Mixed media on wood panel including Japanese origami papers, acrylics, graphite, and oil pastels.
Original art is approximately 8”x8”x .125”
Hailing to my illustration roots and training, this small painting began as a graphite drawing on a raw wood surface. The next layers down were acrylic paints - usually just black, and a myriad rainbow of oil pastels. I use these particular elements to break apart the composition in something I call “Deconstructing.” Why would I “mess up” a perfectly good drawing? The answer- to see what lies beyond that. In deconstructing the typical, known compassion, a piece gets multilayered, and its meaning deepens, expands, and grows. I alternate between paints, graphite and oil pastel as the process coalescing into a image or several images. I apply origami paper where I find it needs pattern, or shape., and then add final details to the painting with an illustrators touch.