Okay, I have 2 pieces to show today and kind of a lesson to not fall in love with your layers. I usually have a plan in mind when I make my art, but sometimes I'm willing to let go of that plan.
So here's how it all started (this is pretty much how I start my pieces)--
....paper love--and these were all vintage papers--book pages, ledger pages, a map, some wallpaper, and even a handwritten letter (a thing of the past anymore)
So the first thing I did was randomly collage the papers on this 6 x 12 canvas..
And then I found a photo reference (keeping the theme in mind)--a cover of a 1930 Modern Priscilla magazine--
Here's where my plan started changing--as you can see, I was trying to keep those great papers peeking through the painting, but as I kept going--it just didn't work out that way--
I basically let my muse take over, and ended up very happy with it--I'm the only one that knows that those papers are under there, and I kind of like that.
So I tried it again--
This time I decided to go a little heavier with the paint, and I love the effect I got by applying the paint with a credit card and a brayer.
But again, my plan changed--
and boy, I Really changed this one--it doesn't even have the colors that I started out with--but I'm so glad that I got my mind out of the way, and just started painting.
Lots of texture on this one--
...molding paste on the flowers
the pears were collaged on (using the handwritten letter) and then I added paint to them, but you can still see some of the original writing. The only thing left on this piece from the original background is the little butterfly next to the leaves.
So when you're making art, the lesson would be--don't stop until you're in love with what you've done, remembering that it's only paint, and it can be covered up--and an added bonus--the more layers, the cooler the end result.