How does that work, the whole process? I mean, do you first do the 'original' version of the painting and then demolish it, give it those scratches on the edges to achieve this look? I absolutely love it. The image really brings the inside to the outside, it's ridiculously overwhelming and stays in mind. The background makes me think of some kind of rusty mirrors with the reflections of undead, was that intended? Wow. I'm amazed.
Yes I do the main image first with grisaille, a traditional process where you paint everything in black and white then work with layers of glazes and scumbles. The background is very impressionistic, I actually used a roller to randomly cover that area, giving it that rustic feel and the glazes gave it more depth through translucency.
After that I just go wild, there's no careful planning on how to 'destroy' the painting and I just had to trust my own instinct and hope that I can make a better painting than the original by corrupting it.
Beautiful. I would love to hang this at the end of my hallway--so that no matter where in the apartment I am going, I would see this painting every time I got to a new area. There's something so captivating about this, and her hand keeps drawing my attention...it's such a lazy position and with her eyes it's like she has no care in the world but with the chaos around her...it's a woman about to break, or who is going to succumb to the madness...either way, I don't think the end result would be good for those around her. I could create multiple stories about her, she's just captivating.
You wouldn't happen to be selling prints, or even the original, at some point...would you?