Torn paper collage is my newest passion. It's more meditative than any other art form I've experienced, and it is imperfect by design. Thousands of pieces come together to create something beautiful and meaningful - what an amazing thing.
Like most things, the beginning is important. It is from a solid foundation the most stable building arise. Before I lay out any paper or start to tear and glue, I sketch. For torn paper, I want to capture basic shapes and differences in light and dark. These lines guide the placement of the pieces as I start with the background and then shape the face.
The beginning is my least favorite part. It's the part I see as my biggest opportunity for improvement. This practice for me is about more than art, however, and that's why I adore this medium. Like watercolor, tearing paper disqualifies precision. It is not entirely predictable or controllable. Letting go of expectations has been one of my great life lessons, and I am both honored and delighted that I can grow with people while I also offer them art that fills their hearts.
With this first step, I surrender to the process and allow art to happen. I work to do the same in my life.
As a grief artist, I move from hilarity to heartbreak and back again frequently, both with clients and with my own family. I cry a lot. I laugh a lot. Mostly I marvel at how full my life is and how honoring grief helps me see that.