Torn Paper Collage Painting 20x16 on gallery wrapped canvas
Collage Commission first steps
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I'm calling this a collage? And not a piece of paper glued on it? Well, this is the first stages for this torn paper collage commission after drawing it off. A Texas art collector wants a portrait collage from a beautiful photograph of her daughter and her horse and it is a great subject and composition. Who wouldn't want to attempt this?
I've painted with acrylics with a thin, foundational layer of paint, rather loosely with little detail and this will help me with the paper gluing road map. Come back for the next stage. I'll probably start with the blouse. It looks like fun and I won't work on the face until I get in the rhythm of gluing and my confidence builds a little and this happens on each new collage. The question each time will come in my head about can I really do this or not..not pleasant but it happens often. Next will be to paint and design some paper to use in the blouse area. The client left it up to me to decide if I wanted to do magazine papers or hand painted papers and since she wanted to use colors similar to what were in the photo, I've decided to go with painting my own papers.
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