One of the amazing things about fine art collage painting is that additions and new features can be added whenever I see a need to enhance a collage painting. The flexibility that mixed media materials provide allows me, as a fine art collage artist, the freedom to add small edits or large reworks.
Something as simple as a trip to the hairdresser gave my collage painting “i’ll See” a ‘new do’! “I’ll See (aka Aisle C)” underwent changes during its development as an acrylic collage painting.
The original black and white study had details of grocery items lining the shelves on the left side of the drawing. The remaining two figures were rather plain. (See Black and White Study).
As this work evolved, “Mom’s” purse changed from a sling-bak to a canvas purse slung over her right shoulder. Patterns of color were added to the clothing of both figures using paint and paper. And a butterfly and flower were also added. The only portion of this work which did not receive any attention was “Mom’s” hair.
This was brought to my attention by several art friends. They pointed out that the hair pulled their eyes to it immediately. And they did not consider this to be the focal point. (See 1st Version).
Something had to be done to incorporate her hair into the picture so that it did not stand out so much. I decided to add thin string onto the brown hairstyle in order to give it the appearance of strands of hair.
This put her hair on the “same page” as all other items in the picture. All things had either collage treatment or interesting patterns and textures painted with acrylics. The strands of string (hair) are quite subtle. It’s a nice touch to an otherwise boring hairdo. (See 2nd Version)
“I’ll See” is an amalgam of many collage painting colors and textures. This is precisely the feeling I desire from the viewer, A grocery store is a lot of colorful and textured products screaming for the shopper’s attention. The little boy in the painting wants something of this and something of that. “I’ll See!”, says “Mom”.