Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Collage, Golden Gate Bridge

Collage of the Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco, CA 12/2012

Every year my family does a white elephant gift exchange with a theme. This past Christmas is was my sisters turn to choose the theme. She decided on Geography. I thought this theme over for a couple of weeks and knew that I wanted to be creative in my approach. I made a list a some of my favorite places and settled on San Francisco. At first, I thought that I would buy Giants tickets, or a day pass to one of the museums there or a dinner out to a nice restaurant. While all of these ideas were good, I wanted to push the envelope a bit.
One day I was looking around Pinterest for creative ideas I came across an artist who uses maps to create scenes. I knew immediately that I wanted to use maps to create a collage of the Golden Gate Bridge. This artist's work by far surpasses mine but I was so inspired after taking a look that I decided to give it a try. After many late nights and 15 maps later the above image is the result. I couldn't make it to this years gift exchange but I sent my creation anyway. From what I heard it was a hot commodity. What do you think?


  1. Hey, Amy. Jeff, the co-worker, here. Thanks for sharing your blog with me, I enjoyed looking at all of your stuff you've put up here. Nice seeing what a fellow SacState art alumni has been working on. It's all very good and look forward to seeing more. The Time Series (?? sorry I'm not looking at them at the moment but think that's what they were called) are particularly cool to me. Keep it up.

    1. Hey! Thanks for stopping in and taking a look. You are the first to leave a comment. I heard through the grapevine that you are an artist as well and Sac State alum, that's cool. Small world. What kind of art do your create?
      The Time Series was a challenge to produce. I have mixed feelings about it still and there is so much history behind the imagery that I won't get into here. Another time maybe. What do you like about them? Anyway, I really appreciate you taking the time to look around. I'm working on a couple of projects and will post something soon.
      See you at work. :)

  2. I would be interested in hearing about the imagery sometime. On a whole I like the repeated imagery, the imagery itself, and the mix of, what looks like, collage with other mediums. Honestly though, critiquing was my least favorite and weakest part of all the art classes I took there. I just have trouble explaining why I like things aside from just having some feeling about it. If that makes sense. It's been a while since college now (which is weird to think about) but I did enjoy SacState and took some great art classes. We'll have to chat about that a bit.
    Right now, not a whole lot. I do some random pen and ink stuff, and some other dry mediums. A few painting here and there (the most painting I've done in a long time was for that show last October- actually sold a few which was pretty snazzy), usually for a commission, though those are very few and far between. Some random projects as presents, and chalkboards for the coffee shop where I used to work, but still hang around. But the motivation is usually to make myself or others laugh, or because I just felt like it at the moment. Usually has to be something I can finish in a sitting because I dont really have the focus for larger stuff. The only place I have anything up is on facebook right now.
    Hope your work weekend goes well!

  3. It's kinda hard to have a real conversation on a blog...Critiques were hard for me as well because sometimes I have a hard time verbalizing my thoughts. I'm better in smaller groups and even though I dreaded them I came to value them in the end. I miss the interaction the most with my fellow students. Non artists don't really get it, the critiquing if that makes sense. Any feed back is good but it's just different.
    Since I am a new graduate I am still in the momentum of making work, putting it aside and coming back to it. Working cuts into my creative time but I also need to work..I've found that if I have two paintings or collages going at one time I am more apt to continue creating and being productive. I've noticed that if I do not make the effort in some small way to make something I'm not happy. I was given an easel for Christmas and really wish I could afford a studio space that I could get messy. My living space doesn't really allow for messiness at the moment. Anyway, have you always enjoyed art? If you would rather not comment on the blog all the time you can send your messages to my email, Hope you had a nice weekend. :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping in! It has been the most popular piece. I've even gotten a couple commissions because its so well liked. :)

    2. Thanks for stopping in! It has been the most popular piece. I've even gotten a couple commissions because its so well liked. :)