"Beautiful Girls", torn paper painting on 16x20 canvas board (sold)

CHRISTY HAYES FINE ART‚Äč

Sketch onto the canvas

The next step is to paint the canvas, so that colors can be chosen. This light underpainting guides the placement of torn papers.

Torn paper paintings begin with a sketch and a quick application of paint.  Next, found papers are painted, torn, and collaged onto the canvas.

"Tired", torn paper painting on 16x20 canvas,


Here are two close-ups of "A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch", to show papers used.  I like to use themed papers in my work.  The barn tops are collaged with ads for pumpkin pie filling.  A Charles Schultz cartoon showing Linus in the pumpkin patch is hiding in the patch.

More torn paper paintings:

"Worth the Hike", torn paper painting on 24x30 canvas board

 

"A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch", torn paper painting on 16x20 canvas board (private collection)

Apply book pages, printed papers, tissue, and rice papers that have been painted the same colors as the painting's palette.

Here is a step-by-step example of the process: