Saturday, June 8, 2013

Orange-haired girl ~ 5 x 7 acrylic study

Have just looked back at a few "recent" posts, and noticed that I have posted only encaustics since October.  I am so enjoying doing encaustics, but, honestly, I haven't stopped doing acrylics or watercolors.  I teach both every week, and certainly paint for the classes!

So, in an effort to get my groove back, I intend to post a mix on a more regular basis again.

Here's a little one I am doing as a part of a "mini-series" of female figures, some dressed, some not, some from life drawing, some figures that couldn't be identified if you tried, from old magazines.  All I am doing is trying to get the gesture and dress them [or not] the way I want.  The hair, face, features, clothes, etc. are all from my imagination. 

I am doing a few of these, all with orange hair, because I love them.  Will post a few others soon.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Where does the time go?

Nobody told me how much work outside of making art it takes to be "legit."  I have been up to my ears in alligators planning for shows, classes and so forth.  I love it all, but I need an extra day of the week.  Don't you?

Tonight I will be finishing a couple of paintings, framing and wiring, and doing a price list.  Our little shared-space gallery is participating in the Anacortes First Friday Art Walk this Friday, and the three of us are hanging new work.  We are excited about this show because this month, it is a two-day event, and we will not only be entertaining those who drop by Friday, we will also be demo-ing on Saturday for a few hours.  The start of summer in Anacortes is a time of anticipation and excitement that good times are here!

And in July, I will be on The Skagit Artists Together Studio Tour, which is exciting as well.  I will be hosting in my brand new studio, which is in the lower level of my home.  It's walk-out, so no stairs!

And then, I will be starting a new series for the La Conner Arts Alive! Show at Maple Hall the first weekend in November.  Yikes!  All that, and I will continue to teach through the summer.
For the past couple of years, I have run my summer series of weekly classes for both acrylics and watercolors at the Burlington and Anacortes Senior Centers that I call "Art Camp for Adults," in which anything goes with any medium.  Always fun, and the students enjoy the "play time."

But, that's not all.  I have been loving working in my new studio, particularly with my encaustics ... that I don't have to put away after I use them.  They can stay up and be ready to use in an instant.  Now it is no longer a big effort to set up and clean up.  So, here is the result of my most recent effort with beeswax.

Encaustic Crows with pigmented beeswax, oil pastels and oil bars ~ 12" x 12" on 1/4 inch five ply