“Geometrics” – Acrylic Over Collage Demo

About Faith

I was born and raised in Wales UK and studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London. I came to Germany to pursue an operatic career as a mezzo soprano and sang over 100 opera roles, including title roles such as Carmen, Joan of Arc and Oktavian in Der Rosenkavalier. Other professional occupations have include voice teacher, chorus director, language teacher and writer.

I have been writing stories plays and poetry, making music and painting for as long as I can remember. Most of my early poetry has been lost. Serious dedication to painting followed from the year 2000 to fill in the spiritual vacuum left from no longer working in the theatre. The empty canvas is like a stage. It’s up to the performer to give it life and light!

Paintings can be seen on my website at http://www.redbubble.com/people/faithart as well as numerous other online venues such as my blogs: http://faithpuleston.blogspot.com/ , http://faithpuleston.blogspot.com/ (the main one) and http://fapj.blogspot.com/ (extra for writing).. Enjoy your visits to my online premises, but please remember that all my output is protected by copyright.

“Geometrics” painted in acrylics over collage in August 2009

This is my first attempt at recording how a painting came to life! It wasn’t really difficult, but by next week l might have forgotten! I have lots of paintings which I must have painted in some kind of trance state since do not remember what I did and when! No I wasn’t drugged or drunk! Another omission means that I do not always know exactly when I painted something or how long it took, but mainly because I paint a lot in oils and the drying processes are fairly long. This painting was done in 5 days between 19th and 23rd August. I don’t claim either that this is a guide to abstract painting or that this painting is a work of art! But it was fun and someone might like to read about the “journey”.

After being consigned to recycling and given a good scouring, the canvas (60x80cm) was first painted all over with a thin lemon wash (no photo).

A sheet of tissue paper was painted with the three main colours chosen for the painting: lemon yellow (primary), bordeaux red (secondary) and olive green (tertiary) , then the paper was cut freely into squares and other geometric forms. The pieces of coloured paper were stuck onto the canvas. Since canvas is flexible, you can’t stick too much heavy stuff on it. Cement will eventually crumble! A thin wash of bordeaux and green was added. Sorry I forgot to switch the flash off. It was too late to rephotograph by the time I realized that.


The original three colours were used to bring out some of the design elements.


The shading was modified to provide more contrast and further design elements were added. A light red was used to lighten some of the red areas .


Details were added to various elements.


Black was introduced to give more contrasts, unify the design and unite some of the elements. Some of the elements were tidied up.


Yet another new element was added (can you spot it below?) and adjustments made using all the colours used previously. White was not used in this painting.


Finally, I anchored the floating objects by adding spidery black lines touching the edges. I painted round the edges in very dark Bordeaux and corrected one or two passive areas on the perimeter of the painting. I did not use white in this painting. I think it’s finished now!


After more consideration I made a few more alterations to the painting, mainly smoothing out some of the surfaces. The absolutely final version is shown below! Well, maybe……….



  1. Kathy Bob says

    Thanks for sharing this step by step demo into a fabulous painting. I have been wanting to do this type of work but didn’t know the processes.Thank you for posting this in a way I can relate to and is encouraging for me to step out of the box.

    My faith will endure.
    Kathy Bob

  2. olistef says

    Thank you for recording your painting progress and sharing it, it is very instructive to me. And it is a great painting too 🙂

  3. Van Marciano Art says

    Great progress was great for your to share with us, thanks for posting and all the best.

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  5. Bennie says

    hank you for recording your painting progress and sharing it, it is very instructive to me. And it is a great painting too.

  6. Sheena from inspirational stories of faith says

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