I'd love to paint from a living model, but for now I still have to settle for using magazine pictures, which I tear out and scatter about me. I often use a nose from this face and eyes from that one. I usually like to paint very earthy faces, uncluttered yet sophisticated. I use my fingers, brushes, a palette knife - whatever I can find.
Sometimes I collage first, scrape paint over that to complete the background and then paint my images on top. For this one I was thinking of doing encaustic wax over it all, but I'm not sure whether I'll do that final step or leave it just as it is. (This particular painting is made with shiva paint sticks, one of my favorite mediums to work in.)
I love the effect of the paint over the collage squares. There is a mosaic tile look, and always a reminder that we are all made of many pieces arranged together, not cut from one cloth as we may appear to be at first glance. As I was working, I was thinking: what is the glue that holds my life's "pieces" together? For each of us it is different ... our families, our motivations, our faith. Some people are always searching to find the answer to that question, while others are certain of the answer throughout their entire lives. My glue is my love of family first, and my desire to change my world in some permanent way second. Do you know what your glue is?