Find Your Quiet Place - torn paper collage

Find Your Quiet Place – Torn-Paper Collage

If you sense turbulence around the edges of this collage, you’re right. It was one of those days when the world seemed to tilt just enough to feel off-balance. A day when I should stop following the daily headlines, and just find my “quiet place.”

And so I did, in this collage.

The word “welcome” and the lighthouse are about that sense of calm. For me, New England and the beach – or at least a view of the ocean – give me a sense of stability and… well, the word I’d use is “limitless.”

That’s a feeling of space. The wide-open space I need to rediscover – and be – myself. The bracing salt air, the choppy waves in the distance, and the comfort of seagulls walking alongside me.

It’s where I feel most at home.

The images in this collage are also about textures and contrasts and variety. I drew some vertical lines for a sense of stability. And, of course, the words “keep calm” were a good message, if only to myself.

In the current series, this was the first collage that I actually signed. It was the one where I realized I’m creating art, here.

Size: 8.5″ x 11″

Materials: Poster board, torn magazine images and text, Yes Paste, metallic markers (for the lines).