This is my first attempt at a multi~media collage ~ constructed during my ‘lets go with the flow and see where it leads us’ phase.
I had a rough idea of what I’d like to create, but didn’t know if the various materials would work together ~ would metal washers stick to canvas, for example; how would different media inter~act? Without a definite plan I focused on one section at a time, allowing the design to emerge organically over a period of months.
As a try~out piece I’m happy with it ~ now I understand my lovely husband when he says that some of his early paintings are more about trying out a particuar technique than creating a perfect picture.
There are parts of it that I’d do differently ~ if I ever made another one like this. Not that I’m intending to just yet ~ there are far too many other interesting avenues to explore and I’m champing at the bit to get stuck in. But I’ve taken on board the lessons that this one taught me so my next attempt won’t be quite so…serendipitous. It’s tricky balancing order with spontanaiety.
A backstory began to emerge and as I worked I imagined a intrepid Victorian explorer (the Brave Soul.) He’s returning from a long and sometimes perilous sea voyage, heading towards the land where his true love awaits.
Cliched and Romantic maybe ~ but that’s the reason why I call this piece ~ Homeward Bound.