Thursday 2 June 2011

On-line course with Claudine Hellmuth

Good evening everyone
Firstly a huge thank you to all of you who have so kindly left a comment on my Gingersnaps Visiting Artist 1 post. I am truly overwhelmed by your generosity and praise. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Secondly I forgot to say in that post that I am also a Ginger Gem this week for my art journal piece on cowboys and cowgirls. It just gets better doesn’t it?

Thirdly I have signed up to take an on-line course with Claudine Hellmuth on ‘Composition for Collage’.

Today was the start and I have watched the video and presentations, downloaded the handouts and images and now completed my home work. Good girl aren’t I?

I have to say this looks as though it’s going to be a great class with 4 separate assignments over a 4 week period and on-line support from Claudine herself. Today we looked at ‘composition structures’ and ‘asymmetrical balance’. Our homework was to make our own collage using Claudine’s or our own images.
This is my take on it.

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The backing paper is DCWV; I provided the moth/butterfly, the word and the circular piece, the rest of the pieces are from Claudine’s collection. I hope I have created balance through an asymmetrical  composition and that it isn’t too cluttered. Let me know if there is movement, with your eye being drawn into the piece and that you can move around the collage taking in all the elements. I will welcome all ideas particularly where you feel it could be made better.

Thank you for visiting and taking a look.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Edit - This was the comment Claudine gave me -  "great job!! super duper asymmetrical. the butterfly weights the left side well and balances out the image of the woman. if you wanted to play with it more you could add maybe 3 tiny round buttons or something round all in a row in a line above the image of the woman. that would fill that space a little and also repeat the circle you have to the left of the woman. Just a thought!!


chris said...

Hi Brenda, wow this is so very fabulous, love it.
thanks for popping by my blog, I don't deserve your kind words. hugs chris xx

Pami said...

Wow, good luck with your online course Brenda, and you are a good girl doing all your preparation!! Your project is gorgeous. I dont think it is too cluttered and your eye is drawn down from the butterfly and taken through all elements. Not sure I can advise on how you can do better, I dont feel experience enough for that! Pami x

Netty said...

A terrific first piece. If it feels right to you then it is right. The great thing with this is you can always go back at a later date and see where you can improve. Wishing you joy on your new adventure. Annette x

cheryl said...

oh hun this is brilliant love the picture terrfic layout,wish you all the best hun with your new adventure hugs cheryl xxx

coldwaters2 said...

Wow Brenda this is totally fabulous, your work is stunning, I forgot to congratulate you on Gingersnap visiting artist for the month of June.
Lorraine x

trisha too said...

Congratulations on your Ginger Gemness!!

Your collage piece is lovely. Claudine Hellmuth is one of my favorites--have a great time with your class!

Gram's Treasures said...

Can't help you here Brenda, but personally I always check over your entire card as I never want to miss anything! There's always something different.
Joyce xx

Junibears said...

Oh so well done Brenda! How wonderful to be taking a Claudine Course. She's about the best!
Congratulations on all your work! xx

Margreet said...

gorgeous creation Brenda....she gave a good should be the finishing touch!
xxx Margreet

Unknown said...

Beautiful as always Brenda & with the expert tutition, I guess you will just get better & better, if thats possible hon x

peggy gatto said...

What fun!!!!
She is a great teacher and trail blazer for altered art!

Juls said...

such a gorgeous page!! Love the music detail! Hugs Juls

Lyneen said...

I am also taking this class... Your collage is great.. what fun to play with paper. Thanks for sharing.

I haven't posted my first project... I just started yesterday.

Val said...

Fabulous piece of work. What a great idea doing an on-line course.

Good luck - but from what I have seen you really have it sussed.