Lifebook 2015, Week 28, was designed and taught by Tamara LaPorte. It was called Layers of You.
Tam instructed us to find a picture of a woman in a magazine, which we would cut out, glue in place and paint over. The woman was to have a closed mouth and no hands showing. Teeth and hands are difficult to paint, so we were to avoid this challenge in our project. Our chosen picture was to represent us in some way.
I did not have a suitable picture and wasn’t interested in going out in a heat wave to buy a magazine. Instead, I found a picture of a little girl — mouth open and hand clearly visible.
Since she was a dark skinned girl, I didn’t think she represented me, but I did very much like the looks of her. I decided to use this painting although it was not what Tam was asking for.
I glued the girl in place, then added various other collage papers, as well as hand written words with a marker pencil.
I painted over the girl as best I could, then drew her dress and colored it.
I used various mixed media techniques to draw and color the background.
When finished, I felt compelled to paint the word “anticipation” along the front and outline it in black Micron pen. For some reason, I felt the little girl was facing a long life ahead of her and she was filled with anticipation.
Although the teeth and hands are far from perfect, I like this painting quite a lot. It may be my favorite for this year.