Okay…I think I can do this…

So, I have been working on my watercolor pieces that are now part collage and part digital illustration.  Definitely some ups and downs in trying to get what is in my mind out into reality and today I had a great breakthrough.  Let me go back and say that this project started as watercoloring various hairstyles (inspiration from watching a lot of Mad Men), but then an unfortunate coffee spill got the papers stuck together and ripped some portions.  I was a bit demoralized and didn’t know what to do, leaving my watercolors in a pile of other papers.  In my previous post, I was blessed with the idea of collaging over the ripped parts to cover up…but then I was stuck in terms of how I wanted to continue.  More time passed.

Finally, I took everything into the computer and started working on adding digital elements.  I am so loving this method – I suppose you call it mixed media – although I really feel like everything is mixed media because you do what you need to do to get the look you want. I don’t know that I have any favorite medium, because they all have their pros and cons and serve different purposes.  While working on these pieces I sort of had this epiphany of how they represent the jill of all trades that I am…that I can combine techniques and methods to get that image burned in my mind out into the world.  Getting it out makes me feel so much better, it’s weird and I am definitely feeling weird right now in writing this and sharing these thoughts.  As I have noted before, taking these risks in revealing your true thoughts and feelings…it’s scary.  I am scared in so many different ways, but at the same time I am excited with those good butterflies in my stomach.  They are telling me it’s a good type of anxiousness, because I want to share my work with all of you and excited about it.  Whew…deep breath.  So here goes…

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Okay.  I’m bracing myself for your thoughts and comments.  For a few moments here and there, I still have those doubts and fears – that people will think I’m just silly for sharing my little work and making such a big deal out of it.  This piece is actually part of a series, but I think I have this first one the way I want.  The first picture shows her framed up so I can really take a look at her – sorry for the weird glare from the glass!  I included some close-ups so you can see the textured paper behind it all and variation of media used…watercolor, collage and digital.  You probably can’t imagine how many transfigurations this image has gone through.

Now that I’ve shared, I’m sort of feeling like I want to laugh and cry at the same time.  This is really weird.  Deep breaths…

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