For this project I experimented with water, silicone and oil based make ups to try and create a watercolour effect on an opaque white base. I was hugely inspired by the beautiful gouache paintings of Australian artist Del Kathryn Barton whose work I've long been an admirer of - I absolutely love the composition of her work and her bold use of colour, especially on her painted faces.
Originally I had planned on preparing a backdrop for the shoot composed of natural elements such as leaves, birds, flowers and feathers as well as a painting a piece for my model Charlotte's head. However with only an afternoon to prepare for the shoot I settled on painting an assortment of flowers and feathers to use as props and opted to use photoshop to incorporate a more interesting background into the final images.
Having spent the last few weeks in Sydney working with some amazing makeup artists on Unbroken - an amazing true story adapted for screen by the Coen Brothers and directed by Angelina Jolie - I am all set to return to the wonderful Metropolis of Melbourne for the Christmas season. I've made some wonderful new friends and caught up with some splendid people I knew already - without whom this last stretch would have been absolutely impossible!!! To say thank you to my amazing friend Charlotte I spent the last few days devising and painting props for a fun little shoot to turn her into the Statue of Liberty. This is the second in what may well become a little series of ideas aimed at transforming the hilly slopes of the human canvas into a flat surface through paint props and photography.... More to come soon!!!