Mini Landscape Collages

When I moved to Pennsylvania in the summer of 2004, I was (and still am) completely enamored of the countryside- breathtaking old barns, Holstein cows dotting the landscape, & plowed fields that look like Mother Nature quilted them Herself.  I took hundreds of photos that first year & continue to take photos as I find vistas that inspires me.

Landscapes used to intimidated me as an artist.  I’d ask myself, how do great artists successfully create pieces based on the places that inspire them?  It dawned on me that they were recording their expressions & impressions of the landscapes, not the landscapes themselves.   I was trying too hard to “capture” scenery rather than interpret the essence of what I saw & how it made me feel.  That realization liberated me as an artist & allows me to freely express my emotional connections to the spirits of place.

I’m creating a series of six 4-inch square collages based on my photographs.  Here are the first three.  The photos are included so you can see how I took the scenery & interpreted it in a way that honors it without trying to recreate it.

mini landscape 2

landscape 2

mini landscape 1

landscape 1

mini landscape 3

landscape 3

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2 thoughts on “Mini Landscape Collages

  1. Dear Susan,

    I loved your post, and the exquisite little collages. Which seem much, much bigger than 4″ square! It was wonderful to also see the photographs you began with, a very freeing experience for any artist and creative soul wondering how to begin.

    Warm regards, Marilyn Steele, Ph.D.

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    • Hi Marilyn,
      Thanks for your comment. You’re absolutely right… whether it’s creating art, ending something old, or beginning something new, that first step is the most difficult… and the most rewarding.

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