Experimenting with transfers

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.

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First time my art was rejected from a local show…

I was so excited to submit a piece of work in a show at a local gallery called “Summer Heat”. I just started this new process of melting the wax under a 600 watt lamp and working with the drips. I also thought how appropriate it was “melted” for a show titled “Summer Heat”.
I have not been successful with the local art guilds in South Florida and there are now many “vanity Galleries” that you pay for wall space. But I have faith that I will find my niche here in South Florida. Since I am not working full-time at the moment, I can work in the studio and start to connect with the galleries in Miami.
But I must admit I am upset. I have never had my work rejected, but then again, it may not fit in with the other work that was submitted.
I wonder if they will return my entry fee????

Santa Fe Day 2 and everyone seems to be reinventing themselves…

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.

last piece and exhausted

What is a Hot Cake??

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.

Distress is the look for me… for now

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.

Starving Artist Show

I missed the opening of the Starving Artist Show that was held at Gallery 6 at the Ft.Lauderdale Library. I was amazed of the big space that the library has. I was not amazed that my work was hard to find. It was hanging with photography. I am assumimg because the pieces had been small, but since I am the only artist who works in encaustic, my work doesn’t “match” any other type of art. I work in abstract so I always think I would get hung next to abstract art. The only way I will ever get my artwork to be hung the way I like it is to get a show of my own. Here is a video of the 2 pieces that I entered into the show.

Starting New Years resolution early…

Since I never plan my New Year’s resolution, I just announce it on Jan 1 st, I decided this year that I need advance planning. I am sure that this is why the resolution never comes to fruition. This year I decided to being a full time artist who supports oneself from their art. Well, just announcing it is one thing, making it happen is another. I just thought I would twitter, facebook, and blog my way to accomplish my resolution. ¬†All of those vehicles have a purpose, but without a strategy it just makes me very efficient of learning every iPhone app to keep them all updated. And I don’t have a strategy for that either.

As I sit here planning my strategy for my day job ( I handle $9m in sales) I realized that I would have to start to plan my art career strategy. I have always been successful in my careers, but always for someone else. So tonight instead of working on my sales plan for work, when I am home it is about me.

I guess tomorrow I will not have my strategy ready for work, but I will have one ready for me. At this time in my life, that is more important.

Come this New Year when I announce my resolution I would have laid the groundwork this year, to make next year happen.