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Contemporary collage artist creates a new figurative collage
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Fine Art Collage artist creates a figurative contemporary collage painting!

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Since becoming an artist I have created many figurative artworks. I am very excited that this current figurative artwork will be my first figurative contemporary collage painting. I am looking forward to creating a new fine art collage using contemporary art styles to depict a traditional artistic style.

This black and white study on greyed tone paper is done with charcoal, charcoal pencil, and white charcoal pencil. I imagine and then use parts of me in reality to pose for this girl sitting at a table looking forlornly at a mostly eaten apple and completely devoured banana.  

I have decided not to put a face on this figure because this way, more people can identify with her. I will be painting her face, later on, with gold paint.

I enjoy slanting and skewing some of the elements in this study. The table is awkwardly oval with curved sides. The bowl of fruit is irregular in a nice way. The figure is slanted and skewed in one direction. The window and sconces on either side of the window are crooked. Even the light emanating from the lit sconces is wavy and inexact.   

This canvas, 36” x 24”, is partially covered with sawdust planned for another painting which never materialized. I coat the canvas with a pink underpainting and am ready to go with my drawing.

I start at the bottom of the page and work upward. I am drawing with a paintbrush with medium valued blue paint. I am not using a pencil or any dry marking tool. Instead I draw with a brush by picking a point on my drawing and then determining the rise and run of this point. I can draw from point to point by measuring this way. It takes a long time to utilize this method. Interruptions are a bad thing at this point. What is the rise of a point? It is a measurement in inches of how high above the bottom of the paper the point is. A run is a measurement in inches of how far across (horizontally) the point is from either side.

Drawing the legs of the girl and the legs of the table and chair, became a challenge, but I feel I accomplished what I set out to do. I see the remainder of the drawing to be easier than this bottom part.  

Adding more detail to my new collage painting
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Fine art collage artist is adding some additional pieces to a new contemporary collage painting

Now I am “brave” enough to tackle the whole collage painting, so I begin to add paper to the right side. The same kind of tactics I used on the left side, I now use on the right side.

At the top of the collage painting above the door, I add thin strips of black paper to outline part of the storefront. I used this method as I created my new contemporary collage painting because it helps to ground the building so the eye does not escape past those black lines. As a fine art collage artist it is important to lead the viewer along the lines that tell the painting’s story.

More paper continues to be added to the flowers in the sidewalk flower pots. Green leaves and twigs are added.

After I have completed adding more paper to the collage painting, I add white paint to some parts of painting. Creating new collage paintings is always a back-and-forth process between different mediums. I learned this through studying underneath talented, famous fine art collage artists.
The flower pots get more defined flowers by the addition of white outlines of flowers and leaves. The door is painted white in some areas. The two right hand reflections receive a touch of white.

I also add grey paint to the white paper on the sidewalk. I like that it has been hidden because it attracted too much attention. Now there is just a hint of the texture which does not pull the eye there. Black paint is added to the shadow side of the lamp post.

More textured paper is added to the window in the door to make it look like it might be a screened door.

The biggest thing which is added in this step is the name of the gallery to which this door belongs. Two signs are made - one saying “Reflections” for the top of the door and another one saying, “Gallery” for the area just below the screen/window of the door. To make these signs, I printed on solid xerox paper the words for the signs. Then I placed sewing pattern tissue paper over top of the words. I traced the letters onto the tissue paper using a thin blue magic marker. Then I glued the letters with the tissue to the door.

More paper is added here and there until I am beginning to feel like I am nearing completion.

Adding collage paper to my newest contemporary collage painting
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Collage painting has many elements to it. Applying different mix media materials at different times can create completely new collage paintings. Being a fine art collage artist I love playing with this layering process in my contemporary collage painting.

I use all sorts of textured papers. I have fun glueing pieces of paper very randomly and quickly to the canvas. I follow somewhat the architectural lines, but at times I overlap my paper across two different areas. Sometimes I feel like I am “painting” with paper. I apply it like I have a paint-loaded brush that I quickly sweep on the color with great abandon. I apply glue to the canvas, quickly attach the paper, and then apply glue on top.

