Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I'd Rather Be Hated for Who I Am Than Loved for Who I Am Not


In one of the last class messages, Christy gave us permission to go in our own direction and I immediately set to work on this piece.


I wanted her to be surrounded in buildings


 and for her colors to blend in and suit her environment to such a degree that she appears completely at home and in her element.


Did anyone notice what the background was made of? I took all my years-old, half-filled cardstock sticker sheets from Scenic Route and glued them down with Mod Podge. They were a terrific textural and graphic background to build from. I also used a few scraps of patterened paper (hiding under all that paint) - my favorite being the piece with the hole cut out in the top right corner. It created a clock tower-esque image that felt very at home in my cityscape. To see it properly click on the top picture, at a distance it just looks like a white circular rub-on.


The quote is from Kurt Cobain


This is my entry into Gauche Alchemy's 'Julie Fei-Fan Balzer Style' challenge to use paint on top of patterned paper.

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17 comments:

Tara said...

Nicole, I LOVE this. So very you, and yet I can see that you've learned some new skills from your class, and you really did hit the nail on the head with the description. I esp. love the quote and her hair :D I entered the contest on Christy's blog to win a free class seat, but I think I'm going to register for it anyway. Thank you for the inspiration - as always!

Carmen said...

Oh if only you could have seen the YES (complete with fist punch) I just did in my seat and that was before I saw you are entering it in the GA challenge. Best one yet. OMG Nicole - love it completely!

kim c said...

your project is fantastic. but that quote is amazing. tfs.

Juls said...

this is just such an amazing work of art! Hugs Juls

OhSuz said...

Wow! Really LOVE this!

SmilynStef said...

I am seriously lovin' this art ... and so thrilled to see you making it.

Laura said...

WOW this is amzing !!!! this is my favourite quote, I actually have it on one of my journal pages, Kurt is so right. Love your background and this piece of art is just so stunning, loving this style

Alison said...

I LOVE THIS!!!!! First, that is my fave quote...though I use a slightly different one. But the colors (you know I love your use of color), the background...everything is just amazing! It is absolutely something I would hang in my house. Amazing. For real. :)

Surly Jason said...

I think your instructions infer a higher level of base understanding than I have.

Eileen Bergen said...

What a powerful quote. You made a really evocative page using it. I'm off to check out the challenge you entered it in ...

Kim said...

This is such a beautiful piece- so vibrant and full of energy! I would love to be able to create like this but it eludes me- mine always come out looking like soup! Wonderful work Nicole :)

Julie said...

Totally stunning! I love everything about it!

Cyndi L said...

That is one GORGEOUS piece!

Jocelyn said...

I found you through WhipperBerry. I love this. I love all the depth and texture. Such an interesting piece!

Teri B said...

Love this! You are AMAZING!

Emily {WhipperBerry} said...

I wanted to let you know we featured this on WhipperBerry today. I also wanted to thank you deeply for linking up! This was my absolute favorite thing I saw this weekend. It made my heart sing. You have a talent that is so special. I wish I had this peice in my home, honestly!! Come grab a featured button if you would like!

yyam said...

This is truly a masterpiece Nicole. Just jaw-dropping goodness.

Thank you so much for playing along with us at Gauche Alchemy!