Starting a new project. A children's picture book.
Inspired by a groundhog I saw running through
Prospect Hill Cemetery in York PA.
Groundhogs are not welcome in cemeteries. They dig their burrows underground and undermine the monuments. They collect things that don't belong to them, things from above ground and below ground. But in the big scheme of things, groundhogs have a place in the world. As I watched the groundhog scurry through the graveyard, I thought she looks alot like Punxsutawney Phil. Maybe they were related. But Punxsutawney Phil is trademarked, so I could not write a book about him. But I could write a book about his family . . .
I was having an "Artist's Block". I thought collage - tearing up paper and glue - would be the therapy I needed to break through. I decided to try a negative space collage. I would cover the canvas with random pieces of paper, then paint the negative space around my subject.
Tearing and pasting was very therapeutic and by the end I was feeling better and more creative. However I learned the hard way that the collage paper should have been all dark colors. As I was painting the negative space around the tree limbs, I couldn't see my subject.
The only way to fix it was to collage my subject after I painted the negative space. So as it turns out, I simply have a Red Bird collage.