Collage 101


When it comes to making collages my mantra is re-cycle, re-purpose, re-use. If “all’s fair in love and war”, so it is with collage making. There are as many ways to make a collage (2D, 3D, mixed) as there are materials.

(Definition: Collage derives its name from the French verb coller, to glue. The work of art is made by gluing things to the surface).

I start with the scary white paper. Blank. Nada. 100% rag, acid free, often Rives BFK, a lovely, heavy paper excellent for general printmaking.

Rives BFK paper 22x30"

Rives BFK paper 22×30″ 

Sometimes I start by painting on the paper with acrylic paint or making a monotype.

acrylic painted paper

acrylic painted paper

Next comes stash busting. I peruse all manner of my previous prints (etchings, monotypes, collagraphs). The un-wanted. Un-loved. I sort through ephemera.

bits and pieces

bits and pieces


discarded prints

discarded prints



Peruse, then pick. Decide on shapes. Cut out. Add, subtract, shift around, overlap. Build layers. Do not glue down. Changes might have to be made. Do not sneeze or jostle.

Here is the collage in progress with a few details.

collage in progress

collage in progress






Time to glue down all of those little pieces. To help me remember where they all go once they are lifted off the paper I make a few sketches with notations plus marks on the paper for shape locations. Then I remove a section at a time, add acrylic medium for “glue” and weight it down. This is where those old phone books come in handy.

This is the view of Woodcreek Ranch from my studio window. It’s what I see while I wait for the glue to dry.

Woodcreek Ranch - winter

Woodcreek Ranch – winter


I return to the collage and repeat the process of removing, gluing, weighting down and staring. Until it’s finished.

Untitled #1282 collage, 22x30", 2014

Untitled #1282 collage, 22×30″, 2014

There you have it!

You can see more of my collages on my website Click on Tabs “New Work” and “Collages.”

Name That Painting

I recently completed three mixed media acrylic paintings on panel. They are 24”x24”.  All are, presently, “Untitled.”

I thought I would ask you, my readers, to help me title them, so they do not stay in a state of untitledness forever.

There is no story or narrative for the paintings. When you look at them, what comes to mind? Emotions? Musings? Reflections? Memories? Connections?

Title the Untitled. One, two, or all three. Give it your best shot.

Here they are, with a detail of each.

#1269 Untitled, mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 24x24", 2013


#1269- 2 Detail

#1270 Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 24"x24", 2013

#1270-2 Detail

#1271 Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 24"x24", 2013

#1271-2 Detail

Get the naming rights. I’ll select the most intriguing titles and give a shout out to the winners by noting your initials and city in a future blog. You’ll know who you are and the painting, formally known as “Untitled”, will be sporting a new name.

Contests. Love them. Title away!

In Like A Lion

Out like a lamb (March).  Unless you live in Boulder, Colorado which got more than a foot of snow the middle of April. Here in Texas, April showers will bring May flowers. The flower show really began with tulips mid March and continues right through spring and summer.

Inspiration, for me, is everywhere. Springtime at the Dallas Arboretum provided just the right burst of color needed for a series of collages I made called “Springtime Suite.” I built the collage on an acrylic painting on paper. I let the painting dictate the overall composition and color scheme of the collaged papers which included my own re-purposed prints (monotypes, collagraphs, etchings) and found paper. When you look at all seven of the Suite you’ll notice the differences in directional movement from one collage to another. In these collages negative space, the areas in and around the collage, are as important as the collage itself.

The seven collages in “Springtime Suite” express the joy I get from working with color inspired by the spring landscape.

Here are “Springtime Suite 1-4.”

#1259 Springtime Suite 1, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 22x30", 2012

#1260 Springtime Suite 2, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 22x30", 2012

#1261 Springtime Suite 3, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 22x30", 2012

#1262 Springtime Suite 4, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 22x30", 2012

Intrigued? To see the complete Suite 1-7 go to my website and click on “New Work.” Check out the rest of the website while you are there.

