I started with a gessoed 16 x 16" panel, and loosely laid out cheesecloth and dried botanicals to ensure I had room for the photo I wanted to include.
I glued them (and my fingers, toes, armpits and walls) to the panel surface and sides before I put the first coat of gesso over it all. I always love the look of the technique at this point - the ghostly shadows are so subtle. Yes, I know that's not my style at all!
It was time for the first coat of colour; using thin washes of quinacridone gold, Van Dyke brown, burnt umber and sap green, I loved watching the paint seep into the crevices created by the cheesecloth and textural organics.
Welcome, Esmae - we're just delighted to have you join our family! xoxox