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!