I have 4 acrylic paintings on the go right now, and three of them will have a silhouette of a human figure on them. I’m hoping that doing 4 paintings simultaneously will help me be able to set a painting aside when it needs to dry, or simply stop and pause, so that I can come back to it with a different perspective. I think that one of them might be done.
I started out by putting a whole map onto a 20″ x 30″ painted canvas. I then printed out a mannequin figure onto an Overhead Projection Sheet, cut the figure out, and used matte medium to adhere it to the map-covered canvas. My intention here is that when I pull the figure off the canvas, the map will show through, in the shape of the figure.
I began putting down layers of paint and assorted papers and ephemera, and painting over and around each and every thing. I planned to pull off some of the items and the color from underneath would then be visible. This kind of worked, but not exactly as I had planned.
While I was adhering things to the canvas I put medium both underneath and overtop the items. Not a good idea. If you do this, make sure that you only put medium ON TOP of the item you intend to remove. When I pulled things off, often the paper from underneath pulled off as well. But maybe that’s because I didn’t wait long enough for everything to dry, I’m not really sure.
Some Close Ups:
The building on the next picture is from a silk scarf from France, that I got in a second-hand store:
More color, paper, and overpainting:
I’ve pulled off the figure, plus an assortment of covered areas:
This is what the figure looked like after I pulled it off the canvas; I’ll probably use it in another painting.
Some detail on the Left-hand side that I really like:
This is some paper lace that I’d stuck down and then pulled off. Again, I’ll save this for use on another piece of art:
Here’s where the lace was before I pulled it off:
Here’s the final piece. I’ve given it a glaze, to unify the colors, and burnished back the glaze in spots that I want to highlight. I simply can’t get a good photo of it, I keep getting glare. This is the same piece, using 3 different “flash” settings on my little point-and-click camera. It looks like it’s 3 different colors……….sigh…….I’ve got to say that it looks WAY better in real life than it does in these pathetic photos.