Selfie?

I have been playing around with textures, backgrounds and stencils, but I haven't put a finish on any of them until this week. I decided to create a self portrait over one of them, and here it is as a work in progress. 

 The textured, mixed media background.  

The textured, mixed media background.  

 Work in progress, self portrait.  

Work in progress, self portrait.  

Experimentation

It seems that with each new location to which life takes me, my artwork shifts in accordance.  I am experimenting with a new location, Clifton, New Jersey to be exact, and the artwork that has come from this move is purely experimental.  

I have always admired Georgia O'Keeffe's Poppies, and the them of my new kitchen is red and poppies (yes, I know that my artwork shouldn't match a decorative theme, but at least I didn't match it to the couch!) so I wanted to create my own poppy inspired piece.  

I love experimenting with texture, both implied and real...and here I took different colored pieces of thick paper and collaged them into my design.

Let me know what you think of it!

 Erin L. McMahon,  Poppy , paint and paper on canvas, 2015.

Erin L. McMahon, Poppy, paint and paper on canvas, 2015.