Usually when I use a collage backgrounds to draw/paint onto, I try to keep the collage element as simple and as uncomplicated as possible. Otherwise it can interfere too much with the portrait. With a nod to Annie’s Irish roots, I decided to use an old Irish map, which was rather busy, so this artwork has also had a lot of acrylic scraped onto it too, just to tone the background down a wee bit.
Original artwork and signed prints of this piece are available to purchase via my online shop.
And for anyone interested in exactly how I put this artwork together. Here’s a video of me discussing my process, my ways of working and then some very sped up video film of me completing this from start to finish.