Mixed Media Artist

I work primarily in acrylics and collage.I use collage and beewax in my assemblage works and am now completing several shrines using found objects. I have been experimenting with encaustic collage and have found the medium very challenging. The paint is a combination of melted beeswax and pigment. A small amount of damar resin is added for hardness. I mix these paints myself and while painting all custom colors are mixed directly on a hot palette.
I will share my progress with this exciting medium with photos of work in progress and finished pieces.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Exploring Art

Looking at the art of some of my favorite artists is an enjoyable way to take a break from creating.
 Since I have been very busy working in wax getting ready for a demonstration I will be doing, I need to see work other than my own. The demo is at Twigs and Leaves Gallery, in North Carolina, and when the work is framed I will post some of it. .

  Donna Watson's paintings are elegant in their simplicity, always a challenge to accomplish using just the right amount of puzzle pieces to complete a work. She does it so well. I have such a fondness for nests and really like where she has placed this one. Please visit her website to see more of her work. It seems she also enjoys gardening, another good way to take a break from your artwork, as she has posted lovely photos of her  Zen garden on her blog.

24 x 24 

Spring + Light

Another artist that does understated beautifully is Rebecca Crowell. The textural quality of these paintings is what draws me to them. Visit her site http://www.rebeccacrowell.com for more like these. 

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

My Workspace and things I like to create with!


My reading area
Fun Stuff
Colorful Fabrics
More Fun Stuff
Sewing Corner
And more fun stuff
my easel
Some Acrylics

I didn't show my wax area as I've shared it before in this blog and can be viewed in that earlier post. I love my studio and would rather be here as anywhere else. Although my flower gardens are strong competition at this time of year.  

And my books ( just a small sampling) I can't resist an art book or any book for that matter. Right now I am reading,
Dreams of Joy, by Lisa See, a wonderful account of China when Mao took over and it became communist, Ape House, by Sara Gruen, and Art and Fear , by Bayles and Orland (which I re-read often and I recommend this to every artist)