I have been experimenting with new techniques using old family photos. I used a gel medium to transfer lazer ink copies of my old photos on top of a background of paint and paper. The top one is of my beloved aunt Alice in the early 40s. My mom always sang "Alice Blue Gown" to her.
The second one features of photo of two of my uncles in the late 1930s. I didn't even realize until it was glued down that the page was from a story called "The Remarkable Child" out of one of my vintage books. I altered the photo slightly with light washes of paint and a bit of charcoal pencil.
The third one features my great grandfather Maurice Ruschenberg in the late 1800s. We were always told he was the Marshal of Ste. Genevieve, Mo, so the image is on top of a copy of an old map of Ste. Genevieve. During later research, we found that he was actually the Marshal of St. Martinsburg, a smaller neighboring town. I accented this with gel pens.
These all have lots of texture. I may list a couple of them on Ebay later. If you would like to know more about any of the techniques I used, I would be happy to share. It is still 100+ degrees in the St. Louis area today--it is really getting depressing! We have had no rain in close to a month, I hope we get some soon. By the time my tomatoes ripen they will be worth about $10 a piece when you consider all the watering involved to keep the plants alive!
I am a self taught artist who has always enjoyed creating anything from a flower garden to the perfect meal. Now that my children, (ages 23, 26, and 27) are all grown up, I have more time to create! I also work 4 days a week during the school year with special needs preschoolers--which I dearly love! The children in my life inspire many of my paintings.