My favorite papers are becoming the tissue paper from sewing patterns which has a light yellowish cast to it. I also like purple tissue paper which creates a very dark tone to the canvas when applied with the gloss medium and varnish.  It makes a nice shadow area.

I add papers to the flowers. Some of it is yellow paper with holes punched in it. I also add red and purple tissue paper.

One of the most significant additions to the collage painting canvas in this step is the addition of gold foil paper. Hinges on the door, plus the flowers see the addition of gold foil. It adds a touch of sparkle. In addition, silver foil is added to the lamp post where the highlights will be on the base of it.  

I find some pink paper which is a different tone than the pink underpainting. I use that around the door frame in order to call attention to that area.

More paper is added all over the left side of the collage painting. The reason I am not yet working on the right side is that there is so much going on the left side, I would feel overwhelmed if I tried to work on the entire painting. I will leave the right side for another work session.

I apply a textured white square paper to the sidewalk.  In a later step I will cover that over because I feel that it attracts too much attention.

One thing which I decide at this point is the creation of some resting points for the eye. I generally leave most of the sidewalk plain without collage paper. Also the windows where the dark blue has been painted will receive very little paper.t6f I feel that it is a good thing to have some places to rest.  Otherwise the whole painting would become so busy that it would be difficult to look at it for any length of time.

Adding textures as a collage artist
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Collage artists have all been in positions of having to know when to stop the base layering and begin the textured layers that will be prominent in the final collage painting.

I, contemporary collage artist, find myself at this crossroad. I start adding layers and textured items to my new collage painting. As we begin to highlight segments I try to make use of different mixed media materials in differing sections of the new collage painting. Balance in important - otherwise the eyes will be stuck in one particular section and not wander - which, afterall, is the theme of my highway series.

During this process I try to add layers and materials that increase the amount of visual and textile textures. If there’s one thing I learned from the many fine art collage artists who I have studied under, it’s this - keep things interesting!

Self-made and manufactured collage papers are attached as well as colored papers and paper dollies painted violet.  A dark blue fluid acrylic is then used to make a spiral line around the center circle shape which goes out from the picture plane at bottom right.  Some of the sawdust protrusions within the center circle shape are topped off with an orangish red color, enough to add interest but not be distracting.

Additional light turquoise paint is washed over much of the painting.  Then a dark turquoise is added to two areas on the circle’s circumference.  Red-orange and orange fluid acrylic lines now travel around the circle. This paint is added in drops which often blend together into a solid line.  The tops of the ropes are lightly brushed with orange paint. It is more visible on the dark blue pieces. I try to maintain the lettering of “No Place To Go”.

In the close-up that I have placed in this blog you can see all the fun textures created from papers and colorful paints. A close-up view shows a lot more going on here than meets the eye from a distance.

As a contemporary collage artist - I’m still having fun. I hope you have enjoyed the read. Until next time!

Placing the Collage Painting pieces together
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As the collage painting begins to take shape I now have the pleasure of placing the mixed media materials onto the new canvas. Many fine art collage artists and contemporary collage artists use this period of assembly to define their edges and place the “story” of their collage painting on paper.

One of my favorite mixed media materials to work with as a contemporary collage artist is rope. Collage artists use rope to direct viewer’s eyes and to set the horizontal and vertical perspectives.

I have been looking at these huge pieces of rope which I acquired some time ago, wanting to use them in a painting.  Some of the rope is larger in diameter than a man’s thumb. It’s hard to tell what this rope might be used for. It might be used on boats and docks.  It couldn’t be for rock climbing because it is so large and heavy. Anyway, I decide to use it here. I collect samples of different rope sizes. I want to glue the pieces down next to each other in increasing rope sizes.  So this is what I have done on the left side of the painting. I begin with a very small diameter rope on the left and then continue to build up the sizes of the ropes as I moved towards the center of the painting. There are seven rows of different rope sizes here.  I also add a few rows on the right side of the painting in order to balance out the composition.

