Julia Crane likes to take parts of what she creates and use those images/techniques again and again. It’s part practice and part developing a style. So maybe that’s what my red circle hair and wings are. Whatever they are, I enjoy making them so I did it again.
Here’s the painted pages I started off with. I did two pages one day because I wasn’t feeling up to creating anything else but I wanted to put in some creativity time. So I allowed myself to just creatively piddle that day. Sometimes it’s fun to just play without the pressure of having to create a cohesive image.
Next I laid out the parts of the painted pages that I liked on a canvas and chunked in acrylic colour between the collage bits. I was really liking yellow and purple so that’s what I went with. There was no further thought process than that. Colour is a weakness for me. Down the road, I’d love to take a course in colour theory and learn more about how to work colour to its advantage in paintings. For now, when my colour scheme works, it’s fluke!
In the following session I added a moon, played with my colours, and tried to smooth out the transitions between colours. I had fun with her hair and went bold with lots of black outlining. For her face, I went for more whimsical and tried out a Julia Crane style rectangular nose and then added crazy eyelashes. So far, I was liking the sky and her hair and face. I was accepting her dress but I wasn’t loving her wings or boots.
That’s when it occurred to me that the part of one of my painted pages that looked like a peacock feather might fit perfectly as a wing piece – it did. So I used my inks (I am loving these acrylic inks – they are so fun!) and made some more peacock feathers. I also changed her boots and added “buttons” to them (my dream boots have buttons all up the back like that). Finally, I mellowed out her dress a bit so it wouldn’t be competing with the wings so much. All these alterations resulted in the following finished piece:
In conclusion, for me this piece’s strengths are the sky, her face, her hair, and the feathers. I’m still not wow-ed by her dress or boots. I think doing a dress or a skirt out of peacock feather would have been better than wings. I’m having a feeling there will be more peacock feathers in my future…