I found this sleepy little watercolour when cleaning out my studio. I didn't hate it enough to dispose of it but I didn't love it either. After alluring it with my own hand pulled mono print collage papers I am much happier.
Here's another example of using an oil painting sketch as an inspiration for collage. Acrylic paint used in a mono printing processes generates stunning one of a kind collage paper for the project.
Here, I am combining collage and oil portraiture hoping for a more contemporary somewhat edgy look.
Step two, adding colour.
Step three, painting out colour.
These Ladies from the Easter Parade are in progress and have reached a nice looking stage that makes it very tempting to stop. This is both the benefit and the downside of this technique. One is encouraged by the rather nice looking incomplete work but this can lead to a piece that is never fully realized in colour. I will consider my options. If they remain monochromatic I will at least do some tweaking.
Stages of Development
TWO MORE IMAGES FROM THE EASTER PARADE. These are from my embellished portrait series and incorporate gel and other surface treatments prior to a traditional application of oil paint.
The idea here was that doing a collage would be easier from a stylized painting that from life.
So the plan was to photograph, paint then collage.
Here it is. Step by step.
Just a thought...