What a hard time I have glueing the ropes down to the sides of the canvas which is 2.5 inches deep.  The ropes do not bend easily at a right angle to the front surface of the painting. I end up slicing part way through the rope on the underside just where it begins to bend onto the side of the canvas.  After glueing with gloss medium and varnish, I tape down these ropes really well with artists tape. I let dry overnight before removing the tape. The result? Perfect.

Once the rope pieces are placed and dried I commence filling in the background with turquoise. The main circular shape is painted with a light turquoise, then warmed up with yellow and apricot colors.  The background is also warmed with a dark, rusty red. Black lines define the inner track running horizontally across the painting.  Finally the thinner ropes are painted a light turquoise and the larger ropes are painted a dark turquoise.

Collage art creation has sped up and now the new piece is starting to come together!

The Beginning of a Collage Artists creation
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In creating a new collage artwork I always like to visualize the layering of the mixed media materials before I place them on canvas. Painting in contemporary collage art allows me to utilize my creativity and spontaneity from conception to execution.

A simple value study is created with compressed charcoal, charcoal pencil and white charcoal pencil.  I like the lines and shapes and think it is simple enough to be a good candidate for an interesting contemporary collage painting. I decide arbitrarily to make this painting 24” x 36”.

After i have decided on the basic format of my new mixed media collage painting I begin to draw out the primary sketch on canvas. Flowing and easy-going lines and shapes are achieved in this step. I want these elements to be free and easy to look at and not stand out in an unusual way.

There is some overlapping of shapes and there are 3 stacks (or layers) in this particular painting. The 3 stacks look very much like highways stacked one upon the other. In real life, some highways can sport 5 stacks, but that is about the limit on the number of layers in a highway system. Three stacks is probably the limit in what I can successfully do in a painting. I want my painting, to have simple, yet bold shapes without being too intricate. I think this drawing will achieve this.

As the lines and shapes begin to take rudimentary shape on the canvas I get excited about the new contemporary collage artwork that I am creating. Fine art collage requires a step-by-step process of creation and I am thrilled to begin this process once again!

Collage artists' mixed media piece On the Straight and Narrow

Collage Painting Inspirations by a Collage Artist

“On the Straight and Narrow” speaks about falling into line, staying there, and not getting off track. It’s easy to veer off the beaten track and lose sight of where we are going. In this piece the dotted magenta lines show the way while large dark green “bushes” line the roadway.  There is no break in these bushes. All the more reason to stay on the straight and narrow.

Creating the mixed media imagery behind this collage artwork was an interesting experience. One of the questions I had to answer as a collage artist is how to incorporate abstract art lines while maintaining the perspective of a dotted line along the road.

I used circular lines contained within mixed media art materials to create the “bushes” and placed these “bushes” at intervals beginning in the front of the collage painting, working backward slowly, shrinking the “bushes” with each circle until I developed an perspective of retreat.

With this my collage painting had perspective and my dotted line keeps the viewer centered “on the straight and narrow”.

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Merging Heart and Soul - Collage artists' painting inspirations
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Using mixed media materials to create my collage art allows me to express feelings and how I seek to interact artwork with greater ideas of our existence.

Collage artists have the unique opportunity to use various materials to create their vision and statement on canvas. I limit myself to a handful of items that I like to incorporate into each mixed media collage. These include but are not limited to string, acrylic paint, twine, and paper.

“Merging Heart and Soul” is a blend of blue hearts and one pink heart amongst the blue spiral representing our soul.  The hearts appear to be drawn in by the soul because that is where they need to be. The heart and soul need to be together as one.  Why? It is the same as trying to separate the body from the mind. It can not be done. This painting gives permission for the heart and soul to combine.

I hope you enjoyed reading about the inspiration behind my collage art piece!

