This week for Documented Life Project over at Art to the 5th Academy they featured a quote from the famous artist Georgia O'Keeffe. I really feel an affinity for this artist as she chose to make her home in the southwest like me. I also love her modern style and colors that were rare in her time. Of course she often painted flowers in very large scale and very close...which I think is great iconography for a female artist. The curves and sinuous lines of flowers often mimic the female form. So basically...I just think this lady was COOL. So instead of 'interpreting' the quote I decided to make a homage to the artist. Of course, my piece is mixed media in a journal instead of a giant oil painting :)
To start off I used a background I had done last week in my DLP journal, It was an experiment to try better blending of Gelatos over gesso. I also did a bit of stenciling in white acrylic and some drips and splatters over it.
I had printed off the Georgia O'Keeffe quote and a photo of the artist and trimmed them with deckle edge scissors (very old timey) and I wanted a similar edge to the whole layout. I cut a strip of paper with the scissors and then sponged over it with black archival ink. Usually a boarder would be last..but hey..I'm a rebel!
Next I attached the printed photo and quote I had cut out with Matte Gel Medium onto the page and while that was drying I made a quick pencil sketch on the opposite page of an iris flower. (hard to see)
Then I painted over the drawing with white gesso to help me see better and also to block out some of the bright color that might come through my painted image.
Next I painted in the image using acrylic paints and a brush. I also added a some color and little details to the photo and the quote using the left over acrylics on my palette.
My final touches were put in with a white gel pen. Little vines on the photo and a few words written in the corner.
I hope you enjoy this page. Leave me a comment if you do :)