Inspiration for this painting and from a journal I keep handy. At first, I used it to clean excess paint from my brush, or to make a record of the paint I was using on a particular project. Then I began to experiment and it was a wonderful method of taking risks and making explorations into all areas of art. One of these experiments was painting over oil pastel, over newsprint. I liked the look and it created a kind of “resist” where the paint washed over and didn’t adhere to the oiled areas. Unfortunately, it didn’t translate to canvas well. And paint clung too easily to the added glossy magazine photos. I scraped and used a wire brush to remove paint and distress the surface. I repainted in shades of grey tones, matching closely to the newsprint. Next came the dark blue layer for punch, and pops of white to balance and brighten. One of the last things I did was add the boxes, drawn with grey pastel over the blue paint. I love the faces peeking through heavy color. I enjoy adding color to enhance the facial features, whether realistic or not.
Acrylic, oil pastel, newspaper, magazine pages