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Thrift Store Purchase Inspires Collage Collaboration

Painted canvas purchased at Value Village, December 2021

Last December I bought a painted wooden canvas that an anonymous person had donated to Value Village. After studying it, I decided to follow some of the patterns of the paint swirls, adding tissue paper, thread, dots of acrylic paint, and handmade papers to the canvas.

Colourfish Swimming, 2022

For example, the dark purple shape in the top left quadrant of the substrate suggested the eye of an aquatic creature swimming among waving pink fronds and flowery fragments. Black thread made the imagined form of the creature, now called Colourfish, more discernible.

Detail from Colourfish Swimming, 2022

To the artist who gave their canvas to Value Village, thank you very much for your generosity! If you had never lavished the board with violet, lavender, pink, green, and apricot paint, the Colourfish would have been deprived of the habitat most suited to its playful temperament.

2 replies on “Thrift Store Purchase Inspires Collage Collaboration”

CATHERINE, THE PIECE WAS GIVEN ‘NEW LIFE’ BY YOUR ENHANCEMENT OF WHAT EXISTED. MANY WONDERFUL IMAGES COME INTO VIEW BY FOLLOWING THE JOURNEYS AND FLAIR. THANKS FOR SHARING.

SHELTON, I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE YOUR ENCOURAGING COMMENT ABOUT “COLOURFISH SWIMMING.” THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF THE JOURNEY OF THIS PIECE BY VIEWING IT! I BELIEVE THE CREATURE IN THE COLLAGE IS HAPPY TO HAVE BEEN MET WITH YOUR POSITIVE REGARD AND IS BLESSED BY YOUR GAZE.

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