Merged Images and Some Paintings: 1

A while back I had an idea (don’t know from where) to choose a couple of photos at random and see if I could combine them into an image. I got right on it.

I have been doing these paintings in a large sketchbook (mixed media paper) – it’s 18″ x 24″.

Some have turned out well, some not so much. All of them are a challenge to compose and fun to manage, or sometimes they are managing me, I think.

Here is the first one. The two images are a mannequin at the King of Prussia (PA) mall and the library at Chestnut Hill College.

Here is the painting. It is called Mannequins in the Library.

Of course.

21 thoughts on “Merged Images and Some Paintings: 1

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Yes. I remember that. I like mannequins ever since I was little. I remember shopping with my mother and passing the time wandering the store and looking at them. Back when a 6 or 8 year old would be allowed to do that kind of thing.

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    The juxtaposition is very weird but in a way that works. The dangling feet is the most peculiar element and I think it is that detail that really ties the whole thing together. It makes for such an intriguing set up and makes my brain spark off in all sorts of directions. Like the commenter above, I could not help but think of the Twilight Zone.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      It’s kind of unsettling to see ordinary things that don’t belong together or combined in ways that all the elements are not following the same logic.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I’ve got some more to be posted, and some were good, and others, not so much, but it is fun to try to figure out how to make it work out. I have a whole notebook full of this large sized paper so there is plenty of room to keep experimenting!

      1. Judi Castille

        I love this idea. It could generate some really original art ideas. I illustrate…so behind with blogging as decorating and setting up new business, but the illustrations I want to add little twists too otherwise it’s little dull. This idea might be very useful. Looking forward to the rest.

        1. Claudia McGill Post author

          Thank you. I think the key is to choose two photos at random and exercise no judgement about “what goes together” or whatever, when you pick the source images, otherwise for me, I found I started forcing things. It’s fun to do this and you do get some interesting tangents to go off on, or details to add. I also find it hard not to keep inserting “reality” back in to the picture. Being more free about how things go together, that is where I am right now with this.

        2. Judi Castille

          A little like surrealism I suppose. I do like that form of art…not everything being predictable. I need to post about my latest projects. Not quite art but illustrations for fabric design and ceramics but I am trying to avoid the cliché and get a bit of story in..not easy.

        3. Judi Castille

          I will post it all soon. Just tied up with decorating my sewing studio and constant grass mowing…its hot at last in france and all the rain we had..its all exploded!

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