This painting started with covering the watercolor paper using a wallpaper design tool rolled across the surface with gesso juice mixture. Once dry, I applied the watercolors which gave an overall design in two tones. I knew immediately that I wanted to paint a 1925 shoe image which had been requested by a very dear friend (Thanks Kathy Gray). I didn't have all my paints with me but used a silver pen on the shoe. I loved that the background comes through in between the silver and black paint. I had thought of doing the other shoe in the background but it just didn't reflect what I wanted to say. I searched for period accessories and really anything from this time to add as a collage. I loved the headpiece of the lady in this painting which seemed like something that the woman would have worn as part of her outfit.
The next step was a first for me. I applied mat medium to the front of the female image and let each layer dry -- 6 coats in all. Waiting 72 hours to soak and lift off the acrylic tray I used and then scraping off the paper from the image. I let it dry but had to scrape a few more times. Finally I decided to put her in a period frame (which actually is a door in France). and added white watercolor inside the frame to create the mystery and aging to the photo. I used more mat medium top and bottom of the photo -- not sure that was totally correct but it worked.
Now I need your help in naming it. The person who comes up with the best title will get 5 fine art cards when I have them made in a couple of weeks. CONGRATULATIONS Dee Rommel for suggesting the title I thought expressed what I wanted to convey in this painting: LOOKING BACK, "THE DANCE."
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