Starfish Pictures Colored-Paper Cutouts Colored-Paper Overlaps Painting Final Project

Stanley on Wearyall Hill, England
Stanley silhouette

Wearyall Hill picture

Acrylic paint and cut-out paper on Bristol board; 48.3 × 61.0 cm

My wife took the photograph of me on the top left during a trip that we took to southern England in July 2005. I later added the annotation to the photo, which shows me on Wearyall Hill taking a GPS reading of the so-called Thorn Bush. (To see other photographs of our 2005 trip to England, click here.)

This photograph served as the basis of the final project in my art class. Using Photoshop, I selected the image of myself and turned it into a silhouette. I then photocopied the silhouette portion of the picture, enlarged it, and finally used the enlargement as a template to cut out the image on quality black paper (Canson Mi-Teintes Drawing Paper #425, which is black).

The first cut-out that I made measured almost 25 cm, and I had intended to use that in the actual final project. It turned out to be too large, however, so I used a smaller photocopy enlargement to cut out another silhouette, which measured almost 21 cm.

To make the silhouette image on the top right, I scanned the 25 cm cut-out and turned it into a GIF.

On Strathmore Bristol vellum #342-119, I painted a blue sky on a green foreground using Jo Sonja acrylic paints. Specifically, I combined Titanium White (JS048), Cobalt Blue Hue (JS012), and Cadmium Yellow Medium (JS010). As explained above, I cut out my silhouette as well as the tree from Mi-Teintes #425, and the hill from Mi-Teintes #435, called "steel gray."

The houses, cut out from various colors of construction paper and origami paper, tremendously weaken the piece, I must admit. The colors are garish and too bright, and the houses themselves are not well grounded. As for Glastonbury Tor, I acknowledge that it is also quite bright, quite unlike the light orange far in the background as seen in the photograph. This I did deliberately, however, because I wanted the eye to be drawn to the tower in the far distance at the top left. The picture makes a nice diagonal from bottom right in the foreground to top left in the background, but this follows the excellent framing captured by my wife's photograph.