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Getting Going Again – Value of a Mat In Evaluating Progress

The value of using a mat in evaluation of a painting is particularly evident when doing a mixed media, somewhat thick, collage. Nothing seems to make any sense when the material appears seemingly just thrown randomly on the paper.  In this case there’s a 20×16″ canvas under all this. In doing this I most often work with the mat in place, but here’s what it looks like with the mat removed.

Before containing pieces with a mat.

And here, with a mat with a 20×16″ opening. Didn’t move any of the pieces. Just lifted the mat. I have not glued most of the pieces at this stage.  I did crop off the mat for this picture, but followed the sizing exactly. Stay tuned for the next episode.

Aha, it’s not all chaos.
And here’s a thumbnail so you can see the overall plan.

Gee, I’m starting to see things.  How about you?

Thanks, MP