Collage artists' thoughts on a mixed media artwork
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Passages through life, through experiences, and through everyday tasks never go as planned. Wouldn’t it be nice if the way could be free and clear to pursue our desires and dreams. We could slip past all of our bad and unfortunate moments.

Being a collage artist allows me to construct artworks that speak to my desires and speak to my thoughts. Using mixed media art as my genre of collage art has enabled me to not only delve into thinking about the “greater things”. but it has also allowed me to have fun.

“Right of Way” shows a road passing by a circular path of multiple red colors. This blue-green road has the right of way and simply goes past all of the rest. In this collage artwork I chose to use string and contrasting colors to emphasis the “right of way”. This use of mixed media materials in my collage painting has allowed me to explore different avenues of expressing my thoughts on canvas.

All finished - Shortcut to the Party

A collage artists journey to creating a new artwork!

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The final steps of creating a collage painting is always interesting. As collage artists, this is when you place the finishing touches of mixed media materials. These tend to be the looser items that create the collage painting’s final texture and “feel”.

These can also be any mixed media materials that were left lying around the studio and were not used up during the earlier stages of the painting’s creation.

In this particular collage painting I wanted to add fringe to create a 2D/3D texture. To make the frilly fringe, a piece of kite string painted light purple is strung with strong, gold-colored thread. A crochet hook is used to loop the thread onto the purple string. The fringe is securely attached with gloss medium and varnish.  It is fun to swish this around with one’s hand, truly making this an interactive piece.

Another line of shorter fringe is added on the right side, by securely attaching it in the same manner as above. Short strands of orange string are scattered and glued down here and there.

Finally, a small party hat with diagonal, bright, yellow and blue stripes is attached to the surface. It is made with painted canvas and is trimmed at the bottom with a strip of blue painted canvas. This hat even has a small tassle on top.

It’s a Shortcut to the Party! This painting is ready to take you on a speedy shortcut to the party where confetti, fringe and hat create a festive mood. Have a party and please touch the fringe!

Collage artists have all the fun!

Now we start painting the mixed media collage. I always relish this stage in the process. As an collage artist that uses mixed media materials, once the foundational materials have been laid now I get to have fun playing with colors.

But don’t be dismayed! We are not finished adding materials! We’re simply using paint and materials together.

Green and yellow-green are added to the remaining parts of the paths within the collage painting.  Then twine is carefully painted with a light purple, a color with little chroma. Now that we have some paint on the canvas lets add some more fun mixed media materials.

Confetti dots are made by punching holes in different colors of yellow, orange, and red-orange papers. Shiny gold and metallic red papers are cut into small pieces with scissors. To adhere these small pieces to the canvas, a coat of gloss medium and varnish is spread over the areas to be covered with the confetti. It is then sprinkled randomly around the canvas in the glued areas. The dots and pieces are gently pressed onto the surface to make sure they stick well.

We’re making progress and having fun! I love being a mixed media collage artist!

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Collage Painting adds color and starts to take shape
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Once we have set our foundation to the collage painting I feel as if the mixed media art is beginning to form into its own unique work of art. It is at this time that my collage artists instinct kicks in and I decide what and how this collage painting will be colored.

Creating mixed media art with collage is more than simply adding mixed media materials to canvas and calling it a day. Collage artists have to envision how untraditional materials will interact with traditional materials such as paint and canvas.

In the next two steps of creating a mixed media collage I begin the process of adding my color scheme. An analogous color scheme is planned of blue, green and yellow.  A dark blue is first painted in the areas marked with xxx’s. I use these x’s to demarcate areas that will receive particular paints.

Next I add the contrasting colors to the collage painting by mixing cadmium yellow with sun gold to dilute the intensity of the yellow. It is then painted on some areas of the pathways.

With these two steps I have began the process of paining the collage and creating a collage painting!

Collage Painting begins to take shape
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Collage painting starts to take shape as mixed media materials are added

As I begin the process of laying the mixed media materials on my collage painting, I can begin to see the painting take shape. One of my goals as a mixed media artist who paints collage painting is to ensure that the layers of materials are placed in such a way as to create a flow around which the viewers eyes can navigate the painting.

