Star By Star – Collaging The Night Sky

Posted on August 24, 2016 by Erin Hughes | 0 comments

Davis and I spend many evenings moon and star gazing as well as watching the magnificent sunsets here in the desert southwest. The Tucson skies rarely disappoint in providing endless photo-ops that I then turn to for collage inspiration. 

This summer a brief sunset during a rainstorm caught my eye and emerged on paper as this:

And last night I finally finished laying down stars in a desert night sky that features a storied inhabitant of the Sonoran Desert, the magnificent saguaro.


 I am so grateful for the Tucson skies and surrounding desert for all of the beauty and inspiration they provide me. 

Posted in Collage, Creating Art, Inspiration, Night Sky, Saguaro Cactus, Sonoran Desert, Stars, Sunset, Tucson

Creating Art with Davis – Collaging the Summer Rainstorms

Posted on June 07, 2015 by Erin Hughes | 0 comments

Sometimes when I am collaging or drawing, my son, Davis, will want to create art side-by-side with me. I often collage while sitting on the floor of my home studio/office so there is plenty of room for Davis to join me. My deep love of decorative and handmade papers means there is always an abundance of collage materials and I keep a good stock of non-toxic adhesives on hand. Add in a couple of pairs of scissors and we are ready to create some art! Sometimes Davis will collage based on the same theme I am working on such as when we created side-by-side pieces inspired by the summer rainstorms here in Tucson. Below you can see the piece Davis made (I have this one hanging next to my desk).

And the one I created.

At other times Davis launches himself into intricate drawings of irrigation systems or diagrams of how storm water drains here in the desert, subjects I have never thought to tackle! Our styles are very different and I love to watch him create and express himself through art. 

Posted in Collage, Creating Art, Greeting Cards, Kids, Sonoran Desert, Tucson