Saturday, February 9, 2013

In the Studio, collages inspired by Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson

What a wonderful day in the Studio.  The women were filled with energy as we worked on collages inspired by Elizabeth St.Hilaire Nelson.  Even though they all followed the same basic steps, the end results are as unique as the women themselves.

Carol's piece in progress and looking great.
Each piece progressed from a sketch to an underpainting and then collage.  While most of the pieces were still in progress when the class ended, they were all really starting to come together.

Linda's set of teacups is beautiful.

Most of the women went with a tea based them, including Carol C's "Alice in Wonderland" inspired teapot below...
Carol C's fun and funky teapot.

and Sonja's sweet cupcakes...

I really like the butterfly detail.
 The paper used to collage our pieces were so varied, like the sheet music and napkins Sonja used above or the painted and handmade papers Lisa used below...

Lisa's collage has some great details.

There is a quote I love by Henry David Thoreau..."If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away"  and so, teapots turn into barns and flowers, and as artists we understand...

Joan recreated a local barn.  So clever.

Norina's wonderful flowers. 

The thing I love most about the individuals that grace my Studio each week is their unique and creative spirits.  Whether it was teapots, teacups, cupcakes, barns or flowers, what really came through in each of these pieces was the individuality of the artist that created it. 

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