Collage En Plein Air

29 Dec

Foxhole 7

Husb and I went for a walk down to Foxhole Bay on the Gower Peninsula today, partly to get some exercise and also to get some art work done en plein air. The land and sea are very rugged and I decided not to draw but to do some collage using papers I prepared quite a while ago, scribbling over recycled prints with oil pastels. I also had some sheets of sturdy watercolour paper that I had brushed with my home-made walnut ink.



We clambered down a steep, rough path and settled about 30 feet above sea level, on a flat area that is the remains of a rare Ipswichian raised beach, which was the sea level sometime in the past, probably before the last Ice Age. It was a good place to work, I laid out my board and ripped the different collage papers, laying them down on the watercolour paper and rearranging them, taking photos as I worked, inspired by, rather than slavishly copying, the environment around me. It’s an interesting way to work outside; the work of art is ephemeral, it exists in the camera. When I finished I smooshed the paper back into my folder to use another day.

15 Responses to “Collage En Plein Air”

  1. Genie Geer December 31, 2018 at 00:36 #

    Good stuff.

  2. Sharon Mann December 29, 2018 at 15:23 #

    One of my favorite things to do. Love the textures.

    • Rosie Scribblah December 29, 2018 at 16:14 #

      I don’t usually work with collage – it’s something I should do more of.

      • Sharon Mann December 30, 2018 at 15:21 #

        I think your printmaking scraps would make some very interesting effects with collage.

  3. Helen Cherry December 29, 2018 at 13:39 #

    So interesting Rosie and thanks for the link. I had never heard of Ipswichian raised beaches!

    • Rosie Scribblah December 29, 2018 at 16:14 #

      It’s new to me too, but there are a handful on the Gower Peninsula, a few in England but also quite a lot in Scotland.

      • Helen Cherry December 31, 2018 at 23:02 #

        I am determined to head down to Swansea Bay in my camper van sometime this year. Rosie

      • Rosie Scribblah January 1, 2019 at 03:04 #

        It’s a great place, but be prepared for rain lol 😁

  4. artsofmay December 29, 2018 at 05:15 #

    Great photos and wonderful process.

  5. Leonie Andrews December 29, 2018 at 02:49 #

    What excellent explorations. There is such exhilaration in working outside and freeing yourself to play.😄

    • Rosie Scribblah December 29, 2018 at 07:06 #

      Yes, it blew away the cobwebs, physically and creatively. It was surprisingly calm and warm, about 10°C.

      • Leonie Andrews December 29, 2018 at 07:37 #

        Not sure if we’ve made it yet but we are expecting 38°C today. 🌞

      • Rosie Scribblah December 29, 2018 at 08:11 #

        CRIKEY! That would kill me. It’s never been that hot in the UK.

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