Today I'm putting beeswax on the panels. I have painted some of them with milk paint, and left some as raw plywood. I like the look of both. I also made a quick video of how I apply the wax. I have a little downtime waiting for more wax to melt. Hope you enjoy watching my progress. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0XyLLLuSY0&feature=youtu.be
Got the milk paint on the panels. Going to have a few without paint, just to mix it up a little and add some interest when they are all hanging together. Tomorrow I'll melt the beeswax and get it on. Now I'm going through the compositions I'm going to use. Hard decisions:)
Looks like things are going to get crazy. I've had some great opportunities come my way and I'm ready to take the challenges head on. One of the biggest things I have coming up is a show in Fort Wayne Indiana, at Artworks Galleria. I'm excited about the chance to be in such a cool show, and the chance to show my Encaustic paintings out of state for the first time. So, now that I know I'm in the show, I have to paint the panels. The problem is that I have to paint them before the end of October! No problem. I hope! So along the way I'm going to try and document my process every day. This will be a big challenge for me, but I think it might be interesting to follow. The paintings are only 8" square, but it's hard to get details in that size. I'm sure I'll have a few days of cursing:) Stay tuned, I'm preparing the panels today and tomorrow. I might not write a lot, but I'll at least post a photo and quick comment as each day happens. I'll also have post about the Fall Fest at The Hermitage.
Well, I'm back! Finally getting some of my other projects caught up so I can get back in the studio. I spent most of today working on an artist statement that will explain a new series of paintings. It's amazing how much you can learn about yourself and your work when you really take time to think about the how, what, and why to making art. Now that I'm more confident in explaining my work I think that will make it more meaningful to others. I've also learned that to make my best, I need to make it for myself, not for the masses.
Look for some new things in the next month or so. I'll continue the wax (encaustic) paintings, but the compositions will be getting more complicated. Plus, I'm working on creating a large painting in a public space, so people can drop by and see me working. I might even have a live web feed for my out of town fans. Maybe that will help get better at blogging more regularly:-)
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