Text and photographs are © by Ellen Spector Platt & Ellen Zachos, all rights reserved.

Monday, June 10, 2013


Collage on canvas, photos, acrylic, pressed leaves © ellen spector platt, all rights reserved.

Not The High Line Park, but my collage version made from 37 images I captured during 15 visits in different seasons starting in 2009. I select, print on plain acid free paper and cut out features that I want to include.
Starting with more images than I think I need I lay out the picture, below in its first approximation.
Then add more images,
including a man stooping down on the right, photographing hydrangea and tracks leading into the picture enhancing the  perspective. Nothing is glued yet.
Move the man to the left, add a boy to the right, more Liatris on the left.
Dab the canvas with blue acrylic paint using a dry paper towel. Glue down the skyline starting from the top overlapping as I go, then the rest of the images. Note below, both the boy and the man have been edited out. This skyline is my own, reconfigured from buildings I see from this fabulous walkway. The flowers I include don't all bloom simultaneously.
I add pressed leaves of Northern sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) because they grow on The High Line. These come from my own garden of course. In the lower third, I add more images coated in acrylic gel medium crushed into 3D elements. See what I mean in the finished piece at the top.


Anonymous said...

How beautiful! Thank you for sharing the process. Your creativity and pleasure in the creating shine through.

Ellen Zachos said...

really great, O.E.!

clairesgarden said...

that is fascinating, and very good of you to share the journey of its making.

Ellen Spector Platt said...

thanks all;you might feel how much fun I have creating the piece.

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