A Different Frame

This collage is like #5 in the way that the frame within the frame is handled—it’s less of an image than the others, more abstract in a way. But also, unlike #s 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7, the arrangement is not supposed to be so developed, so condensed. It was to have that light, this-is-just-how-it-is feel that I found in Kandinsky. It didn’t turn out quite that way—couldn’t resist adjusting until it felt better. Even so, it does have a few straight lines in a more or less unprogrammed dance, as in Kandinsky. At first, working on top of the picture within a picture, it seemed like there was not much room to fit things, because I didn’t want to obliterate the image—in this case the cut out part of the dark grey ground. But in any good picture there is plenty of space for whatever you want to include, and that has nothing to do with size. This one is busy, but still feels comfortably spacious. The flat colored pieces of paper may help with that. The art of visual art is placement.

Robert Linsley, Collage #8 2016 watercolor, acrylic, spray, collage on canvas

Robert Linsley, Collage #8 2016 watercolor, acrylic, spray, collage on canvas

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