I've been down with a nasty virus, and I had a week or so of just wanting to make sleeping my full time job. It seems to be about done now, so I'm back playing around with combining painting with collage papers and wallpaper.
My maternal grandmother, Bernice Ann Adams Tess, was lovely her entire life. I've meant to try painting her more than once, and decided to start with a photo I have of her as a young girl. She looks very serious. I think by this time her parents had separated, and her father was killed. Her mother remarried to a man Grandma never really liked, so I suppose the serious look is understandable.
I'm still working on 11x14 inch canvas, and adding pieces of old diary and wallpaper samples. Grandma loved flowers, especially roses, so I wanted to include elements of that in the portrait. The issue for me is how much to allow the collage elements to show through. Some of the flowery border originally extended on to her forehead, but I painted it out, since it almost looked like a tattoo to me. I wanted the background to have a darker value to make her light hair, bows, and white dress pop. I don't mind it the way it is, but I am still open to adding some blue areas. I am just not sure, so I'll live with it this way until I decide. Sometimes it's better to stop sooner, rather than later.