The second week of Life Book rolled around super quickly and it was another week crammed full of creativity and learning with two lessons on offer. The first lesson was taken by Ivy Newport whose Grace and Ivy blog I follow here on WordPress. The art element of the lesson involved constructing a collage from scraps of this and that, including a figure, painting over collage and incorporating metallic elements. I used pages from a magazine and from a home furnishings catalogue for my collage material. I found I was drawn to deep blues and I also picked out some images with gold detailing. It was late at night when I adhered the elements to the paper and I was tired so that helped me just get it all stuck down rather than being too controlling about it and it ending up looking contrived.
As the photo of the woman was monochrome, I kept the flesh tones cooled down with greys and blues. I then used blue, white and gold paint to cover the rest of the composition, permitting bits of the collage to peek through. I really enjoyed the process of this lesson and am happy with the gold against the deep blue. However, I have given the female figure a rather heavy jawline and I have not managed to get the whole composition to cohere. I think this might be a lesson I return to and have another attempt at.