Thursday, March 28, 2013

Art Show/ Art At Highland

With the loving help of my family and friends the art show was a great success!

Adeeb did the new biz cards!!! and WEBSITE , YEAH! Please have a look at the website, artbycasm.com it is sooo cool.  I am very fortunate to have such talented sons:-)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

4 New Canvases


While I was working on the BIG canvas which is still in progress, Riaz finished 4 more canvases! All 18x24" and beautiful.

Immediately I started to gesso the canvases so I could work on them. When I'm too tired to do art I am framing, photographing, doing an inventory, pricing, labeling and bubble wrapping pieces for the art show. I have one son doing my art website, business cards and booth sign and some framing, another making canvases and the third is handling money. I'm keeping everyone on their toes including Hubby who is the photographer and psychiatrist  when doubt sets in. Whoa this is a lot of work, but exciting:)


First of the four done! This will be at 'Art at Highland'

Thursday, March 7, 2013

From Beginning to End Part 2


First layer of wax has been painted on.


Fusing the first layer of wax with my handy torch. You can't see the flame but you can see on the canvas the patch of shiny wax which has melted.

After a full day and a half of arranging and rearranging the painted rust prints I use an old iron heated on my hot plate to fuse them to the first layer of wax. The weight and heat of the iron fuse the paper perfectly into the piece. 

Before painting the second layer of wax and resin I decided the piece needed some squares, this is the point in the work where you started to react to the piece rather then forcing it into my original concept. Maybe you could say you start to deal with the reality rather then the imagined? So I grabbed objects around the studio to weigh down square cut outs, which will later be removed and the empty space be filled with white wax. The objects looked so cute lined up on the canvas I had to take their picture :-)

Second layer of wax has been painted on and fused, now it is time to start scrapping  I may add a third layer and then I get to make some marks in the wax, FUN!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

From Beginning to End Part 1

I've started my largest encaustic piece to date. It measures 24"x36". My talented son Riaz made the cradled board canvas beautifully.  It is so pretty I am tempted to leave it as is, then I remind myself what it was created for.
My sister  made a suggestion that has been incubating and I think this piece would be good for her idea to record the process of making one of my encaustic painting.

The concept I have for this piece is to create layers of rust marks on translucent paper to give an organic  look to it as if the piece was created 100's of years ago and then nature added it's marks along the way. I want light to shine through the piece, so I need a white ground.

The first step is to prepare the board with white gesso. I use Tracy Willan's recipe for gesso. It took about 5 layers of gesso, taking 2 days with drying time to get a smooth white finish. Being a natural product the gesso has a earthy smell to it as it dries. Some would say it unpleasant but I like it, it reminds me of our horse barn when growing up.
Not the best picture, it has been snowing and overcast , so not much light in the studio today
While the canvas is drying I continue to make the rust prints that will be used in the painting.

Just the beginning, lots more to go
 It has taken about a week to make all the prints I will use.
My favorite part comes next...painting the rust prints, using oils, inks and rust. I'm going to do a lot so I can choose the best for the piece.




The rust prints are ready to be adhered to the canvas. 

The pieces' first layer is a beautiful feast for the eyes.

I could be perfectly happy to leave the canvas just like this, at least for a while, yet I am eager to add the first layer of beeswax and resin....stay tune.