“Painting with Paper”
Collage is defined as an artistic composition of materials and objects pasted over a surface. People have been making collages (scrapbooks, photo albums, Valentine cards) since the inventions of paper, but collage has come into its own as an art form in the twentieth century thanks to such artists as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.
My choice of material is mainly magazine paper. Two other artists using this medium whose work that I admire are Derek Gores and Vik Muniz.
The title “Painting with Paper” came about as a result of people mistaking the collages for paintings.
It’s not hard to guess Marilyn Weiss’s favourite colour. Just check out her lipstick, her boots, the decor in her home, her collection of paints with names like “Luminous Rose” and “Quinacridone Crimson.” Red shows up in pretty much all of Marilyn’s art works, whether it’s the under-painting of a boreal forest scene, the sky above a Nutana alley, or one of her well-known poppy paintings.
‘Off Broadway Alley’, Acrylic 8 x 16 inches
And speaking of poppies, you might not be surprised to learn that they can be found not only in her paintings, but also in her garden . . . and even on her bed linen.
‘My Garden Poppies’, Oil 16 x 24 inches
Marilyn takes regular sketching trips to northern Saskatchewan and other locations, especially in the fall and spring, her favourite times of the year. The sketches she makes on site serve as a foundation for larger works completed in her studio. In addition to being a founding member of Artists’ Workshop, Marilyn is the best dressed, frequently coordinating her outfits with her paintings (something the rest of us only achieve by getting paint on ourselves).
“How do you decide what to paint?” That question fascinates me. I paint ‘intuitively,’ meaning that when I begin a work, I don’t have a set idea of what I am going to produce; I start painting and see what happens, making choices as the work develops. (I used to say, “I don’t really know what I’m doing, I just begin to paint and trust it will work out somehow,” but I think “painting intuitively” sounds better!)
This first painting is an example of what I’ve ended up with using this process. I certainly didn’t have an image of this in my mind when I began to paint . . . so where did it come from? It looks a bit to me like an aerial view of land masses, oceans and clouds, but others might see something completely different. My best guess is that everything I’ve ever taken in visually is stored somewhere in my brain and when I make art, bits and pieces come out, mixed together in a new form.
‘Map of the Heart’, 24 x 36 inches, Acrylic on TerraSkin
Then last summer, I was introduced to photographs of thin sections of rocks, as seen through a polarized-light microscope. I was astounded by the variety of colours, shapes, and textures and immediately thought, “These look like abstract art!” So I decided to try going back to the way I used to paint, except instead of working from a photo of a landscape, I took my inspiration from these images of rocks. Doing so has introduced some new shapes and colours into my work, but the process of working from a reference photo rather than simply my imagination feels quite strange—I can almost sense different parts of my brain firing!
‘The Secret Lives of Rocks 1’, 18 x 24 inches, Acrylic on TerraSkin
Kathryn in her studio
Happy 2017 to everyone! We hope that all of you have had a good autumn and holiday season. We at Artists’ Workshop are now settling in to focus on our annual show which will be happening on April 21 – 23, so you can mark your calendars.
Beginning Sunday, each week we are going to showcase one of the members of Artists’ Workshop, with some photos of their work and information on what interests and motivates them to do the work they do. We will continue to do this up until just before our show in April.
So stay tuned and and follow along.
Mark your calendars for our second annual Pre-Christmas Sale of Small Works!
The show will start Friday November 18, from 4 – 7:30 pm, continue Saturday November 19 from 10 am – 6 pm, and finish Sunday November 20, noon – 4 pm.
Again, this show only will be at Prairie Star Gallery, 1136 8th Street East, on the south side of 8th St. East, between McKinnon and Munroe Avenues. There is parking at the rear of the building and the building is accessible. We hope to see you there!
Here we are, summer definitely coming to an end, and autumn upon us on the prairies.
Various members of the Workshop are participating in art shows in Saskatoon and Humboldt. This is a good excuse to make a gallery day and see all the art happenings as we get underway for our ‘new year’.
Kathleen Slavin has a show on at the University Club at the University of Saskatchewan. The show, ‘Being Outside‘ is on from September 2 until the end of December.
Jean Dudley, a new member of the Workshop is part of a group show of the Saskatoon Plein Air Club which has an ongoing show this month at Hues (1818 Lorne Ave). This show is on from September 1 – 31, with the reception Sept. 10 from 2 – 4 pm.
The Humboldt and District Gallery (601 Main St, Humboldt) is having its first Members Show and Sale in conjunction with an OSAC show ‘A Sense of Place’. Val Miles, Paige Mortensen,Kathleen Slavin, and Lorraine Khachatourians are participating in this show, which is on from September 1 to October 23.