Here are 7 collages I just finished. They are in a series called: Eye Thicket.
The classic series such as Monet’s haystacks and cathedral are of one subject viewed with different light and times of the year. Another way of seeing a series would be the wonderful lily pond views that Monet created. Indeed he is often credited with the concept of a series.
I made these 7 collages at the same time, often tearing papers and applying parts to several at the same time. The individual works grew together as a family rather than in sequence. Maybe this isn’t a series at all, I am not sure. I do know this; I did not want to make seven things that would be a kind of visual rut and I wanted each one to be able to stand by itself.
You can also view these and other works on my website: http://billwhorrall.com/
Here are 3 of 22 alternate shots of an Amish barn.
I was riding in a car one day and saw this barn in the morning. I returned later to insure the sunrise would strike it the same way. This is the view and crop I ended up with, a frontal view. I used the quick fix on Adobe Photoshop Elements to put a tiny bit of red into this image.
There are many angles one could use here, including elevating or lowering the camera. I looked at the barn from different angles and took about 20 shots. After viewing them I returned to my original impression. I think it is great to go with your instinct…but do not overlook other possibilities.
Here is a shot I took that turned out very differently than the image I expected. The camera did not see what I saw. Vertical shots are often disappointing for me. Below you can see the re-crop and fix.
18″ 24″ mixed media on paper. by Bill Whorrall. This is an example of using a photographic source without it being static or being solely dependent on a photo reference.
The image above is part of a series about water and other elements related to water. It is also a way of seeing how a photo screened image can become quite painterly and loose. A real challenge is using photography without the media itself dominating the space.
18″ 24 on paper. Mixed media with photo-screened elements by Bill Whorrall
This work uses photo screened images of clouds and water. The soft edges and triangle, circle help push the photo reference away while maintaining the integrity of the photo-derived information. The overlapping color, drawing and writing provide layers of perception and detail.
If you are a creative person you may be invigorated by a trip. I know it helps me. But my best ideas, work, observations come from right where I live. I have a lot o access, know the territory and explore it freely. I guess what I am saying is the circus is always in town, they may think you are the clown…but hey, they are still buying tickets. Does this mean anything? Not sure.