All of my photo-transfer pieces start with me walking around a neighborhood with my camera capturing signage, buildings, graffiti and whatever else catches my eye. I moved to the West Side of Providence in 2005. With camera in hand I explored my new neighborhood and the beautiful architecture that lives in the West Side . I took this photo not knowing anything about this house. All I knew was that it was gorgeous and also abandoned.
The above photograph was then changed into a photo copy under the sketch filter in Photoshop. Luckily I had some detailed photographs of the architecture which helped in recreating some of the decorative moldings. I then reversed the image and printed it on 4 pieces of 13x19 inkjet film which I then taped together.
I prepped my 2'x2' board with gesso and then laid the photocopy film over the board and drew the lines of the house and landscape.
I started to add some acrylic paint but then decided to add some texture and collage elements.
This house is labeled the Kendrick-Prentice-Tirocchi House. Those are the past caretakers of the house. Out of those owners I felt the story of the Tirocchi sisters was the one that connected me to this house the most so I added some dress patterns as collage. To learn more about the Tirocchi Sisters click here.
Many times when I do collage and photo-transfers I work on more than one at a time. This piece became the Tirocchi house blue piece. I really loved using the dress patterns underneath the house transfer.
I then went back in and painted the house back into the collage.
More paint is added, trees are formed and the piece begins to take shape.
A friend gave me a few French fashion magazines from the 1940's which became part of the collage elements.
Some of the ladies were then hand colored.
The black image that was printed on the film (pic 2) is then transferred to the board. The ladies are now displayed behind the windows in the house.
Detail of ladies with illustration transferred over them. Tirocchi Collage Blue
Details of the collage bushes
The finished pieces can be viewed at table 6 at Chez Pascal restaurant-960 Hope Street Providence. These pieces will be displayed at the restaurant until the end of the indiegogo campaign. If your interested in donating to help preserve this amazing Providence landmark please click here to find out more https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/preserve-prentice-pvd#/story
The 2 original 2'x2' collages are $1200 each.
I'm also offering each collage as prints as well. If you donate $250 you can get a 12"x12" image printed on board in either yellow or blue or if you donate $125 you will receive a 6"x6" image printed on paper in either yellow or blue.
The black illustration printed on a wooden block (6"x6") is available as well for $125