Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Making Art Personal Through Images

 Just four weeks ago this was a blank canvas (48" x 36").
When someone asks me to " paint something for them", the question starts racing through my head: WHAT??.....Paint what?.....Not such a dilemma when you know the person well, as I did in this case.
Once the size & colours were agreed on I was pretty much left to make the subject decision myself.
I knew roads were a favourite with this person. My interpretation of this road is located very close to her birthplace of Cooma NSW. (Australia).
 First thing to do was cover the canvas with yellow acrylic, draw a basic composition for the road & the Poplar trees. Sort through the paper stash to find images of her hobbies, likes, memories & start tearing the suitable images to make a start.

 These papers become part of the grass, the colour of the knitted bits are the colour of the dry grasses around the Monaro.
 Sheep & wool were a part of her childhood living in the country.
 Filling in spaces with paint & torn paper collage. Trying to find suitable colours & textures for the composition.
 A visitor taking refuge from the rain.
The sky is becoming a mixture of blue sky images, fabric, feathers & knitting...... my favourite part so far. The yellow Poplars are standing tall reaching for the light.
 "We are all mad here"......not just the sheep!!
 The butterfly represents her new venture into sewing & creating her own business.
 "Blood Lines"= Family.
 All the images blend & complement each other to tell her story.
 Towards the end some of the images have been cut to give them more definition.
Layers of paper & paint all come together to create  this painting of happy memories, & maybe some
fun discovering the relevance of some images.


  1. really loved the process of this creation....you are such a clever girl!!...

    1. thank you....found images spark the memory, much the same as music.

  2. You did a very good piece here. Really love this collage page.



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