Jessica and the Girls
18x24 Torn Paper Collage Portrait Commission
This commission has been my January project working from a photo supplied by the client of some of her family members. I added personal touches of names, birthdays, and favorite songs. Here is how I began with a permanent ink marker on white canvas.
I have an affordable artbyte tutorial about the collage process on Daily Paintworks or you can click the icon at the side of the blog. I gave a demo/talk using this collage for the Irving Art Association monthly meeting January 28.
I have enjoyed seeing posts on Facebook of artists working spaces and studios. I've spent some time getting my studio in order for the year. It may not look organized to you but to me it is a big improvement. I have shelves around the room with paints but the watercolors are in my entry hall waiting for a spot somewhere. The journals are in the living room. This is a small bedroom but it does have a southern exposure and if I want to use an easel I'll probably head to the kitchen. I did work on the collage on an easel in the kitchen so I guess the bedroom studio will be where I'll sit and work on oil and acrylic paintings. I like to journal in the kitchen so I guess you'd say I sleep and eat in my studio as most rooms are art related. I have one very disorganized bedroom I refer to as the "study" full of books and that is a future project getting all of them on shelves. Work in the study only lasts until I pick up an art book, find how interesting it is, and spend the clean up time, looking at it being amazed all over again.
Behind that closet door is more blank canvases and boards and some in the hall bathroom. I wonder what was I thinking when I placed orders? (That Jerry or Joe may go out of business...no not with me around.) Paintings on the walls are by Robert Burridge, some of mine, some from friends, Ted Nuttall print, and Dan Burt.
The book I illustrated in watercolor is now available on Amazon, Dreams of the Turtle King, by Denise Bossarte.
My congratulations to all the artists who participated in the Leslie Saeta 30/30 challenge in January. You have my respect. I wanted to join you but never felt like I had the "go-ahead" and now as I look back over my January it was the right decision.
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