I’m excited to announce that a new book is out that features images of my animal collages – Contemporary Wildlife Art by Cindy Ann Coldiron. This is the second book by Cindy Ann Coldiron that features my work, and I’m happy to be part of another curated collection by this local artist.
December 6th, 2014 7:00 – 10:00 pm Center for the Arts; Manassas, VA
I’m excited to announce that I will be one of the featured artists selling their work at the fundraiser “Deck the Walls” at the Center for the Arts in Manassas, Virginia. I’ll have small original collages, prints, and magnets available for sale.
Here’s the first time lapse video I’ve put together of my collage process. This little 7″x5″ collage took me about an hour and a half to create, but I was able to speed up the process into a 4 minute time lapse video. I’m looking forward to creating a few more of these in the future. And hopefully this gives you a better idea of how I piece together my artwork.
About a year ago I posted images of artwork I did as a child. Recently I was sifting through more images of artwork from my childhood that I had on my computer, and I figured I’d share them with everyone. I was amused and impressed with the imagination I had as a kid back in elementary school. These pieces were done when I was between the ages of 5 – 7.
The scuba diving piece was done on the back of a menu at a restaurant. It’s of my dad scuba diving – apparently whenever I heard he went on scuba diving trips, I assumed he was lowered into the water in a cage that was always surrounded by sharks. The image on the right shows that I might have began thinking about the story behind Duck & Fish years ago.
The image on the right is supposed to be a picture of my parents getting married. I was amused that I thought my dad wore a top hat when he got married. As a kid, it seemed like most of my drawings of men involved top hats while women always wore pearls and ribbons.
I went through a horse phase where all I drew were horses, like the one above. I also loved drawing pictures of my childhood dog (on the right).
This one made me smile – illustrations of the Ninja Turtles. Love how happy they all look.
Royalty seemed to be one of my favorite subjects – kings, queens, princesses, and princes. I like how this queen has such a long train.
Anyway, I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!
During the past couple of months, I’ve received emails from a number of students from the British School Caracas in Venezuela. The students are working on an art project where they write about my life and also create their own collages. Below are some of the collages the students have made:
It always brightens my day to see collage work by students from around the world.
Last week I found out that one of my collages was featured on Conan O’Brien’s official website and all of his social media sites. Apparently it was featured on the homepage of his website too, but I didn’t get around to realizing it until a couple days after it was posted.
It’s always great when your work gets a bit of attention – and it’s even better when a celebrity shares your work. Anyway, it was amusing reading over comments by people who liked and disliked the piece.
The collage itself was completed over a year ago. I made it specifically for Conan’s website when I realized there was a Coco Moca section where they posted artwork of Conan. So it was my first attempt at trying to create him in collage form.
Last Thursday I stopped by the Vienna Arts Society in Vienna, Virginia to present and demo my “painting with paper” technique. I talked about my work for a bit, then proceeded to make a slightly abstract 12″x16″ collage. The other day I finished the collage, which you can find to the left.
The presentation was a lot of fun. Thank you to everyone who made it out that day. I enjoyed sharing my work, telling you all a little about myself, and sharing my children’s book Duck & Fish.
The other day I stopped by my parents’ house to go through some of my old things. This included a stack of artwork that I created over the years. I got a kick out of several of my old drawings. Some were amusing and some were impressive, considering how old I was when I created them. It’s no wonder I became an artist.
The piece above was done when I was about twelve (I think). It’s interesting how I made an oil pastel drawing look a little bit like a collage of sorts.
The watercolor above was done when I was in middle school. I made a watercolor where I outlined the dogs and shapes in the background with marker. Then I cut the pieces up into strips and glued them onto a piece of black construction paper.
This drawing made me smile. Apparently when I was about six, I decided to make a series of drawings just like this one. The super tall lady wearing a long dress, holding a frilly umbrella, while walking her tiny dog on a leash was a reoccurring character in my drawings.
Above is one of the few mountainous landscapes I made as a child.
Every summer for a few years my family used to travel up to Maine. We would stay in a cottage by the ocean that didn’t have a TV, which forced my older brother and me to find ways to entertain ourselves. I decided to start creating a little world of paper critters that I would cut out of paper. Then I created different settings for them so I could move them around to act out different stories. My brother caught on to the paper world I was creating and decided to turn it into a collaboration. Above and below are all the various creatures we drew.
And below is an example of one of the settings we made. In this case it’s a restaurant, where we could move the animal character cut-outs around. It was sort of like having an elaborate set of paper dolls.
This past Tuesday night was the book launch party for the new arts anthology, Bourgeon, which is composed of articles by fifty D.C. area visual artists, writers, and performers. An article I wrote for Bourgeon‘s online publication on my collage portraiture is featured in the book alongside an image of one of my collages. I was excited to get a physical copy of the book after all the time and effort that went into its creation by the Bourgeon team. It looks wonderful – beautiful images and interesting articles. (Note: if you’ve received the first edition, you’ll notice that the caption under my collage portrait says it’s a self portrait when it’s actually a portrait of my mother).
Also, Flowers in Art was released several days ago. Flowers in Art is a book by artist Cindy Ann Coldiron and it features the work of artists working in a variety of mediums. It also includes some of my flower collages. I have yet to receive my copy of the book in the mail, but I’m looking to seeing the finished product.