i love art with horizon lines. i have a pinterest board with nothing but painted horizon lines. a quick scroll through it refreshes me in the same way that twenty minutes of meditation can. the more minimal the abstraction, the more calming the effect. culminating in Mark Rothko paintings, who for me achieved the purest expression of all.

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in this series i was inspired by matisse’s paper cut outs, in particular, the simplicity of his shapes and compositions. i wanted to work with paper cut outs and challenge myself to strive for a similar simplicity.

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in this series i was inspired by modern quilt designs. i saw something similar on pinterest, where the colored stripe was actually embroidered over a patchwork of linen squares. i made the backgrounds by crumpling bits of scrap paper and dipping them in watered down bowl of india ink. the bright stripes are simply cut up paper painted with acrylic paints and attached with uhu glue adhesive.

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a series of collages made with cut up pages of magazine pages. these were actually a team effort between my 18 year old daughter, eva, and myself. she paged through magazines cutting strips of whatever caught her eye, and made color-sorted piles on the table for me to choose from. i selected, composed, and glued. and glued. and glued.  

made with heavy stock watercolor paper for mounting, and lots of uhu glue adhesive

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i am big believer in happy accidents when it comes to daily art practices such as this collage-a-day challenge. for example, in this series i had painted up an old kitchen towel with acrylic paints intending to cut shapes of  bottles, bowls, and cups to make a series of  tabletop still life collages. in the end, the bleed through on the back side of the kitchen cloth was far more interesting than my more deliberate effort on the front side. 

paper, acrylic paint, and kitchen linen on 300 gsm watercolor paper

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