I hope these collages add some sunshine to your day.



Cecelia’s Art Pick of the Month-April 2013

Spring is here! Color is pushing up through the winter soil as daffodils, tulips, forsythia and other spring flowers announce the change in season.

I have selected “Romantic Allusions” for this month’s Art Pick. Not only is it colorful, but like the flowers revealing themselves in the garden, this mixed media work on paper also reveals some hidden elements. Among the collaged papers and painting are sections of colored oil pastel crayons which were initially covered by black pastels. The black was scratched away revealing the underlying colors.

Enjoy whatever is popping up in your garden and add this month’s Art Pick to your collection.

It is available all month at a 30% discount.

#370 Romantic Allusions, acrylic, oil pastels, collage, 22x28, 1989

Price – $800 less 30% = $560. Free shipping.

Cecelia’s Art Pick – March 2013


I have always liked working in series. It seems that an idea needs to go through a range of possible expressions before I am satisfied that it is “finished.” Sometimes a group of related work consists of a few pieces, sometimes many over a long period of time.

This month’s Art Pick is one in a series of fourteen acrylic paintings on paper with embossing. It is number 7 of 14. It is typical of my work during the 80”s when I was also making large acrylic “stain” paintings. Instead of pouring on canvas on the floor, (which made my studio look jazzy) I poured the paint on paper. I embossed the paper front and back (convex and concave lines) using heavy cord or lightweight wire and a press.

Here is “Fourteen 7”.

#215 Fourteen 7, acrylic, embossing on paper, 22x30, 1982

This is a painting from that period.

#260 Now You See It, acrylic ptg, 71x61, 1984

Here are three more from the series. You can compare and contrast them to “Fourteen 7”.

#211 Fourteen 3, acrylic, embossing on paper, 22x30, 1982


#214 Fourteen 6, acrylic, embossing on paper, 22x30, 1982

#222 Fourteen 14, acrylic, embossing on paper, 22x30, 1982

When is a series finished? Usually, when other ideas intrude.

Remember – the Art Pick is available all month at a 30% discount. $850 less 30% = $595.

Cecelia’s Art Pick of the Month – February 2013

In the 70’s I played around with Tangram shapes. Your kids are probably playing with them today. A group of seven triangles, squares, and polygons can be arranged in various ways to make something resembling a figure. This was different than “life drawing.”

I made a set of six drawings with transfer photos, which I called “Suite Dreams.” The drawings had tangram-like figures in various poses interacting with the transfers, which were decidedly more “human.”

Here is Suite Dreams: 3, the February Art Pick.

Suite Dreams III, pencil, chalk,transfer, 12x12, 1977

Price $500 less 30% = $350. Free shipping!

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If you would like the other drawings or the entire set let me know. I will be happy to send images via email.







Ring In The New

#1135 Untitled acrylic, collage on panel, 13x13" 2006

Another year has sped by and here I am again trying to capture those moments, all of which have added up to make 2012 a memorable year. Big moments, like celebrating my 70th birthday in San Francisco with my family, small ones like finishing the Neef’s baby blanket before baby Kate was born. Most of the moments are modest in size but added together they speak to my life, active, inquisitive and hopefully creative.

I’ve always believed the journey is more important than the end, for what is there when the “end” is reached?  As I enter the next decade of my life I hope I will continue to explore and try new things, possibly (probably) failing here and there, but always moving forward. I have no doubt that some of the books on my shelves will go unread (I’m good about putting only one at a time on my iPad), there will be canvas left unpainted and my yarn stash will be diminished only to be replenished. I’ll hope for patience in these and other matters. The tragedies that abound in this world makes us realize how little is in our control. We must experience joy in the things we do and with the people we love right now, as we may not get second chances.