This flow and navigation is even more important as my themes surround highways and the ways in which we travel.

STEP #5 - Close-up

A close-up of the extra materials added to the canvas - burlap, twine, gel medium and rubber mat.  My purpose in adding these mixed media materials to my collage painting is to create a texture that protrudes from the canvas.

STEP #6 - White gesso

After the materials are placed I cover the entire canvas with white gesso so that paint can be applied with less difficulty.  The of applying gesso is to preserve the shapes and texture after I apply the paint.

We have now graduated from placing the foundational mixed media materials onto the canvas and have set a good base of gesso onto which we can apply paint.

Painting the collage is to come!

Collage Artist discusses next steps in my new painting
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The key to creating a collage piece is layering different textures to create a flowing movement. Creating collage art in the mixed media format is fun because I get to use different materials to create my collage artworks.

STEP #3   Close-up

This is a close-up of the burlap. When first applying burlap I am aware that the viewer has to find purpose in all the collage art pieces I have placed. The small pieces of burlap are glued to the path with gloss medium and varnish and the two spaces between the burlap are the deep tracks made by a car driving through damp soil. The car leaves tracks in the mud as it tries to make its way to the party event.

STEP #4  Other Textures Collaged

Other textures are added to several more pathways for the art viewer to follow. A white gel medium is added to one path with a palette knife. Then it is spread with a piece of cardboard to leave peaks of gel all over the area.

Another path on the far right is covered with a bumpy, rubbery material often used under throw rugs to keep them in place.  This material is measured and cut to fit the path and the excess is glued to the sides of the canvas. More twine is glued in place.

So far I have just started my media media artwork. As a collage artists I can’t wait to continue placing new materials and advancing the artwork to showcase the journey, both figuratively and literally.

Mixed Media Artist Creations - Shortcut to the Party
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Well - I’m back at it again - creating mixed media collages from scrap, sometimes with scrap!

I love sharing my creative process as I feel it connects art collectors with the artwork itself. To see the mixed media artwork evolve and come into being enhances the understanding of how collage and art mix together.

Over the next few weeks I will share my creative process as I create my newest mixed media collage artwork - Shortcut To The Party. Enjoy!

Everyone wants to get to the party on time or even earlier if possible - not wanting to miss out on the fun. This painting takes one on a shortcut to the party where there are frills and flashy confetti and a party hat for those who dare to wear it. This mixed media painting allows participation in the party by encouraging one’s interaction with it.

STEP #1  Charcoal Drawing on Canvas

This first step is to show multiple pathways in and around the painting. I enjoy using multiple mixed media art materials to accomplish this and as I develop this collage painting these will come out in greater and greater numbers. One pathway may be a shortcut or perhaps all of the pathways can direct a party goer quickly.

As I start to lay out the patterns of my new collage painting, these paths are drawn with a charcoal pencil. The background areas are marked with triple xxx’s.

STEP #2   Collaging Begins

Now the fun starts as I being using mixed media materials to lay down the foundations of my new collage. The first pathway is completed with pieces of burlap. It defines this road with tracks following the curve up and around.  Twine is also placed parallel to another path.

That’s it for now! Be sure to follow my social media and check back in with my blog to see how this new mixed media collage painting evolves!

Mixed Media Artist Inspiration - Collision
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Collage painting involves planning, vision, and methodology. Placing the right mixed media pieces together at the right time determines the final product and how that product relates to an artists’ original inspiration. In sharing the inspirations behind my mixed media artworks I hope to shed light on how these pieces became a final work of mixed media art!

“Collision” is a colossal impact of three orbs of different sizes and strengths.  The jute which defines the centers of these orbs tries to keep the impact from happening.  But it is to be. The impact takes place. These orbs are so strong that none split apart nor absorb the other ones.  They remain whole and do not lose their shape. None of them are compromised. Yet this is what is necessary when forces or opinions or cultures collide.  There needs to be some compromise, some way of coming together and softly molding each other to fit the others’ shapes and desires.

