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MENTOR ~~ Elizabeth St Hilaire Nelson

I spend at least an hour every day looking at artwork in various forms - I have diverse taste and find inspiration in a huge variety of objects. I thought that the Dog a Day community might enjoy seeing some of the things that knock me silly, so decided to periodically share a little brilliance from some of my mentors.

Above are 4 delightful paper paintings by Elizabeth St Hilaire Nelson. I've been stalking her artwork for several years now - I first fell in love with her peacocks and birds, then her cows, and most recently her dogs.

It amazes me how accurately Elizabeth builds form with collage. The subtlety in her values is uncanny, all achieved by careful choice and placement of torn bits of paper. And when you visit her website to see these pieces up closer, you'll also notice the textual content of the papers corresponds with the subject matter.

For artists like myself, who are looking to say more with less brushwork, collaging in this fashion is a great exercise in extracting the important elements of a composition. And yes, it's obvious that my "Rusty" was very much inspired by her technique. (Thanks again, Elizabeth!)

If you are at all interested in the art of collage, I highly recommend her DVD. And her book. And simply studying what she's posted on her website and blog.

What do you think? shouldn't Elizabeth be doing commissioned portraits?

Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork and musings with your friends and family.

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PLEASE NOTE that all artwork on my website is copyright protected and reproduced with the permission of the author/artist. That's not just the case here, but pretty much everywhere else on the internet too. Ask before taking - I do !!


  1. Hi Kim, thanks so much for including my Paper Paintings on your blog! I am thrilled with your kindness and generosity. Your blog is wonderful and so is your work, I love the way you infuse so much color into your dogs. I live for color, if you ever saw me in person, you would see that in my fashion sense as well. :) Thanks again for being so generous!

  2. I love your color sense - you introduced me to Fleuvogs! A woman with color sense AND good shoes should never be underestimated!!


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