I get bored very easily with my work. I start a piece, thinking it would become a series and then I complete one piece and decide I don’t want to do another in the series. Or I start the second piece and it just is not like the first piece. I think I just fall in love with the first piece and that is that. So I thought back in my art career and the only time that I never got tired of similar techniques is when I work in shapes or collage type pieces. So I thought to combine 2 things, collage of shapes, with transfers of solid color from magazines.
As a former “fashion” person I still get every fashion and decor magazine to my house. I love them. My husband says that I would never be alone, as long as they keep publishing Vogue. I love my rainy days with my big cup of coffee and my fashion mags. Sorry but once a fashion girl, always a fashion girl. So I have tons of media to work with.
I teach encaustics and always demo transfers to the students, but I never loved it. Part is that I don’t like using anothers image in my work. But transfering color from the magazine is almost like when I did the citrasolve on the magazine paper.
So here is the start of it. Just cutting shapes of color and seeing how to apply it. So far so good. May not lead to anything, but this is sure great for my OCD.
I entered two of my encaustic monotypes into the “Construct” show at Artserve in Ft. Lauderdale. My membership to Artserve will expire in Sept. It was last year’s birthday present to myself. I had been a bit disappointed by the “call to artists” that they had all year. I decided to be selective of how and where I place my work. I attend many of the artshows at the local guilds, and even thought they have a theme, I never can see it in the art that is on display. Maybe it is just me.
So I decide to submit my small prints (4″ x 4″) into the show. The theme “Construct” was asking for artwork that would be used for home decoration. Since my prints have that “look” of decorator art (again, what I think it should be) I decided to put in 2 pieces. One piece I had professionally framed. This piece was going to be my “showcase” piece, so that people can see how a tiny piece of work, when framed, can create a look. My second piece I framed myself in a small frame.
So I enter and a week later I attend the opening. I go, the gallery is packed and do not see my work hanging, so I thought, “Oh great, rejected again” as I start to leave a fellow artist, Susan Clifton, says, hey AJ congratulations and I say for what, my art is not even hanging. It was behind her work and she said in the program it stated I won best in show. The reception started at 6, but I didn’t get there until 7 and all the programs had been distributed.
I was amazed.I met the Judge, an architect and painter from Germany who teaches at the university in Boca Raton. He wanted to know how I did it and loved the piece. Even the Board of Directors came up to me and said, it was unanimous, when we had the final selection, we all said “that one” .
And what did I win, a full year’s membership to Artserve. But what I really got out of it was confidence and validation.
Just finished and I am exhausted. Learned how to dip papers in wax, fuse with a 600 watt light bulb (with protective eyewear) and worked on scrolls. I am on overload. But Paula always has fun workshops. Decided to purchase another Hotbox with a large plate. I like to work very small or very big.
It was interesting that 2 other “artists” are thinking about becoming full time artists. These 2 artists I met 3 years ago at Ghost Ranch in Abiqui. Now they, like myself are looking to retire from our full time jobs to pursue our art.
There must have been something in the water that day at the Ghost Ranch. We are 3 different age groups, even though I am on the verge of still being a baby boomer, yet we are all in the same place.
I posted all the photos of the workshop on my flicker page.
A few weeks ago I was part of an art fair in Minneola, Florida. I was doing an encaustic Hot Box demo and I was making small 4×4 abstracts. I had framed a few pieces and my intention was just to show how encaustic wax can be used as for a monotype. Well one women insisted on purchasing one in a frame and a few others. Since then people have been emailing me when I can come back or how do they purchase a piece. So I am going to be posting them on line to sell. Go know that a demo can become a piece of art. I guess the public is more creative then I am.
I finally found a look that I like. It only has taken me 2 years to find a theme to work on. I had been trying all different techniques, but I know that when I worked in acrylics I always like the negative space and would remover layers with sandpaper. I can’t sandpaper the wax, but I do like to scrap. I also have to slow down, as I get to anxious and have to remember to scrap when the wax has sat for a few hours. I would always scrap when the wax was not cool and I would scrape off everything down to the panel. I am so use to working in fashion at a frantic pace-I lived Project Runway, and I have to remember that I don’t do that anymore.
But I am really happy with this direction I am taking.
I heard many artists talking about the Knight Foundation Grant so I checked it out. The first process is a brief description and then you submit the on-line application. Then they review it and if the foundation is interested they ask you for a full proposal. It is a matching grant, which means that if you are awarded $10 they give you $5 and you have to get the rest to match. You have one year to match the funding and it cannot be from yourself. I applied about bringing an open studio just for encaustic works. We shall see.