It's time for the February Virtual Sketch Date. This time the source photo was a beauty shot by Debbie Later of Lake Louise at Banff. I decided to alter the photograph by cropping it, flipping it to put the darkest slope on the right, and altering the local color. Then I graphed out the result and copied it onto a newsprint planning sheet.
I transferred the plan onto a piece of mat board, then selected and prepared papers in the shades of blue, lavender, and violet I wanted. I use acrylic medium as my glue, and I like to spread the medium on my paper using an old telephone book to catch the extra adhesive. These old books are a great substitute for more expensive paper towels. Notice the tub of water. I put my brushes in when they are not needed so that the medium doesn't dry on them and wreck the bristles. The right side of the image done here.
I just keep looking for colors in my envelopes of colors cut from magazine ads and catalogs, and also other papers that I tint with thinned acrylic paint. I work from the outside toward the middle, checking back every so often to see if the balance of lights and darks is what I want.
It's almost finished in this photograph. I had some trouble with the second slope back on the right. The lights and darks looked too much like separate patches, not unified. Then I decided to use tinted tissue paper over that part to pull it all together. You can see the original version of the scene at the top left here.
This is the finished collage. My husband says I should call it Purple Mountains Majesty, but I was thinking The Hills Are Alive, since I used some sheet music. A little bit of the right side was cropped on my scanner, but overall this is a fair representation of the finished project. The actual image is 12 inches by 4.5 inches. I enjoy the challenge of using a source photo, then making the resulting image something uniquely mine. Thanks to the Virtual Sketch Date folks for all the work they do to organize this challenge.