I've cut the painted tissue paper to make the silhouette of the animals. I love the diversity of the surface of the painted paper, it adds so much interest to the painting. Now for the collaging - I choose the papers that have the colors I am interested in using. I lay them on the canvas to see how they look. Such a variety to chose from.
I feel inspired to make some collages with my new painted tissue paper. Something simple. I have two rectangle shaped canvases, tall and narrow. Perfect for a Giraffe and a Flamingo. That's what I will collage. Colorful and fun. First I cover the canvas with a dark painted tissue paper. I draw the animals on white drawing paper to make a template Then using the template I cut the painted tissue paper for the main body of the animal. Pink for the flamingo and yellow ochre for the giraffe.
I thought I was finished with this painting, but that little nagging voice in my head kept saying - it's not right - still not right. The composition was good - the golden ratio - but you couldn't see the focus. Everything was too bold. So I toned it down with white tissue paper and glaze, forcing the flow around to the focal point. Now I am done. Before the tissue paper . . .
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Back to the winged critters and the challenging composition. I was given excellent advice - my composition lends itself to the "Golden Ratio." I added a few elements to lead the eye from the bottom right, across and up and over to the top right - which is my focus. Finished again - for now.
The Preliminary Sketch I know this is difficult to see. But I've been asked how I start a pen and ink drawing. I begin with a pencil sketch - faint pencil because I do not want to damage the paper. Then, using the pen, I stipple fine lines around the shapes. Just enough for me to see the sketch. At this point the pencil lines are erased. The detail pen work comes next . . .
Won't be long now and my critters will get their new wings. But until then, they have to make do with the wings I've created for them.
Even after enhancing the background, the composition is poor. If you compare the original composition below, with the new one above, you will see some improvement, but not enough. So I added more leaves to tie the left side to the right side. But I still see a strong vertical line down the left side.
I added a burnt umber glaze to soften the stippling. Working with acrylic products has given me the luxury of not having to wait for paints to dry. GLAZES on the other hand - need time to dry - not drink a cup of coffee time, but get a good night sleep time. Reminds me of my oil painting days.
These little critters come out of their warm protective cocoons expecting to have wings. Expecting to be able to fly. But there are no wings. Not yet, they have to wait. Not long, but still there is a wait. But they are resilient. They find leaves and feathers and they make their own wings. They fly.