Mixed Media Artist Inspiration - Darting To and Fro #2
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I consider being a mixed media artist a blessing. Visualizing artworks that only I see is an incredible experience. And putting these visions on paper is even better! I have many inspirations for my mixed media collage artworks. Many of my current acrylics revolve around pathways and journeys.

“Darting To and Fro #2” has four pathways darting about the picture plane. They all point inward because the reachable goal is the same for all the arrowed paths. Each way can dart about the field searching. Interesting collage work decorate each one with textures of circles, spirals and crescent shapes. It is colorless in order to show no favoritism for any one of the arrows - no color becomes more important than another.

Come see my art during the Annual Moab Artists' Studio Tour
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Dates: Sat. Sept. 1st; Sun. Sept. 2nd and Sat. Sept. 8th, 2018
Times: 10 am to 4 pm Each day
Artists participating: 12 in Moab and Castle Valley, Utah
Our 15th Annual Studio Tour
For maps of locations of studios go to moabstudiotour.com.

Come see my latest mixed media collage paintings during the three days of the Moab Artists' Studio Tour.

Adding more collage pieces, but not finished yet - mixed media artist
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Collage painting as a mixed media artist means sometimes adding, adding, and adding more!

One of the perks of being a mixed media artist is that when I am creating my mixed media collage paintings there is a definite step-by-step process - a layering of material that alters the piece. In the next 2 steps of my newest creation - Languorous I delve into the nuanced touches that I place on the collage painting.

In the next 2 steps of the creation of my mixed media collage, I start adding new collage pieces and try to see how they fit - like an imperfect puzzle. First I rotate the painting clockwise 90 degrees. I do this after experimenting with various angles rotating 90 degrees is most satisfying to me. After I rotate my mixed media collage painting I now see things from a different perspective so I add more collage pieces to give it even more texture than it previously had. In addition to adding more collage pieces to my painting, three dimensional white pieces in crescent shapes were also glued down.  Once I take a step back I take a look at the evolution of my collage painting and add netting and other materials to solidify the texture. I am finally becoming pleased with my painting.

Even though I think I am finished, I am not.  I return to my original black and white sketch. Here I can see evidence of an irregular square shape superimposed on the canvas. I want to include that and continue the corners of the square onto the sides of the canvas.  With a 4 foot long ruler, I measure the boundaries of the square and mark with a pencil, then I begin to paint. After painting 2 corners I stop to see how I am progressing and I like the initial work.

The creative process of a mixed media artist is one of trial and error and adjustments. As Languorous evolves into a finished pieces this process of collage creation once again repeats itself!

Taking my mixed media art piece "Languorous" in a new direction - steps 11 and 12
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Sometimes a mixed media artist finds inspiration in unusual places, after a supernatural dream I decide to take my abstract collage piece in a new direction

I had a dream last night. My mixed media collage painting saw a ghost and turned white. I was led into a discussion with myself about the pros and cons of doing something I had never done before as a mixed media artist. What did I have to lose? Why not? Oh, go ahead and do it. If I ask the question, then why not answer affirmatively? Like it or not, the ghost painter was on a mission - to reinterpret what this mixed media artist had already done. So, I mixed some heavy gesso with lots of water to make a thin white paint. Then I white washed the entire abstract collage painting from top to bottom, by carefully painting over the mixed media art piece in sections, sometimes blotting up excess paint with a paper towel. I quickly finished my ghostly deed. I liked it. Subtle and expressive, the details showed more than ever before. My original concept for this mixed media collage had changed, but I didn’t care. I liked the new concept of slowness.

I add circles with thick white paint. Some have well defined edges and others have edges which blend into the background of the abstract collage. I enjoy making these circles and filling them in with white. I rotate the collage painting 180 degrees to see how that orientation might look.