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It Was Ever Thus (But A Bit Different)

Number 27 of 50 Collages Before Christmas is “It Was Ever Thus (But A Bit Different)“. I suppose it’s from my Tidelines work and has its root in my local Jurassic Coast, especially Charmouth, but these juxtapositions have become continual […]

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progress

Progress is good.  The Simalcrum series is about halfway through now. And interaction with students is good. Earlier this week one of the students I had met earlier came in to discuss our attendance patterns and use of the vacuum […]

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After Meeting At Michael’s It Was Mayhem

I said I may not be able to post while I’m away but I thought it would be good to make an effort so here is After Meeting At Michael’s It Was Mayhem, number 25 of 50 Collages Before Christmas. […]

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Number 24 and a little update

Just in case anyone is actually following my progress on this little 50 Collages Before Christmas project, I want to assure you that all is going fine. I have been steadily working on multiple pieces a the same time but […]

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Mixing It With Maurice In The Morning

The quality of photographs for this project is mostly pretty poor and Mixing It With Maurice In The Morning, 23/50 Collages Before Christmas, is one of the worst. I haven’t got the time – or at present with collages in […]

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“Lao’s Time”

Apart from two pieces cut from a catalogue, the materials of this are my drawing and painting on to various materials – either recycling other work that didn’t work or made especially for collage. The title for 22/50 Collages Before […]

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“Making Up For Lost Time”

Another direction and style for number 21, Making Up For Lost Time, using mostly my photography plus a bit of created acrylic texture complimented by found graphic material. Yes the bees are mine too!

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“Gone The Days Of Rainbows”

The 20th of 50 Collages Before Christmas is “Gone The Days Of Rainbows”, a minimalist offering that harks back to collage work that I did a couple of years back in the way of studies for large paintings that I […]

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“Two Blacks Don’t Make A White”

The title of this piece, “Two Blacks Don’t Make A White”, apart from it’s playful aspect, is purely descriptive. It is not so noticable in this reproduction, but the upper and lower forms are subtly different blacks. The upper shape […]

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“Nobody Knew The Cure”

I wasn’t sure where this one (18/50 Collages Before Christmas) was going for a while and the photograph of one of my erasure drawings in progress kept prompting me to erase or redact it all! Nevertheless I kept pretty much […]

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“Sometimes There’s Very Little Point”

Sometimes There’s Very Little Point and sometimes you just have to be bold and slosh paint on expensive, fine handmade paper and then cut it up and splosh paste all over it, risking tearing it, and stick it on something […]

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“Beginner’s Mind”

Here’s what happens when the first idea doesn’t work. In most cases when I start a piece of work I have a pretty good idea of what I want to achieve and how the finished piece will look. Sure there […]

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“I’ll Find You In A Minute Or Two”

I wonder if my love for simple, minimal and uncluttered artwork is as much a message to self that it is time to tidy up my life as it is a symptom of my time spent in graphic design or […]

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“Did you mean that?”

The 14th piece in the project is “Did you mean that?” It features some of my favourite themes: a rook; black and white; a grid; and symbols. In this case the symbols are wingdings I set out on a grid. […]

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Can’t Compare

I am getting confused. I know I published a post on this piece last night but it seems to have disappeared. Like the post on number 10 it will probably reappear and I will have a duplicate! There always comes […]

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“They Had No Right”

A bit of a different direction for “They Had No Right” number 11 of 50 Collages Before Christmas, although people familiar with my #Collage365 project would recognise the style and direction. The photograph bottom right is a detail from one […]

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Didn’t We Believe We Were Something?

I have been busy with making more work and also jobs in the garden so I have been slacking when it comes to posting what I have done on this blog and my site. Number 10, Didn’t We Believe We Were […]

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A double dose today

I finished off a couple of collages to my satisfaction today and there’s another that I’m “sitting with” and may also be finished. Otto Lilienthal makes a return in 8/50 Keep an eye on Otto (above). I have a soft […]

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Don’t play with your memories, dear

I have been busy with other things this week and was keen to get back into the studio yesterday and finish of some of the #Collage50 works in progress – but I started yet another one! Today I finished it […]

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Just in case you were wondering

When I started the project 50 Collages Before Christmas I knew there would be times I would be too busy to guarantee a collage each day so gave myself plenty of leeway. One of those times has been this week […]

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The first in two series

This piece, Abstract Drawings For Dummies I: The Tiny Section of My Soul marks the start of two series of work: Abstract Drawings For Dummies and 50 Collages Before Christmas. I had been adding small sections of collage into my […]

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Number 6 of 50 Collages Before Christmas

I have not used such large sections of my photographs before and it’s been quite a challenge. When I did my #Collage365 project a few years back it was to do a small collage from scratch every day. I settled […]

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You Were Meant To Follow The Plan

Number 5 of 50 Collages before Christmas is “You Were Meant To Follow The Plan”. It harks back to some of the darker collages I did during my #Collage365 project a few years ago, only this one is a lot […]

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