"Baptism", is now complete and is a painting using mixed media techniques. I worked from one of my favorite models and the pose was difficult to capture, but we did succeed. The gold is actually present on my photographs also. This piece is on 300lb. archival, acid free, 100% cotton rag paper. I first soak and stretch my paper before proceeding with any work. I have numerous images of this piece in progress. I start with gesso because I love the tooth it gives me to work. There is know collage technique onto this piece. I used acrylic, minimal watercolor and colored pencil. The image utilizes almost the full extent of the paper, but I would crop in on the paper to reveal what I have shown in the primary image which measures 19 1/2" x 27-28". I would put a wide mat on this piece and I always add a heavier bottom mat which is a visual that makes a piece seem to hang firm to the wall. For instance the top and sides should have the same mat measurement but the bottom should be slightly larger. Your eye doesn't usually recognize that difference, but the way the piece hangs on the wall is more balanced, weighted and soothing.
Enjoy, Nancy
Materials: archival paper, gesso, acrylic paint, watercolor, colored pencil, love

Enjoy, nancy

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