P is for Painting with Paper

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P is for Painting with Paper

While visiting the Arizona Fine Art Expo, I was blown away by the art of Janelle Lindley, characterized by bright color and grand scale. Looking closely at the artwork, I discovered printing on the canvas. It seemed to me that fragments of paper were stuck to the surface.

The artist came by and asked if I had any questions.

Yes. Is this…collage?”

“It’s a collage technique. I call it paper painting.

She stepped over to a shelving unit and pulled out a storage bin. Inside were scraps of paper painted yellow. Other bins held more painted paper scraps, organized by color.

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“I take apart old books, magazines, and catalogs (though not the glossy-paper type) and paint the pages. Then I tear the paper and use it to ‘paint’ my images.”

I noticed that some of the paper was old sheet music, which especially pleased me.

Lindley glues the paper fragments in place with gel medium applied with a brush. She (or her husband) seals the completed works with varnish or resin.DSC00945

The finished products are remarkable for their complexity, shading, and detail.

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See more of Janelle Lindley’s artwork on Arizona Fine Art Expo’s website.

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