When I start with a blank canvas, I stop and pause first. This is something Juliette Crane also reinforces in her painting course I am currently taking. I like to pause and think about where the piece is going, who I am creating the piece for and what is the message of the piece that I am wanting to convey. I do take this a step further and take a long and meditative breath before beginning. I have learned in my yoga practice to set my heart and mind clearly on what is ahead of me.
My daughter-n-law Heather came over this weekend with her incredible camera and macro lens and she offered to photograph some of my collage pieces for me. She has an eye for perspective and made my work look so beautiful. So I am sharing her work with you! She has just launched her very own Etsy shop this week and I am excited for her. If you get the chance check out Four Corner Decor.
I am proud of this piece and I remember Melodie's only requests were that she loved bright colors, but absolutely NO BLUE! I collected pieces that I wanted to use in the piece that represented France, Vision and Eyewear. I think I accomplished that. I bought a book totally written in French when I was at Rizzoli's in New York (ahh . . . I want to go back), so I cut out the little hearts from the French pages. I painted the background using the technique that Juliette taught me in my Paint and owl course. For the finishing touch I added beads to the top of the canvas to add some extra pizzaz! I had learned this from Shona Coles book, The Artistic Mother.