Thursday, March 6, 2014

Stained Paper Collage - Day 3

For day 3 of the stained paper collage workshop with Gerald Brommer we moved on to more realistic paintings. He told us to work on whatever we normally paint, or anything we would like to do, but use the same collage ideas for that subject. Since I usually paint landscapes that was the first thing I planned to do. I brought along a batch of photos of assorted subjects I thought I would like to do in collage...I probably had about 15 photos from locations, some photos of paintings I had done, and a few small paintings I had done. It was decision time.

I decided to do the Senaque Abbey in Provence that I had visited when we were in France. At the time of year we visited the lavender fields were no longer in bloom, and I was so disappointed. I brought reference photos I had taken of the building and copies of paintings I had done of lavender fields at home. I put them together. This collage is 11 x 15 and took most of the day to complete. As certain stages the collage has to dry before you can add details in the form of paint or ink.

Here is the painting the way it looked partway through.

And here is the finished collage.

I also started a second painting that I will show you tomorrow. 

Today here in Myrtle Beach, SC we had clouds in the morning and rain all day long. Luckily we are inside working and only need to run from the conference center across about 20 feet to the restaurant for meals. The rain did hold off long enough this morning for us to walk on the beach before breakfast. Again because of the clouds there weren't any good colors at sunrise, but at least today there was a touch of pink in the sky if you look closely.


  1. Your collage painting looks amazing, Joan. I don't know how you do it!

  2. You are creating some beautiful masterpieces Joan! I love yesterday's flowers too! It looks like a great exercise to break it down to shapes and I love the colors you are using!

  3. This is super stunning Joan! Love the purples!

  4. gorgeous... I LOVE it

  5. This looks great Joan. At first I thought it was one of your paintings, I think you have painted a similair view before. Lovely work.

  6. Thanks, Ai!

    Jacqui - You are right. I did a similar one without the abbey at a lavender field near where I live. I used that as a reference.