Art in progress ©St. Hilaire Nelson
Speaking of peacocks in print publications (I do love alliteration) I should mention that Geri at Juxtapose Gallery in New Jersey sold two 20x24 peacock collages this month, and Asheville Grand Bohemian Gallery sold their 20x24 peacock collage in February. The Grand Bohemian Gallery in Orlando sold two of the 9x12 peacock heads from the series I worked on at the dance competition (see older post).
In light of this success, I'm working on more peacocks for my Asheville featured artist show (May 18-June 13) and workshop. I wanted them to be a pair, so I am working on them at the same time. I am taking the same paper and applying it back and forth to both pieces to create harmony between them.
I have always said that I do not work on more than one collage at a time and I don't really consider this to be an exception. I am really treating these two birds as one big piece (and believe me, I remember why I don't work bigger than 20x24, it's taking forever to complete these two!) I have them on the easel side by side. The heads and necks of the peacocks are still paint, I am working on the tail feathers and the background first. My intention is to leave some of the drippy paint at the bottom and the wood grain showing through on both collages, but I am never sure until I get there.
6 days ago