December 28, 2008

Collage Art

The Mistress - detail The Mistess ... of all things illicit and unspoken.

Wow ... I can't tell you when the last time was that I did a real collage on canvas LOL This was a stressful holiday, as my Dad was suddenly diagnosed with a terminal illness and not expected to make it much longer. My sister is doing in-home hospice care for him and he made it out on Christmas Eve to be with his family, but is basically an invalid for the remainder of his days.

We were all fried between his hospital stay, last-minute preparations to bring him home, and all the normal holiday rush ... so we had a couple art nights to de-stress ... and this was the third of my pieces. The first one was a painting of my parents for my Dad's xmas gift, but no one had a camera to take a photo ... so I don't have a photo of that one right now.

The background was done with scrapbook papers and paint ... Kelly Rae Roberts style. The painted face was inspired by
DJ Pettitt, but I did a little different painting technique and I really like the look ... so I hope you guys do too :)

This seems to fit in with several prompts, so I am posting it on
Arty Girlz, Mixed Media Monday, and Wednesday Stamper.

The photo is not particularly good, so I also scanned as much as I could squeeze on my scanner bed for a better shot of the face I painted.

32 comments:

Angie in AZ said...

Karen,
I'm sorry to hear about your dad. I hope he is comfortable for the remainder of the time he has and that you have some special time with him.

I LOVE the artwork! It's very different for you though... but I think it is amazing, of course! All your stuff is fantastic! You really did a great job with the face! Totally cool.

Kelly said...

beautiful!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Beautiful!! Excellent art! Happy New Year!

Stempelchaotin said...

OMG this is very impressive.
Brilliant work. I love them.

Anonymous said...

Great job! Love the face, I thought it was an image you got somewhere! It looks professional!!!!!!!
Terry

mixedmediamonday said...

Oh, Karen - your canvas is amazing. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Diane

lisa said...

this is a wonderful piece, love the mona lisa accent of course!! really creative...

herminesplace said...

Fabulous artwork.

Lana said...

Love this!!! I've not come across your blog before and what a treat! :) Sorry to hear about your father and hoping you get to spend some precious time with him.

Femmy said...

fabulous work!!!
so sorry to hear about your dad!

June said...

So blinking brilliant too !!! Love what you have done here its fab collage
Hugs June

daniela said...

Your artwork is great!
ciao
dada

crissi said...

wow karen this is stunning i really love this piece.

Thanks fro joining in with the Arty Girlz challenge.

crissi xx

Leslie Wood said...

I love all your collages! sorry to hear about your dad!

Leslie

vintage wil said...

wow fabulous artwork!!!

indybev said...

Outstanding collage work! Lots of things to see and think about! APPLAUSE.

Donnabelle66 said...

Your piece is so wonderful. Thank you for sharing it. I'm very soory to hear about your Dad! Will keep him and you in my prayers.

Vicki said...

Karen, your collage turned out wonderful under such a stressful time!

Joanne Huffman said...

Karen, I know you're exhausted after your trip to KC. I bet your family really appreciated the art time you spent with them and I know that on some level your father appreciated your time with him. This is an excellent collage - full of strong emotion and imagery.

Joanne

Mar said...

I am sorry for your dad...

this is a strong piece!
like most of your work ...your pieces have a huge message..

have a new year of magic for 2009

Faye said...

Gorgeous art. I'm glad you scanned the wonderful painted face, too, since it is fantastic. Sorry about your dad. How good that you were able to give him the painting of him and your mother. What a wonderful gift!

Artyjen said...

Just to say your work is great. Sure your dad will love the one you did for him.

Beth said...

It is a wonderful collage! Very beautiful. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

Kris Dickinson said...

Such beautiful collage'. I'm very sorry about your Dad.

Belinda said...

lovely collage you created. happy new year!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

I am so very sorry about your father.
Your canvas is beautiful, it has so much depth. I am inspired that you could create during such a stressful and difficult time. oxo

J and Z said...

beautiful work and sorry about your dad...

trish said...

I love the distressed look on your collage. I agree about having a hard time photographing the big pieces. But I think yours looks great!!

Shelly Hickox said...

Oh, you poor thing. I'm so sorry about your bad news. I'm very glad that you could find peace in your art. This is absolutely stunning.

Sandy said...

I'm so sorry about your dad.
I like your art a lot.

All the best for you and yours.

Christy said...

This collage piece is beautiful. It really draws you in and I can imagine were I standing there I would be moving my head this way and that and tippy toes up and around trying to be sure to see each interesting bit of it.
It's wonderful that you guys were able to have your dad around for Christmas. My heart goes out to you and your family at this time.

Karen Campbell said...

Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments, everyone. The outpouring of love has definitely made this a little easier time for me :)