How can I turn the view from Sam mountain that was so big and atmospheric into a collage that needs to be less than 20 x 20 cm and has just three colours????.
I squint at the photo and try to see the critical elements and the way they interact together, straight lines and wobbly lines, colours and texture. I try to decide where to use cut paper or torn paper.
Tearing is good for the sky whereas I think cutting gives the feel for the reflection in the flooded fields. Tearing also has the big drawback that it's very uncontrollable. I need tiny strips of paper and they move every time I breath.
I cannot lay them out to check if they look good or if they are the right shape as they will not stay still. So I glue as I go along getting stickier and stickier.
Perhaps I should have just put glue all over the background rather than on the strips. Too late for that now. But I quite like the flexibility and stickiness of one strip at a time. Finished result a slice of the view from Sam mountain.