At the Outsider Art Fair, we came across a booth from Main Street Gallery in Milwaukee, Wiscobnsin, featuring collage work by Della Wells. Among many other attributes, her use of torn and cut paper was a marvel, putting together all manner of shades of greens, blues, yellows, reds as the backbone of her collages, like this one, “if they peer in my house, Matisse”:
When I got home, I flipped through magazines to find fields of color, and I’m here to tell you it ain’t easy. To create the effect Wells does, you’ve got to collect, collect, collect. I’m not a collector, and my small stack of magazines yielded . . . not much. But perhaps that constraint is itself worth something: to “make do” with what you have on hand.
Bohuslav Martinů: Rhapsody Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
Credits: The source for the image of the Della Wells collage may be found here. The remainder of the images and underlying collages are mine.