I made these nine 8″x8″ collages by first painting a series of solid collage papers in a range of grays from black to white. Then I first did three collages using only the black and white papers. Next I did two collages with only black, white and a mid-tone gray to explore how that gray looked different next to black, or next to white, even though it was exactly the same color. Finally, I allowed myself to use the whole range of values for four more collages, and the possibilities seemed endless, even within these constraints.
This was a fun exercise. As someone who is so devoted to color, I feel it is important in my work to eliminate color from time to time to explore and develop other things like composition, movement, value relationships, and structure.