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Mary Rush Artist - Wildfeather Fine Art

Collage Exploration on 9 x 12 Canvas #3 of 4 - Fisherman's Wharf - 9 x 12 x 0.5 inches - Acrylic and Paper on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Collage Exploration on 9 x 12 Canvas #3 of 4 - Fisherman's Wharf - 9 x 12 x 0.5 inches - Acrylic and Paper on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

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The Series

This series consists of four small paintings on gallery-wrapped canvas measuring 9 x 12 x 0.5 inches. The media used was acrylic paint and paper.

After completing two series of abstract collage works on paper, I wanted to try them on gallery wrapped canvas in the same size as the paper pieces - 9 x 12 inch.


The first step was to paint a white acrylic base coat on each painting. Then, I adhered colored paper shapes onto each of the four canvases, each receiving a unique approach.

I painted all four canvases with the underlayer, which helped determine the design direction of each painting.

After the initial sessions of working on all four at once, I considered each one and worked consecutively, finishing each piece as I progressed to the next.

I wanted to make a series of small paintings that would hang well together. After the first painting, the color scheme took a different route. Numbers two, three, and four share a similar color story. Numbers three and four follow an almost identical design style along with the color story. 


#3 of 4 in the Series: Fishermans Wharf


The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.

Vincent Van Gogh


The third piece took a cue from the previous piece in its color story. It differentiated itself from numbers one and two with its design, shifting the color story to include a dark foreground. The spiral theme did not carry through with this painting.

At one point, the painting looked rather dull. I made a bold move, and grabbed a nearby torn piece of paper and ran a magenta paint stroke over the edge. That was just what it needed to breath life back into it. But, the painting was not done yet. I worked a lot with the mid ground and foreground to add contrast. The upper pink section around the gold circular shape took a bit coaxing to bring itself into form. 

The dark foreground received several different shades of blue-green leaning at times toward blue, then toward green, and in the end somewhere in between.


A positive attitude and an open mind are true characteristics of all good fishermen.

Kevin VanDam

Summary of #3

All in all, I think it's lively and entertaining image. What do you think? I'd love to hear, leave a comment on the blog.

Comment on the Blog


A fisherman is always hopeful -- nearly always more hopeful than he has any right to be.

Roderick Haig-Brown


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