I was lucky enough to see Maya Angelou read at a small venue a few years ago. I had a press pass and got to sit front row. I especially delight in her poem Phenomenal Woman, in honor of which I’ve named this painting.
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BE, PHENOMENALLY- Original Mixed Media Painting on Canvas (10X10 inches)
Just before I finished this painting, I couldn’t stop myself from adding those curly cue things on top her head. I imagined them being like those headbands I loved as a kid, with the sparkly antennae on springs that you could jiggle and wiggle around.
I knew this girl had to have white hair with dark eyebrows, which reminded me of one of my favorite artists and designers, Natalie Chanin, who is famous for her stunning applique clothing and product lines. So, with her style in mind, it worked perfectly to create an applique-style dress. I used vintage wallpaper and made cut-outs in the buttercup yellow paper, then glued it over the red before cutting out her skirt and pairing it with a gold top and matching belt. I’ve added all sorts of other materials from my studio…acrylics, ink, pencil, and pastel. Then on top, applied an antique decoupage for added softness and beauty.