I'm still enthralled with these wonderful textured, heavy white papers my sister gave me from their packing supplies. I cropped this one to 4"x6" so it would fit a standard photo frame. They are heavier than the 140 lb cold press watercolor I like. I did not prime this one with gesso because I wanted to see what the acrylics and other mediums would do. After playing, I think I like the tooth gesso gives canvas and papers, but it was not particularly a huge issue one way or the other.
I hadn't a clue where I was going with this, all the way up to the finish. It started with the black and white vintage publication of 5 ballet dancers that was included in a free-style collage kit I purchased on ebay last year, and about the only item left; I didn't like it. But I started building from there after painting the entire *canvas* black and dark black-green. I've used some metallic silver and gold paints, along with some silver metallic powder pigment mixed with black acrylic. The camera just doesn't pick up the glimmer.....er, I should say the photographer doesn't pick up the glimmer. The stamp used for the woman's face didn't impress well, and at first I was disappointed. But the more I worked the piece, the more I liked the effect of the 4th and 5th dancer (click for zoom) barely working through her face. Surreal. What's a little spooky is that after I photographed *the dancer*, and began to edit in Photoshop, I started seeing faces that I didn't put there! Kid you not....I'm not into metaphysical or weird stuff, but this is a little weird. Do you see that ghost of a face between the male and female ballet dancers? The mouth and eyes are the most evident, then there is a bit of a nose there, too. Even going back and actually looking at the piece, I can't see what the photo shows. Weird, huh? dada da da, dada da da, dada da da (singing Twight Zone theme).
The child silhouette is my new daughter-in-law, Natalie, when she was a little girl. I made the favors for her "princess" wedding brunch. The silhouette with blue trim was on the invitations, so I incorporated the same into the favors for the tables, and now this piece. She still dances with a troupe in Orlando.
Carol, you see your wire ACEO easels peeking out in the top photo? I love those from your etsy shop!!! And that's the last one; I'm using all the others (gave one away as a gift) for my ACEO's.