Saturday, March 21, 2009

Self Portrait Collage

Layer 1 --- numbers (representing my career as an accountant), a photograph of trees (for my love of nature and current fascination with Winter's bare trees), and a small scrap of scraped paper (for my love of old buildings filled with rust and crumbling bricks and peeling paint).

Layer 2 --- added the photo of me printed on the QA subscription card (appropriate for my current career as a fiber artist), some torn strips from the same papers as layer 1, a chunk of painted paper, and a scrap of text (for the font junkie in me).

Layer 3 --- used some white spray paint to soften things up a bit. I like the effect --- the hard lines of black and white are gone now, and the photo of me "pops" a bit more.

I haven't decided if this is finished and should be left as a gray-scale collage, or if I should add a wash of color to it. And if I add color, which colors? Any opinions?

10 comments:

Linda said...

Colour? yes please, but make it the colour that suits your mood at the moment.

I miss the stamped text that seems to me to be a feature of a lot of your pieces.

The text, stamped in colour? Job done!

imquilternity said...

I vote for a little color too! You'll have to surprise us with which one(s)...but I do love your self-portrait so far. Very, very clever.

norma said...

I love what you've done so far and not sure if it needs a color. Is there a color that you use or wear a lot and would read as "you"?

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Well done! I like it. Perhaps a different one with color?

Connie said...

I think it's great as is. I enjoyed seeing the process of your layers too.

Carole said...

Karen.... I like it in black and white....
The B&W takes us to YOU, whereas, I think color would take our eye there and miss the whole point of your 'self portrait'...
Carole

Seth said...

I like it as is Karen. Makes such a powerful strong statement...especially as a self portrait.

Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

IMHO I think it works as it is and color is not necessary.
K

Anonymous said...

I like the black and white. Well, done. Great self portrait. It is definitely you.

"M"

Janice said...

I love your art. How did you create the layer of your face in the Quilting Arts card? I have elements but have had little time to play and I have no Idea of what to do with layers. Also, is there a book out there that is good for a beginner in Elements?