Friday, July 4, 2014
Visionary: Mixed-Media Portrait
Happy Fourth Of July, everyone! Enjoy this day of celebration for America's independence.
My new painting, "Visionary", is another experiment in mixed-media. The painting is 16" x 12" and is done over another discarded painting from the "archives!"
I first tore text areas from a magazine and collaged them over the old painting which was done on 140 lb. cold-pressed Arches watercolor paper. I stamped and painted textures on white tissue paper with white Gesso. I used rubber shelf paper for the stamping, and the rest of the designs were hand painted. I then tore shapes from the tissue paper and collaged those on top of the magazine text. I did this at random - paying no attention to where the various textures were going to be in the final composition. I used matte acrylic medium as my collage medium.
When this dried, I drew the image on top of the collage with an HB pencil and painted the image in transparent watercolor. I added a few areas of white to the beard with block-out white to finish. I did not use colored pencil on this as I did on the first. I love the way the stamped and collage images show through the watercolor.