Sunday, 8 March 2015

Magazine Collage 'Skimming Stones'

I am continually inspired by my wonderful family who beautifully encompass my ethos of capturing precious moments in time. They are my main motivation in pursuing eco friendly practices. This piece was based on a family trip to the beach in Norfolk.

'Skimming Stones' Magazine Collage

The photos I took that day were a little dark and lacked a lot of detail but I managed to put together a composition I was happy with.

Inspiration For 'Skimming Stones'

Inspiration For 'Skimming Stones'

I rearranged the figures into a slightly different composition to those in the photograph. I wanted to capture the position of my husband throwing the stone, my daughters failed attempts (that she enjoyed regardless) and my son's search for the perfect pebbles.

Rough Sketch For 'Skimming Stones'

The previous beach scene I worked on had quite a smooth sandy texture compared to the rough texture I wanted to capture here.

Magazine Collage Vrouwenpolder Beach, The Netherlands

I applied a gradient of sandy coloured pieces of magazines and then covered this with a layer of small cut pieces.

Texture Sand - Small Cut Pieces Of Magazines

The next challenge was to represent the rippling concentric circles as the stones skimmed the water. In this case I felt 'less is more' and so kept this really simple. Adding small pieces of ripped magazines to add the highlights and shadows.

Concentric circles

I feel this collage was a great transitional piece for me as I experimented with new techniques and effects. I find I am putting more and more detail into my work as my experience and confidence with this medium grows.

This piece is currently available, please contact me for details.

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