Green Skirt is a collage of acrylic painted paper over a quick oil painting sketch. These are layers applied over a period of time as the sketch was done months before I decided to add collage.
Green Skirt, mixed media-collage, art is 12 x 16.5", white mat, black frame and plexy
Life also has layers that build over time. I think it was in the early 1990's when I lived in Williamsport, PA and a friend talked me into driving up to a college in NY state to hear Maya Angelou speak. A treasured experience, to be sure. I was teaching graphic design and not yet painting at the time.
Maya Angelou talked about her journey, much of it hurtful and sad. She read a poem, a soothing balm, by Langston Hughes called Harlem Sweeties and I was hypnotized by his words and her delivery. Talk about layers! It stuck with me.
So, many years later when I picked up the paint brush and had occasion to paint black figures, Rollins Edwards and George Stinney Jr, among others, a variety of hue is what I chose to depict, layer by layer.
Let me repeat: Caramel, brown sugar, A chocolate treat. Molasses taffy, Coffee and cream, Licorice, clove, cinnamon To a honey-brown dream. Ginger, wine-gold, Persimmon, blackberry, All through the spectrum Harlem girls vary--
So if you want to know beauty’s Rainbow-sweet thrill, Stroll down luscious, Delicious, fine Sugar Hill.