Timeout for Art: Zig-Zag


When putting collages together, I have a few “tools” that find their way regularly into my work. Of course, I consider balance within the composition and the colors used. I like the mix of organic and geometric shapes, torn edges and straight edges, man-made and machine-made elements. While some sections remain very clean and crisp, I also appreciate the added dimension contributed by smudging an area.

Placement of colors and shapes works to guide the viewer around the surface. Some elements encourage the eyes to move from one area to another. Some areas invite closer inspection, or give the eyes a place to rest; others shout, “look at me!”

I balance large blocks of color with smaller details. Often, I use portions of my own painted papers, juxtaposed with bits of manufactured pattern or lettering. I often use strips of paper, marching in a row, to ease transitions from one area to another.

Zig-zags function in a similar way, and also act like arrows, pointing the way back from the edge. It’s a good thing! If zig-zags weren’t so useful to me, in assembling collages, I might have been hard pressed to come up with an art topic for the letter Z!


About cindyricksgers

I am an artist. I live on an island in northern Lake Michigan, USA. I have two grown daughters, four strong, smart and handsome grandsons and one beautiful, intelligent and charming granddaughter. I live with two spoiled dogs. I love walking in the woods around my home, reading, writing and playing in my studio.

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    • Oh, Martha, thank you for these kind comments. I’m sure you know that some of the decisions are thought of and aimed for as I work; others become evident afterward. Those often seem the most magical. I take credit for them anyway, chalking it up to intuitive action!

  1. I looked up three of the German words in the printed sheet which are so apropos! Header: Zeichnungs = Drawings, Bemerkungen = Remarks, Gesamtwert = Total Value Invaluable, in my opinion!

    • Oh, Laura, that is so interesting! Though I have German heritage, I don’t speak the language. That page, and other similar ones, were the stuffing in an old album my daughter found for me at a garage sale. The photos in the album were from a young soldier’s tour of Germany in the late 1940s. I have used all elements of the album in my collages and drawings for several years.

      • That is so cool that you’ve made use of it all! Also, my intention today is to respond to a question you asked me in January. I’m gonna email it because it doesn’t need to be posted here. Happy Day to you!

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