Saturday, February 20, 2010

Blue Marilyn

I must still be in my Blue mood. I seem to be using a lot of it lately. This is "Blue Marilyn". It's another torn-paper collage portrait done in the Warhol style. I added a few things to this one, though. I still used all CitraSolv background papers torn into different shapes.

When it was "finished" I stood back and thought there were just too many competing colors and patterns in the background. So I took out my Shiva paintstiks and blended out the background just leaving the image of Marilyn. I like this much better. I wasn't sure how the Shiva's would do over CitraSolv paper and I had to fight the fear of ruining it. I just plunged in and did it. Then I added some pink Shiva's here and there along the border to give it a little more contrast.

Here is the Andy Warhol portrait that I used as my model:

I didn't stick to the colors that he used but I did sketch her onto the canvas pretty much the way she looks here. The challenge was tearing strips to fit into the sketched shape. I did end up just painting her teeth. I thought about using the papers but couldn't get a good color to look right.

I've been working on this non-stop for a couple of days. It's 12" x 12" canvas panel that is 1 1/2" deep. Now, on to the next project!


Sherry said...

Love it. Of course you knew I would since it is Marilyn. Question - is this digital art or did you create and take a picture of it?

Pam Tucker said...

Hey sis! This is the real deal...torn papers, gel medium (for glue) and oil sticks.

Michele said...

Love! She is beautiful, and I think the shiva paintstick idea was a good one.

It looks great with just her face and the white background. Sometimes simple really is best. I can't believe I just said that, considering everything I do is full of chaos. :)

You are definitely on to something with these paper collages.

Anonymous said...

Hi from you friendly stalker. I can't help but feel like you are pioneering a whole new movement here. Marilyn turned out great! It is just amazing how you are turning these pages into such beautiful pieces of art. You have turned me into an Pam Warhol lover :)

Jackie said...

I love her pam. You do such a great job with these collage portraits. I love the other one you did as well and I love the way you are using the citrasolve backrounds.I love having such a creative friend:)