Media choices! Collage or mixed media? Why not try both?

An artist is defined by the medium he chooses! Yes, there are other influences at play, but the medium choice affects the character of his work significantly!

I sometimes envy artist’s who focus on one medium. Shall I do a watercolour or a watercolour! Hmmm! This dilemma probably never occurs. Unless it’s whether to cast caution to the wind… and use Ink and wash!!!!

But as a mixed media artist who likes loves to try new techniques Sometimes it can be difficult to decide which medium to use. Where to I want to go, what message am I trying to convey?

I felt an experiment coming on!

You might have noticed an obsession with Mills? I wanted to recreate a particular photograph. The question was how?

I had a couple of ideas and finally decided to create 2 pictures using different methods but based on the same photograph. This one is a collage based with acrylic paint on top and finished with oil pastel.

©2010 Cathy Read -Warwick Mill - 40.6x50.8cm- mixed media collage on paper

I used various papers from tissue to thick hand made ones. There’s a solid feel to the buildings which is very reassuring. It evokes a sense of permanence, solidity. The building will always be there! Life is secure!

The second was a pencil sketch converted using my usual abstract technique.

©2010 Cathy Read -Warwick Mill - 40.6x50.8cm- mixed media on paper

This is done with masking, watercolour washes and then acrylic inks. Which were applied with an eye dropper. I’ve also used oil pastels on top to pick out the texture of the paper over the road. This one has a more ephemeral feel to it. It suggests a building that is transient, it may already be in the process of being destroyed. There’s an essence of the past, the spirit of people gone before!

So what do you think? Which image do you prefer? Please add a comment, I’d love to hear your views!

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