Sunday, April 2, 2017

This is the Week 13 lesson through Life Book 2017 led by guest instructor, Annie Hamann of South Africa.  The lesson for me involved a lot of firsts.  It was my first time using 15" x 22" there was much more room to fill up collage-wise and important decisions about face placement-- since that came first before the body and hair.

Also, it was my first time using black charcoal.  Unfortunately, the application of it (both pencils and sticks) over acrylics just wouldn't work.  I'm wondering now if I need to try 'vine' charcoal.

I also applied layers of tissue paper to create more realistic hair color and some shadow areas in the hair.

As part of the lesson, we were to incorporate some symbolism.  What I've included as symbols for  grounding are a rose-like window within a labyrinth.

I'm really curious about what others see in this project.  When you look at it, where do your eyes go first?  Where does your eye travel, if it does?  What other things do you see?  Please feel welcome to leave a comment with any observations.

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this 

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