (This Touch of Hope) Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard. 9 x 12. in (22,9 x 30,5 cm). August 2018. © 2018, Louise Lamirande.

“Cette touche d’espoir” (This Touch of Hope)
Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard.
9 x 12. in (22,9 x 30,5 cm).
August 2018.
© 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-ups from the previous collage

Close-up for the collage : "Cette touche d'espoir" (This Touch of Hope) Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard. August 2018. © 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up for the collage: “Cette touche d’espoir” (This Touch of Hope)
Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard.
August 2018.
© 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up for the collage : "Cette touche d'espoir" (This Touch of Hope) Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard. August 2018. © 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up for the collage: “Cette touche d’espoir” (This Touch of Hope)
Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard.
August 2018.
© 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up for the collage : "Cette touche d'espoir" (This Touch of Hope) Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard. August 2018. © 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up for the collage: “Cette touche d’espoir” (This Touch of Hope)
Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard.
August 2018.
© 2018, Louise Lamirande.

What I Liked

  • I liked to spontaneously paint the paper used for the collages.  My main interest was in textures.
  • The limited color palette and the use of black helped me focus on composition, contrast and texture effects.
  • I also liked playing with transparency and the superposition of paper layers.
  • The collage was assembled with acrylic gel medium, drying time is very fast allowing me to move to the next stage in a few hours or less.

Le sommet rouge (The Red Peak)

Paper, acrylic, India ink, oil paint and beeswax on cardboard.
9 x 12. in (22,9 x 30,5 cm). August 2018.

"Le sommet rouge" (The Red Peak) Paper, acrylic, India ink, oil paint and beeswax on cardboard. 9 x 12. in (22,9 x 30,5 cm). August 2018. © 2018, Louise Lamirande.

“Le sommet rouge” (The Red Peak)
Paper, acrylic, India ink, oil paint and beeswax on cardboard.
9 x 12. in (22,9 x 30,5 cm).
August 2018.
© 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-ups from the previous collage

Close-up for the collage: "Le sommet rouge" (The Red Peak) Paper, acrylic, India ink, oil paint and beeswax on cardboard. August 2018. © 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up for the collage: “Le sommet rouge” (The Red Peak)
Paper, acrylic, India ink, oil paint and beeswax on cardboard.
August 2018.
© 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up for the collage: "Le sommet rouge" (The Red Peak) Paper, acrylic, India ink, oil paint and beeswax on cardboard. August 2018. © 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up for the collage: “Le sommet rouge” (The Red Peak)
Paper, acrylic, India ink, oil paint and beeswax on cardboard.
August 2018.
© 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up for the collage: "Le sommet rouge" (The Red Peak) Paper, acrylic, India ink, oil paint and beeswax on cardboard. August 2018. © 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up for the collage: “Le sommet rouge” (The Red Peak)
Paper, acrylic, India ink, oil paint and beeswax on cardboard.
August 2018.
© 2018, Louise Lamirande.

What Annoyed Me

  • Collage (at least in the way I did it) requires a more thoughtful and planned creative process than the one I usually enjoy. I admit that I quickly found it difficult not to be able to act as spontaneously and intuitively as usual. I felt that my sense of freedom was hindered and the feel of freedom is probably the main reason I’m doing art. Of course, the collage allows some spontaneity, but I find it is more limited than with other mediums. As an example, if I change my mind and decide to add more paper layers to lighten the sky, it quickly becomes thicker than the mountain. It would not matter if the subject is abstract, but in the case of a landscape, it doesn’t make sense.
  • Every little piece of paper becomes precious. Impossible to throw it away, it could be exactly what I need for my next collage! Keeping all these pieces of paper unfortunately takes a lot of storage space. Otherwise, I may find myself quickly buried in my small art studio.
  • These pieces of paper fly away easily and are found everywhere in the studio. I’m not one of those who have an ultra-clean and tidy workspace, but there are some limits I do not want to go over.

Le domaine des dieux (Gods’ Domain)

Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard.
9 x 12. in (22,9 x 30,5 cm). August 2018.

"Le domaine des dieux" (Gods' Domain) Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard. 9 x 12. in (22,9 x 30,5 cm). August 2018. © 2018, Louise Lamirande.

“Le domaine des dieux” (Gods’ Domain)
Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard.
9 x 12. in (22,9 x 30,5 cm).
August 2018.
© 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-ups from the previous collage

Close-up from: "Le domaine des dieux" (Gods' Domain) Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard. August 2018. © 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from: “Le domaine des dieux” (Gods’ Domain)
Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard.
August 2018.
© 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from: "Le domaine des dieux" (Gods' Domain) Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard. August 2018. © 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from: “Le domaine des dieux” (Gods’ Domain)
Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard.
August 2018.
© 2018, Louise Lamirande.

La protectrice (The Protector)

Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard.
9 x 12. in (22,9 x 30,5 cm). August 2018.

"La protectrice" (The Protector) Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard. 9 x 12. in (22,9 x 30,5 cm). August 2018. © 2018, Louise Lamirande.

“La protectrice” (The Protector)
Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard.
9 x 12. in (22,9 x 30,5 cm).
August 2018.
© 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-ups from the previous collage

Close-up from: "La protectrice" (The Protector) Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard. August 2018. © 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from: “La protectrice” (The Protector)
Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard.
August 2018.
© 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from: "La protectrice" (The Protector) Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard. August 2018. © 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from: “La protectrice” (The Protector)
Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard.
August 2018.
© 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from: "La protectrice" (The Protector) Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard. August 2018. © 2018, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from: “La protectrice” (The Protector)
Paper, acrylic, India ink and beeswax on cardboard.
August 2018.
© 2018, Louise Lamirande.

And Now?

Now, I have to choose between two options : change the way I do collage to reduce or eliminate my dissatisfaction and increase my pleasure when I create with this technique or choose to move on and do something else.

So? … For now, I keep the door open …

Thanks for your visit and see you soon,

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