this series is inspired by the work of american collage artist raymond saá.

i gave a sneak peak of this new series of collages on instagram a little while ago. and, wow, people loved it. it is so easy to do: paint some pages in a gradient of saturation, cut them into little strips or squares, and glue them in shingled rows to a stiff watercolor paper. if that sounds too irksome, i will have these for sale eventually.

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dawn of a new era: introducing STILL “dawn”

for calendar year 2017, i have accepted a personal challenge of making one collage a day. to keep myself honest, but also keep the project fun, i have formalized my collage-a-day challenge with a set of rules specific enough to help me focus, but loose enough to allow me to play. here are the rules I have put in place: make 1 collage per day for 1 year, pick 1 style each week and make 7 variations, share the best 6 each week on social media, revisit earlier styles only if there is a new twist.

i hope you check back here regularly. i will be adding six new collages a week for the rest of 2017.

affectionately,
mary jo

  • Heather H. says:

    Congrats, Mary Jo! I’ve followed and loved your work for years and so admire your motivation to grow as an artist and try new things. I can’t wait to see this Dawn space grow, and I’m already thrilled by the Night. Good for you, great for us. And that shop can’t open soon enough.

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    • Thank you Heather! (I also sent you a quick email.)

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  • Beautiful work to kick off 2017, congratulations Mary Jo! The black backgrounds look fantastic and the collage work is a brave new area for creative expression. Full of admiration for your creative disciplines and the wonderful fruit they bear. I’ll be looking out for opportunities to use (purchase) your work.
    All the best, Matthew

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