Today on Seth Apter's blog
the fourteen gallery artists from section three of The Mixed-Media Artist
, Seth's latest book, are being introduced. I have three pieces in this book and I thought it would be fun to show you the steps that I took to create Old and New Friends Meet,
the piece that I created for the book. The prompt for Friends
was Imaginary Worlds. I am so very pleased to have been asked to be included in Seth's book. If you have not seen it yet, it is a treat! Thanks Seth for asking me to contribute.
I used matte medium to adhere pieces of newspaper to the substrate in the first step. Then I brayered a layer of gesso over the substrate.
In step 2, I added paint using rainbow colors. As you can see texture is now coming through from step 1.
Since I was honoring four great 20th century artists I wanted to give a flavor of their work in my piece. I create gel skins transfers using gloss gel medium.
After four gloss gel medium coats and once the skin is dry, I submerged the skin in water to wet the paper fibers.
In step 5 the rubbing off of the paper fibers begins.
Step 6 is a completed gel skin for the background. I completed several different gel skins to represent four artists' work: Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Haring and Andy Warhol.
In step 7, I adhered the gel skins to the painted background.
Another layer of gesso was added to the work in step 8.
I added a glaze over the gessoed layer and then added the decapitated bodies of Rauschenberg, Johns, Haring, and Warhol.
Because Donatello, Caravaggio, Michelangelo and da Vinci are using time travel to visit the 20th century artists their heads were added to the bodies of the other artists. Finally, I sprayed slide covers with a black gloss and attached the covers to the artists.