|Wooden cross in the prayer garden at our church|
I knew I'd have to do a lot of the background layered work before hand. The idea was to create as I usually do with multi layers of paint and collage elements but then leave some dramatic finishing touches to do while painting live. I had to work larger than I normally do which was a challenge in itself! I decided to use two (one for each service) 40" x 60" canvases. Here is a peek at my process:
|First layer of paint; getting rid of that intimidating blank, white canvas!|
|More paint (white blended into the center)|
|Both canvases in my studio|
|Placing collage pieces|
|Using matte medium to glue collage pieces down|
|A closer look!|
|Layering more paint and design elements|
|Notice the darker elements are around the edges and the lighter elements are in the center. There is a reason for that....!|
|Here I'm adding actual bible pages from an old bible as collage elements|
|I love to tear my collage pieces!|
My next step was to create a mask in the shape of a cross. To do this I just tore poster board and taped it down with painter's tape onto each canvas.
My last step was to paint over the crosses to make them less noticeable. I also painted the outlying areas of the canvases a mix of black, dark crimson and red. I payed close attention to the edges of the crosses, making sure they were painted well and made sure some of the darker colors blended off into the surrounding background.