it’s my second week of 52 weeks. this week i was asked to share pictures of the beginning stages of some of my paintings. so here are a few different pieces i have been working on recently.
i start by selecting the paper that will be my background. this is the time that i am carefully considering the colors i would like to use in my painting. for this particular painting, i chose purple, turquoise, yellow, gray, and green. at this point, i already have an idea of what the painting will be. this painting i already know i want to be an orchid.
and here is what the canvas looks like after i adhere the paper to the canvas. at this point in time, it almost looks like a quilt.
and this is what the final product looks like. you can see from this picture that i repeat the same colors from the paper with my paints.
here is a picture of an altered book i am working on right now. an altered book is when you take an old book and alter it with collage and painting. the end product is a book that is a piece of art. kind of cool, huh? i found this old library book at a salvation army. i am going to use this book almost like a journal. i will use it mostly for personal use. and i am thinking about teaching classes on how to make these for yourselves.
on the inside of the book, you cover the pages with gesso before you start painting.
you can also collage over the pages to make a background. you will have to wait to see what the altered book looks like as an end product.