Last week rejection, is this weeks winner

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.

The highs and lows of the art world.

a picture from my iphone of the winning piece

Encaustic Monotype

Many people ask how I do my artwork. Since encaustic is not very popular and then add to it that I paint with a blowtorch or with a HotBox, I get lots of strange looks. I just would be better off saying that I am an abstract expressionists. But for those who do want to see what I do, this quick video is just a basic idea of how I create my art. My process is more elaborate and intensive and experimental. This video should answer some questions and I am sure open the door to more questions (which I would gladly answer) Enjoy

New Monotypes

Just finished a group of 3 monotypes. I used metallic encaustic so I am calling this group “Gold Rush”  They are small pieces 8×11 and they are done on Rice Paper and mounted on wood panels. The photo’s don’t show the “shine” & “matte” areas. Since the encaustic medium is on both sides of the paper, when I polish the artwork, the areas that have encaustic medium create a high gloss shine when buffed.

Monoprint Encaustic-Test

I leave for Santa Fe on Wednesday for my monoprint classes with Paula Rolland. But of course, I can’t wait, so I decide to “figure it out on my own” I already own a Hot Box to make the prints and I have encaustic pigments so I experimented on my own. It took a few attempts and I created the piece on view here. monoprint.jpgBut as usual, I was rushing the process to do more with no technical experience and, well, lets just say I will wait for the class. I made more of a mess and wasted my supplies. But I believe in trial and error. But at least I will know what not to do.