The creative process I use in my mixed media pieces is an iterative process that involves many steps to reach a final image. Typically, I start with a design or composition concept in the form of a drawing. Sometimes I am inspired by a scene I have photographed. More often, I invent a landscape or other composition and find portions of my photographs to help bring that idea to life. Typically, starting with a drawing and or painting on paper or canvas, I combine portions of my photographs to facilitate creation of the image. I go back and forth between adding portions of photographs and drawing and painting in various combinations, working toward a final image. Often, I will photograph the work in progress and download it to the computer where I will continue to enhance, manipulate, and draw on the digital image using Photoshop and other image friendly software. I then print the changed image and use it or portions of it as I did my photographs in the initial mixed media process. I go back an forth in this manner, adding painting, drawing, printed photographs or other original digital imagery, until I am satisfied with the result. This process often yields a digital image on paper and a related but different mixed media image on paper or canvas.
Art has no limits
For the past several years I have been working in a mixed media style that includes combining portions of my original photographs with painting and drawing media. I print the photographs on photo quality inkjet paper, select the element(s) I want to use and attach them to paper or canvas with acrylic gel medium and combine them with acrylic paint and various other drawing or painting media. In this manner, I create imagined landscapes or images of other subjects.