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All 10 pointers in this article by Kimber Scott make good sense…

Originally posted on Kimber Scott's Studio:

Three Buddhas by Kimber Scott

Thinking creatively is not always easy to do.  You know that.  If you’re like me, you’ve read many a blog, magazine article, or self-development book looking for ideas on ways to open up your mind and create with genius and abandon.  I’ve tried a lot of these ideas – bubble baths, bonbons, lunch with the girls, acting like a child….  These things make me feel all warm and fuzzy, but they don’t turn me on.  They don’t blow the lid off my brain.  Blowing the lid off a brain is hard work.  If you want to think in new ways, if you want to get your ideas out from under that hard skull that’s covering them, if you really want to be more creative, you’ve got to put some sweat into it.  It’s not easy, but definitely worth it.  So let’s get to it:

  1. No reading for one week.  This is the most difficult task for me, so I…

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As I wrote yesterday, collage – from the French word coller, to glue – is a technique of art production, primarily used in the visual arts where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.

And after a productive month in the studio – and preparing to throw-out the scattered newspapers and out-of-date street advertising posters used for paint spills and splashes – I looked at some areas of accidental spills and splashes with deeper interest and thought of a collage arrangement.

It took the remainder of the day to measure, select, tear and paste the three basic elements of this piece into place; carefully wrapping each piece of pasted paper around the edge of the canvas’ frame and then stapling in place for a permanent fix. Then I added an air-gun target, found at a fairground a few years ago and kept in my bag of printed ephemera, old maps, tickets, labels and wrappers, before finally dropping more blue paint “droppings” to tie the three bands of torn paper together.

I must add that visually and experimentally I am very excited by this piece. Although some viewers will look upon it as “grunge” I feel very encouraged by progress in a different direction with my artwork… maybe it is a seminal piece. Obviously I hope it sells… but if it doesn’t I will be equally pleased to have it hanging on my own walls for a long time to come!

This artwork is for sale at Saatchi Art…


Image © 2014 Ed Buziak


After a fourth and fifth day (last weekend) in the studio working specifically on ‘dribble’ paintings I decided to take a break from that subject and technique to experiment and create in other areas… currently I have many ideas in my head and not enough hours in the day to proceed on more than one of them at a time. I suppose I’m lucky to be in a position where I’m not stuck for an idea! So, here is the last current one of the series on 75 x 55 cms card… a multi-coloured release of balloons floating upwards…

This painting is currently for sale at Saatchi Art…


Image © 2014 Ed Buziak


Collage – from the French word coller, to glue – is a technique of art production, primarily used in the visual arts where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.

A collage may sometimes include newspaper and magazine clippings, bits of coloured or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years, but this technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty.

The term “collage” was coined by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso at the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art.

According to the Guggenheim Museum‘s online art glossary, collage is an artistic concept associated with the beginnings of modernism, and entails much more than the idea of gluing something onto something else. The glued-on patches which Braque and Picasso added to their canvases offered a new perspective on painting when the patches “collided with the surface plane of the painting.” Furthermore, these chopped-up bits of newspaper introduced fragments of externally referenced meaning into the collision… the juxtaposition of signifiers, “at once serious and tongue-in-cheek,” was fundamental to the inspiration behind collage – “Emphasizing concept and process over end product, collage has brought the incongruous into meaningful congress with the ordinary.” – Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collage

And so after a productive month in the studio I thought it time to tidy-up the scattered newspapers and posters (out-of-date street advertising posters) I use as floor protection against paint spills and splashes. But, the more I looked at some areas of accidental spills and splashes the more I thought they could be used in some form of assemblage… or collage.

After much selecting, measuring, tearing and overlaying, I mixed a small bowl of wallpaper paste and carefully glued the three strips to an 80 x 60 cms stretched canvas. I then weighed the covered canvas down on each corner with my hand-exercise weights to make sure the wooden frame stayed true and flat whilst drying. By tomorrow I will know whether or not, or perhaps what, to add to the assemblage.

The finished artwork will be for sale at Saatchi Art in 24-hours…

Image © 2014 Ed Buziak


I completed four more artworks on paper over the weekend… the theme/title of the two illustrated here being “pop camouflage”, or the jazzing-up of random pattern used on battle uniforms since the Great War of 1914, 100 years ago. I may re-shoot the images because the inherent subtlety of the camouflage makes them difficult to photograph, Photoshop and save for viewing on screen. On my wall in daylight they look fine… on my iMac this evening they look different. However, the subject idea and my technique and interpretation is there to see.


These paintings be for sale at Saatchi Art in the next 24 hours…

Images © 2014 Ed Buziak


This is an acrylic composition in reds, yellows and blues… applied and scraped across the paper surface (43lbs Canson white smooth cartridge) with a decorator’s paint scraper. I created this piece last year in conjunction with several others using a broad range of colours… this example being the most striking with the thin, scraped acrylic paint becoming semi-transparent in several places.

This artwork is currently for sale at Saatchi Art…


Image © 2013 Ed Buziak


A fourth day in my studio on ‘dribble’ paintings… but with only one completed. I worked on two large pieces yesterday and then this morning along the same theme, but using different colours from the red, orange and yellow part of the colour charts.

For this third piece of artwork in the on-going “Organic State” series I have used a ‘warm’  palette of colours on smooth Arches Platine cold-pressed, hand-made 76 x 56 cms (30 x 22 inches) watercolour paper. Again I have tried to express the slow movement of organic forms intermingling with each other, sometimes blending or fusing. Last evening a friend posted on Facebook the comment, “Thousands of balloons” against the multi-coloured “Organic State #1” which I had simply not seen before in that way.


For a few days I had been imagining a downward movement in these abstract compositions – moving with the gravitational flow of the paint. Strangely, my friend saw an upward direction with balloons… and bizarrely, at the same time as I edited my WordPress blog text and Saatchi Art keywords list to include, “or are they swimming upwards like sperms?” and “sperm”.

When I checked the number of works for sale on Saatchi using the keyword “balloons” there were 872 hits (I thought there could have been more)… whereas “sperm” produced 136 hits which was more than I thought. So for the two latest “Organic State” artworks, which are more monochromatic, I will include “Sperm Count” in their titles.

This painting is currently for sale at Saatchi Art…


Images © 2014 Ed Buziak


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