More Pearl

This is an update of Princess Pearl. OMG it is so different from the last post of her. It’s different from this post too, since I’ve been working on the underskirt a little, and I pulled off some of the fabric areas. The headpiece is different now, but I will show it again soon.

Here she was in March 2013:


And here she is now:


Here’s a picture of her out in the sun. Because the sun is making shadows, it shows the 3D aspect of the collage better.



All those fabric rolls on her headpiece are gone now and I’ve redone it with hole punch dots – it’s looking better – I will post a pic soon.

One fantastic lesson I have learned from working on this piece is not to be afraid to back up if something has to go. The day I decided to peel her face off and start over, I got some criticism from family. There was some opinion that I was making excuses to not finish the work. I guess you can see it was the right decision. Peeling off a bad part was scary, for the psychological, self-doubt type of reasons but also the fear of completely wrecking the piece, but now I know that if something is not working it has to go. Now when I remove stuff I have confidence. I also learned that vinegar dissolves glue and I can remove stuff without tearing the canvas or making an overworked looking mess.

Pearl and I will be back soon 🙂


About sharonpassmore

Hi. I am an artist living in Greenville, South Carolina. I am the Art moderator at Eratosphere, a forum of Ablemuse Review. I play with all sorts of art-forms, including digital design and fabric design, but nearest to my heart, at the moment, is collage. I like it best if the collage materials are not recognized from a distance and reveal themselves at close up, the way a painting can look realistic from a distance but on closer inspection, the freedom of brushstrokes becomes apparent. My materials are my brushstrokes. ​ I use anything I find in my collage that suits the purpose, beads, broken jewelry, wallpaper scraps etc... I always try to incorporate recycled packaging too. This is important to me, partly because of the environment, and partly because I get a little thrill out of recognizing the value of materials most people would discard as trash. Think of this next time you peel that wonderful foil seal off a new can of coffee. ​ I am inspired by many kinds of traditional arts and crafts. The cultural history of the world is just loaded with fabulous treasure, isn't it? I view the world of art and art history as a giant buffet and I want to sample a taste of everything. "Mmmmm that Wabi Sabi looks delicious! Gimme a little of that Horror Vacui! Check out those fantastic Molas!" I completely reject the idea that one artform is superior to another due to what is in fashion at the moment. Art is timeless. ​ If there's something I don't like too much, I try to keep in mind that I probably don't understand it, and that's a signal to me that I have something more to learn. There is always something more to learn. Thanks for visitng <3 Sharon Passmore
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