Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Claudine & Composition

I’m glad I signed up for Claudine Hellmuth’s new online class: Composition for Collage. It’s not only helping me to take my mind off losing Lily while I’m doing it, but I’m also gaining some much needed focus.
Both Martha and Marissa have written on their blogs about how they enjoy online classes, so I’ve been wanting to experience one myself. I thought I’d start with Claudine’s because I’ve taken a couple of real time classes with her, and she always gives you 100 per cent, plus you come away a better artist. One of the things I admire about Claudine’s work is her sense of composition, and it’s great the way she explains how she makes decisions regarding the placement of her picture elements.
Our first assignment was Asymmetry (see above), which I did in Photoshop using (mainly) elements that Claudine provides as part of the class materials. I was surprised how challenging this was and how much I learned. Because I worked for years as a layout artist, composition isn’t usually a challenge for me. However, I do think that a large part of creativity is self-correcting in order to make your work better, and I really appreciate the tools and vocabulary Claudine is giving us to do just this that.
P.S. I think today is the last day to sign up if you’d like to.

11 comments:

nancy said...

let art heal and feed your soul!
lovely work!

spindelmaker said...

Well I think your composition looks smashing! So either you´re getting your money´s worth, or your a natural ;-)

Leslie Jane Moran said...

Coming from you, this is really valuable advice. I love online classes, so will add this to my busy summer roster! Thanks for the heads up. As always, love your creation. Hope life is easing a bit. Distraction is crucial.

La Dolce Vita said...

love classes with Claudine! and so very sorry to hear about Lily... they love us so completely ... xox

Irene said...

This is a great creation, I really am an asymmetrical person and find much of my page layouts and even flower arrangements lean towards that style. I wonder if some of that has to do with something in your brain? (my brain I mean). keep well.

steph said...

I really love the techniques you used here, Susan...I can't keep my eyes off the face...beautiful work...

Cro Magnon said...

I'm sure that 'Lily' will find her way into your work sometime soon. That way she'll always be around.

Do have a look at my page today (Monday). Our new 'Monty' features.

jc said...

I LOVE this piece you did for Claudine's online class! I have taken many classes with her over the years, and she has such a wonderful way. I still haven't done an online art class though so you're inspiring me.. as do your kind comments on Zendoll. Thank you.

Kristeena Crabb said...

I think this piece is wonderful! I'm sorry I wasn't paying more attention and I missed this class.

Sandy Michelle said...

Lovely piece! I didn't know she was offering on-line classes. I will definitely have to look into it!

Sandy xox

azirca said...

Beautiful collage.
Hope that you are doing okay, you have been in my thoughts.