Tag: encaustic painting

Carving Encaustic: Negative Space Birch Trees

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For the past six months I have been experimenting with encaustic medium. After spending the last three years using encaustic as a medium to collage and layer with, I have decided it is time to take it a step further. My 3D and 2D interests were brought together when I began carving into the top layer of wax to create objects, and expose the collaged layers below.

The Chair_PanettaIt all started with my Hitchcock chair encaustic, read more about it here. I originally planned to “paint” the chair form with yellow encaustic, but when I realized I didn’t have enough control over the melting of the material to get the small details, I opted to carve it instead. I fell in love with the process and the look.

The antlers and cow skull followed the chair, and now, my latest and largest piece, is my birch tree encaustic.

I layered paper on the wood panel, planning out where each birch tree would be placed. I intentionally put neutral colored paper in the background, and blocked out the birch tree forms with a silver pattern paper. To break up the colors, I opted for the largest birch tree form to have a different pattern and color combination, with golds, bronzes, browns, and tans.

Once the paper layers were complete, I painted and fused multiple layers of encaustic medium until I had a smooth surface. Next, I painted and fused neutral white encaustic in the center of the piece. Once the layers were set, I took a knife and began the carving process.

I love the play between the positive and negative space. I look forward to continuing to explore this new process in the future with new pieces large and small. Be on the lookout for better pictures once I have it hanging in my house!

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Craft Fair: 2014 Marist Holiday Traditions

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For the past two years I have lightly dabbled in the world of art and craft fairs. It was easy to get involved in the beginning, my school offered an annual Artist Market, and all of the set up was provided. After experiencing success, I decided to keep an eye out for other, indoor festivals. I wasn’t quite ready for the investment of the display and tent for an outdoor festival, but felt ready to step outside of the comfort zone of my school and explore other possibilities.

Nick helped build a beautiful display for my first festival in Athens. I had moderate success, and continued to pursue other opportunities. Since the beginning of my festival quest, I have heard about the Marist Holiday Traditions. I have heard rumors about the crowds, the eager buyers of all things handmade, and the huge size of it.

Last year, while participating in Wesleyan’s Artist Market, another vendor raved over my items and urged me to apply to Holiday Traditions. It was just the confidence boost I needed, and I submitted my application. In addition to the Marist art show, I also submitted applications to St. Pius X Marketplace, and the Marietta Whimsical Wares.

I was thrilled when I found out I was accepted to all three, then overwhelmed when I realized they were three weekends in a row. I quickly set aside my fears, and got to work. I have spent the last couple of months pumping out work, and can’t wait to put it on display. I will have some pieces from last year as well as a number of new additions. I plan to post pictures of my latest work throughout this week.

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I will have matted, letter prints for just $10.00 each. This is a personalize and cost friendly gift option. These prints are made from my mixed media encaustic letter paintings, which will be available for $25.00 each. Combine letters to spell a word, to represent each member of a family, or create a monogram.

Jukebox Encaustic

I will also have my 6″x6″ encaustic paintings. I have added 17 new pieces. Each one is layered with collage paper, an image transfer, and oil paint. I love seeing the connection people have with each painting. A jukebox may spark a childhood memory in one person, while another remembers being rocked to sleep looking at the rocking chair silhouette. Each painting is meant to spark feelings of nostalgia, little snapshots of objects tied to our memory. These will be available for just $35.00 each, a very affordable price for a one of a kind gift.

Chair Encaustic

I have also continue to experiment with larger “object” encaustics. I select an object I feel connected to, and turn it into an encuastic collage. I layer paper, encaustic wax, and oil paint. Once I have my layers set, I lightly sketch the object into the wax, then carve it out, revealing the layers in the background. I love the simplicity of the shapes, with the complexity of the background filling the negative space. Similar to my 6″x6″ paintings, these also focus on the how we tie memories to objects.

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This mixed media piece will be available at the raffle! I hope it finds its way to a good home.

MARIST HOLIDAY TRADITIONS:

  • 400 volunteers
  • 240 vendors
  • Raffle of hundreds of items
  • Multiple buildings
  • Bake sale
  • Cooked Goose Cafe
  • 1 day: 11/8/14
  • 9am-4pm
  • $3.00 admission fee

Marist claims to be one of the largest juried art and crafts shows in the Southeast, and based on the information I have received so far, I believe it. If you live in the Atlanta or Georgia area, come check out the Marist Holiday Traditions. It is the perfect season for shopping, and the perfect place to buy a unique, handmade item for gifts. Address is below, I hope to see you there! Remember, perfection is overrated, buy handmade.

3790 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30319.

From I-285 East OR West, take exit # 29 onto Ashford Dunwoody Road. Head South towards Atlanta, away from Perimeter Mall. Marist is located approximately 1.0 mile inside I-285 on the right hand side.

From I-85 take I-285 West to exit # 29. Turn left onto Ashford-Dunwoody Road, away from Perimeter Mall. Marist is located approximately 1.0 mile inside I-285 on the right hand side.

From I-75 take I-285 East to exit # 29. Turn right onto Ashford-Dunwoody Road, away from Perimeter Mall. Marist is located approximately 1.0 mile inside I-285 on the right hand side.

From Buckhead take Peachtree Road North. Turn left onto Ashford-Dunwoody Road, go approximately 0.9 miles. Bear left at 1st light, right at 2nd light, stay on Ashford Dunwoody Road, go approximately 0.8 miles. The entrance to Marist School will be on the left at the stop light.

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Mixed Media Art: Encaustic Water Tower

Mixed Media Art- Encaustic Water Tower

 

This is the second piece mixed media art I want to share with you from my new series, mixed media objects. This one is made using similar methods as my chair painting (click here to see it).

I collage patterned paper to create a base and switch between melting layers of wax and cut outs to create a sense of depth. To top it off I painted a water tower, using oil paint.

This is another addition to my “mundane object” series. Water towers have always been intriguing to me with their round, cylindrical shapes dotting the horizon, intermixed with tree tops.

I love how they can become a town landmark, or transform into golf balls, peaches, and a variety of odd shapes. However, my favorite are the old, abandoned, rusted through towers. The once beacons of forgotten towns and abandoned warehouses.

This piece reminds me of an afternoon walking through the abandoned warehouse across from my apartment complex in college. Nick, my roommate Theresa, and I spent the day walking through falling in rooms, photographing broken windows, and graffiti. It began as a plan to fulfill my photography class homework assignment, and ended as a mini adventure. One of my favorite photographs from that day is the old water tower, paired with a large oak. Both co existing, somewhat forgotten, yet still standing tall and proud.

If you would like to participate in my new series share a memory, thought, or a simple word association with this piece or water towers in general. I would love to include your comments in my next piece! Thanks for your help and your support!

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