It occurred to me this morning as I was doing a little warm up with collage. In 2008, I went to ArtFest for the first and only time in search of workshops on collage and mixed media. I came back feeling that I hadn't learned anything about collage and considered myself forever "collage-challenged." Funny how time goes by and there I was this morning, creating a collage like I'd done it a thousand times, without stressing over the results. Literally, out of the blue, I created a collage. So I sat and contemplated this collage I just created trying to figure out why it came so easy to me this morning. You know what I figured out? I finally have a large box filled with scraps of me - the imagery that I created which I can relate to and it became totally clear. I couldn't create collage the way I wanted to because I didn't have my own imagery. Maybe that is obvious to some of you, but to me it came as a huge realization. (Of course this is how it looks before I do anything more on it, and I plan to. It doesn't really look like much, I know. LOL)
The lesson I learned today is that I can't create collage based on what I see everyone else doing (DUH!). I can't relate to a lot of the images being used no matter how much I want to create something that looks similar. The comfort level I've been looking for finally emerged because I was using images of my own. Again, maybe I am too tired now and just rambling on, but I am so happy that I know what I need now in order to create collages. It was a little "Ah Ha" moment. Thanks for letting me share :)
BIG BIG NEWS
Ok, so I mentioned Colorado in the title of this post. As I continue to work on my Creating Personal Imagery 101 on-line workshop, I will also be intensely working on my own Workshop DVD that I will be going to Colorado to film for Interweave Press/Quilting Arts on May 9th! Yikes!!! As if I don't already have a load of work on my plate already! I'm going to be temporarily side-tracked to prepare for the DVD taping, but please be assured that while I am rehearsing for my "raving performance" (LOL), I am still working on my workshop. (Once I calm myself down and stop hopping around like a Mexican jumping bean!) The good news for those waiting for the workshop is that I will have to get up-to-speed on Photoshop Elements 10 as the taping will be using the most current version. I'm sure it is hardly different from version 7 that I'm currently using, but at least I will be familiar with the new version as well so I can related to those of you with the new version. I promise to fill you in with more details soon.
Have a wonderful Easter with your friends and family! Now it's time for bed zzzzzzzzzz