This was the year I started my ArtEveryday blog. I have a tendency to drag my feet when it comes to new technology (just ask my man), but with encouragement (pushing?) and help, eventually come around to embracing the new “new.” Sharing my passion for making art and my love of all things artistic with a wider audience has been fun and rewarding. Once a month seems to work out well. More to come in 2013. Stay tuned and keep re-tweeting!

My family’s blogs have helped me keep up with the world of healthcare, fashion, business, technology, travel, food, books and education. Dan, our non-blogger, has kept me supplied with pictures and videos of granddaughter Sabrina’s activities, which makes the time between visits bearable.

We’ve traveled a lot this year, here and abroad. I would dearly love to finish working on January 2012’s Chile/Argentina pictures before our trip to Iceland in June. Keep your fingers crossed.

I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions (too much guilt associated with not keeping them) but I recently saw the following list (author unknown) and thought it expressed my desires for the New Year beautifully. I’ll call it my list of good intentions. Maybe it will be your list, too.

Dream             more

Complain        less

Listen             more

Talk                less

Love              more

Argue            less

Hope            more

Fear              less

Relax            more

Worry           less

Believe         more

Doubt          less

Play            more

Work           less

For all of you I hope that 2013 will be a year of great expectations, successes large and small, and many joyous moments.

I’ll begin the New Year with this poem with words of wisdom by Shel Silverstein.


How many slams in an old screen door?

Depends how loud you shut it.

How many slices in a bread?

Depends how thin you cut it?

How much good inside a day?

Depends how good you live ‘em.

How much love inside a friend?

Depends how much you give ‘em.


From me, remember to make your life a work of art.

This Must Be Your Lucky Day collagraph collage, 8x11" on 15x22" paper, 2009


Cecelia’s Art Pick of the Month-December 2012

By the time I went to graduate school at the University of North Texas I considered myself a true Texan. Not really. I had only been in Dallas for three years, but I hauled up to Denton for my MFA (Master of Fine Arts) concentrating in painting, drawing and printmaking. For more than ten years after graduating I painted, painted, painted. Then, in 1990, I saw the light and dove into printmaking. After that, painting and printmaking (monotypes, collagraphs and solar plate etchings, alone, or in various combinations) have existed side by side, each medium informing the other.

This month’s Art Pick is an early monotype, one that I consider an “oldie, but goodie.”

Why not select it for that special someone’s Holiday Gift? Black Friday’s gone, but my discount is good all month. Free shipping, too!

#410 Feather Duster, monotype, 30x22, 1991

Price: $800 less 30% = $560. Free shipping.

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Bowls For A Cause

Fall has finally arrived here in North Central Texas. It actually felt more like winter when the early morning temperature at our farm hovered around 32 degrees.

Soup weather! How fortuitous that Grayson College, in nearby Sherman, sponsored an event called “Empty Bowls” to raise money for Visions of Sugar Plums, a local charity that provides meals for kids in need.

Ceramics students at the college created more than 200 thrown and glazed bowls which were sold for $10 each.

As a bonus, you got to choose one (or more) of a selection of four soups prepared by students in the Culinary Arts program, under the direction of chef instructor Joanna Bryant. A perfect cold weather lunch!

We filled up with delicious onion soup (Stan) and chicken noodle (me), then took our unique creations home, happy to know we helped fill a child’s tummy.

Art comes in all shapes and sizes.



Cecelia’s Art Pick of the Month – November 2012

I have been featuring a piece of my art each month which goes out to my email contacts. Now, it is time to have it make an appearance on this blog. Each month I choose a work of art from my inventory, sometimes an early piece, sometimes a recent one and discount the retail price by 30% and offer free shipping. The price is good for the entire month.

Consider doing your holiday shopping early and select this special piece of art for that special someone. Maybe that special someone is you!

Here is the November Art Pick

#602 Untitled monotype w. collaged vintage photo, 22x30, 1995

Price $800.00 less 30% = $560.00. Free shipping.

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