For an exhibition next summer I decided to try a combination of my father’s and my work. He photographs while I paint. Ideas and possibilities are endless. Here is a description of the first attempt to combine the works. Idea comes from my painting teacher Michi Graessli.
Taking a printout of a picture of my father on matte slightly powderish photo paper, I used spray-on glue to stick the picture to a hard fiber plate, and tried to paint on it with oil colors.
Due to the powdery surface on the photo paper it soaked the paint up like a dry desert ground. Using a little retouching varnish it went better, but still is a lot trickier than canvas.
Finally I’d say it looks a bit “disconnected”. Idea for my next try is to use a color picture, which would leave me the possibility to only paint parts of the body to sort of highlight (or lowlight … depending on the final effect between photography and paint) certain areas. I’m also wondering about trying different photographic filters and effect, that I can either try to simulate with paint.
Honestly I’m quite excited! If I manage to stick to it, there might be some interesting output.