Sunday, July 26, 2009

Encaustic Play Day

My friend Lisa came over yesterday for an encaustic play day. We got lots of wax projects done, made encaustic medium, and our own colors. Since it is so hot here in Texas, we had fans going to try to cool off the room-we had 3 palettes going all at 225 degrees, so the room was very warm.

I finished two pieces, with polymer clay replicas of some of my own fossils and shells, and incorporated some cool shell beads I found at Michael's craft store. These colors are completely out of my comfort zone, but I am pleased with the way they turned out.

I now have all the pieces I wanted to get done for the Waxy 100 exhibit at the Encaustic Center in Richardson, Texas. This show opens Friday, August 14th at 7:00pm, and continues until September 30th, 2009. All entries in this show are under $100.00.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

New Encaustic Series

Well, as promised, I am posting a new encaustic piece that is the first in a series I am planning. The piece includes a polymer clay mold that is from an actual nautilus fossil my dad owns. The rest of the piece includes encaustic wax, alcohol inks, cheesecloth, oil paint and oil pastels. I plan to do more with this nautilus mold, and will try to incorporate some other fossils that were given to me by my dad.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Art at Ellen's House

Last weekend some of us and I went over to our friend Ellen's house in Arlington for an art get-together. We had tons of fun, food, and got to work on whatever we wanted. While I was not as productive as some of the gals there, I did manage to complete 4 face pins like these two, and plan to open up an Etsy store very soon.

I also made a mold from one of my father's nautilus fossils (he is a retired geologist with many rocks and fossils about), and plan to use replicas in a series of encaustic works. I will post those pics as soon as I finish them.

Monday, July 6, 2009

New Doll

I have been working very hard over the July 4th weekend on a new art doll inspired by Joyce Cloutman's workshop, and some new encaustic pieces for the upcoming "Waxy 100" exhibit that will start in August. Since the due date for artwork is July 30th, I decided to get started now. Up to 5 pieces per artist will be admitted. I am excited to be able to participate in this. Anyway, here is the new doll. She is made from wire armature, polymer clay and encaustic wax.

Also, my friend Denise came over on Saturday to play with encaustic wax, and that is when I completed some wax pieces and started on a few more. This particular piece was something entirely different, but after scraping off the parts that did not work, I found this abstract was what it wanted to be. That is the way a lot of things turn out for me-I have something in mind, but the piece decides how it will turn out in the end. The piece on the left is actually my favorite of the ones that were completed this weekend, and I may just have to hang on to it for myself. We will see. Here are pictures of the other two that were completed. I still have to add the D-rings and braided wire for hanging, then they will be ready for the wall.