Sunday, November 7, 2010

Collaborative Art

Last year, Cory and I decided to do a collaborative art project. We each painted a canvas and then traded with the intent of finishing each other's work and exchanging them again. I, um, had a little trouble.

This is the original canvas that Cory painted. I started by adding words with a black pen. That didn't look great, so I covered up the words with splotches of white paint. That made it look even worse, so I layered thin pieces of tissue paper on it. With each attempt to fix it, the piece looked more and more awful. Frustrated and unsure what to do, I considered calling Cory and telling her I just couldn't do it.


I ended up hanging in there and eventually it started to take shape. I used gel medium to attach small pieces of paper layered with dried leaves and flowers, and then added two flowers using the handmade paper I made at Cory's house in Grass Valley last summer. Before we exchanged our artwork I sent her an email explaining that I messed up her canvas so badly that it lost the original look. She was gracious about it, but I felt really bad.

Cory assured me she likes it and posed for a picture on my patio. Check out her blog, Pink Dogwood Blossom, to see the gorgeous collage she made for me.

9 comments:

Theresa said...

Well, even though the original art changed... it sure turned out beautifully, just like the person you made it for! You are both so special to me! Have a blessed Monday! HUGS!

Rachel said...

I like it! No, it doesn't resemble the original piece at all, but it's still a work of art and I'm sure Dogwood is very pleased with it.

Dogwood said...

This was such a fun art project to do together with Stacy. I really love the way she layered the background and ended with flowers from the paper we made together. Fun project and I love my art piece from Stacy.

Have fun creating...
Cory/Dogwood

Jane said...

What a fun way to get your creativity going. I love both pieces!

PunkiePie said...

Very nice! It came together in the end.

PunkiePie said...

Very nice! It came together in the end.

Dogwood said...

It is me again.
Just had to tell you how much I LOVE and ADORE your new banner.
Well done.

Dogwood

PS The owlet was looking out of the owl house this morning. So cute.

Suz said...

you know ...it is really beautiful
screw up more often

Susan Gallacher-Turner and Michael Turner said...

I think some of my best pieces started out as really 'big' mistakes.

I like your layered collage and it's ok that it really changed because maybe it reflects more of you, right?