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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, July 4, 2014


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.

4 comments:

CrimsonLeaves said...

Another super strong portrait piece, Barb. I do not know how you do it but then you are an artist extraordinaire. I love this!

Vicki Greene said...

Excellent portrait! This certainly is a "trash to treasure" story.

lesliepaints said...

Wonderful! I love this that you are doing!

Katherine Thomas said...

This is very cool! Wow! I love the look of the collage, but it's really hard to achieve, isn't it? I haven't ventured there yet, myself, but I really love seeing others turn out such amazing, exciting, creative pieces. This is exquisite!