Saturday, August 6, 2011

New Photo Collage Painting . . .

"Seek Truth"
mixed media on 12x12 gallery wrapped canvas

I was pretty excited to share this painting and had to post it today! It felt really good getting back to combining my photography with mixed media. I used my tree photo that I shared for texture tuesday last week as well as its inverted image. Thought you would like to see how this came alive so here are a couple of photos showing its first stages. . .

This is how I laid down the collage. I really didn't know where it would go at this point but it took me a few minutes to find placement I was happy with. I printed out the photos on regular printer paper in black and white. And I used mod podge to glue all of them down. I am loving mod podge for collage!

This next photo is not great but I am still trying to figure out how to take good shots of my artwork! Typically I scan them but the size of this canvas prevented me from doing so. At this point I have added washes of burnt sienna and quinacridone nickel azo gold fluid acrylics. I also added some stamping as an attempt to incorporate my images into the background.

This was at the point I was scared to ruin the painting. The ugly stage almost stalled me out. But next I added payne's gray in different areas as you can see from the completed piece. I really love that color with the orange and yellow tones of the other colors. I also added more stamping with my favorite dogwood tree stamp and stenciled the butterflies on with the payne's gray. Lastly I used my caran d'ache crayons for shading. I like to use them dry and just scrub them out with a dry brush. The trees I extended down the canvas using a black pitt pen.

I feel very connected to this piece. The colors look dark yet dreamy and when I incorporate my photography it feels like there is more of me in there.

Hope you guys like it too!


  1. My goodness this is fabulous. So serene and the color is on point. I love the title as well, Seek Truth is what I am working on in my life... dreamy, is dreamy.

  2. This is fantastic and thanks for sharing your process.

  3. Yep! You know I like it!...And now I 'sorta' know how you did it! Thanks for sharing! :-]

  4. Love it!
    Fun seeing the build up of items, to the final product. Always amazing (even when I am making something) how it goes from simple to deep and intricate!


  5. Hi Cathy,
    "Seek Truth" is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your creative process on this piece.

  6. I am absolutely loving your techniques here - what an amazing style!
    This is one gorgeous piece xx

  7. I love this Cathy - has a real vintage feel about it. Thanks for sharing the progress of it too. It's great to see how other folk make their art.

  8. This is simply BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE everything about it.