Tag: mixed media art

2015 Whimsical Wares Spring Show

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After a very successful show with Whimsical Wares this past November, I decided to team up with them again and participate in their spring show. Debbie And Helaine have worked endless hours to find artists who offer interesting arts, crafts, jewelry, and other unique gifts. This show is just in time for Mother’s Day shopping and the upcoming wedding season. It opens today, located in Marietta at 255 Village Parkway, Building 500, Suite 580.

Show times:

-Thursday, 4/23, 10:00 am-8:00 pm

-Friday, 4/24, 10:00 am-7:00 pm

-Saturday, 4/25, 10:00 am-5:00pm

-Sunday, 4/26, 11:00am-3:00pm

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For this show I decided to include a mix of my encaustic mixed media, letter prints, and pottery. I love working with a variety of media, and I am excited to present the wide range I work in.

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This year, I started experimenting with slip casting after teaching a slip cast lesson to my high school, 3D Design II students. I fell in love with the process, and began making my own slip cast molds of antique milk jugs and mason jars. You can shop my new slip cast creations at the Whimsical Wares show, at Crafted Westside, located off Marietta Street in Atlanta, or at the Crafted pop up shop in Avalon, Alpharetta.

IMG_2437In addition to my slip cast pieces, I also have my usual flower decorated bowls and mugs. I also have a few saggar fired bowls, which creates interesting smoke like patterns on the pieces.

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I hope you find time to check out the Whimsical Wares spring show. If you miss it this weekend, you can also check out my artwork at the 17th annual Wesleyan Artist Market, opening next weekend, 4/30/15 through 5/2/15.

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Encaustic Art: Exploring Mixed Media and Carving Wax

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For the past three years I have dabbled in the world of encaustic art. I began incorporating it into sections of my mixed media paintings, and slowly it became my primary medium. I have learned so much in the last three years, how to achieve smooth surfaces, how to manipulate the layers, and most recently, how to incorporate carving into my designs.

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As I began working with encaustic, I primarily focused on black and white paintings of singular objects on top of collaged layers and encaustic medium. A water tower from my years living in Athens, ginkgo leaves from the tree at my Atlanta home, and images of chickens, among many other things, began finding their way into my works of art. I realized each of these objects represented a different piece of my past and present. They were self-portraits through objects, small snippets of the memories that make me up.

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As I began exploring the concept of self-portraits and representing memories further, I realized specific objects would immediately come to mind as I reminisced on certain events and moments in my past. Likewise, when I saw certain objects, memories would begin flooding back. These fleeting images in my mind became the basis for my newest works of art, objects carved out of colored wax, revealing the collaged layers in the background.

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The lines and shapes of the objects are mimicked in the background, making them feel like one. The carving out of the objects, creating a negative space, represents the fleeting images that come to mind as memories are processed. I want the objects to almost feel temporary as the viewer looks at them.

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Perhaps my favorite part of my recent artistic journey, is hearing how my images have also brought memories back to the viewers who see them. As they take in the lines, shapes, and colors, they tell me how their grandfather used to have a camera like that, or how they used to live on a farm. Their stories intertwine with my own, and continue to inspire these encaustic works of art.

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Giveaway: Personalized House Painting or Map Painting (closed)

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I’m very excited, after a very long break, to once again host a giveaway of my own items! With the holiday season quickly approaching I decided it was a great time to highlight two items that could make great, personalized gifts this season.

In my Etsy shop I have a wide range of items, but some of my favorite things I create are the personalized letters and silhouette encaustic paintings. I love giving people the opportunity to take something, and make it their own, turn it into the perfect fit for a gift to a loved one, or even yourself.

Both the personalized house and map mixed media pieces are a great way to give a gift that someone will appreciate and treasure, because it has that personal touch. I was so excited when these turned out just the way I imagined, and couldn’t wait to put them up on Etsy. However, the one downside is the amount of time needed in order to create and ship each piece. I require at least 2 weeks to make your piece, from start to finish, and ship it. It may take 3 days to a week to arrive once it has been shipped (shipping times may vary). With the holidays rapidly appearing on the horizon, I hope these pieces will still be a gift option in the coming weeks.

House Painting detailThe house encaustic, mixed media painting was a piece I did a few months ago, of the duplex apartment I lived in when I first moved to Atlanta. I loved the early 1900’s house, and all the charm it brought, and felt the feel of the house was capture in the encaustic painting, collage. I have plans to re-create each house I live in as my husband and I expand our living quarters, our family, and experience new places. I can visualize a grid pattern on our wall of all our beloved homes.

I love this concept because a home is incredibly important. A home is so much more than a roof over your head, it’s love, comfort, and memories.  I hope everyone has a home they fondly remember, the home they grew up in, Grandma’s house they used to visit, or the house they bought as newlyweds and had their first child in.

To create your own home painting all you have to do is send me a picture of the home you wish to memorialize in your encaustic collage.  I will take your picture, turn it into a silhouette, transfer it on top of my encaustic wax and pattern paper, and add details back with oil paint. After it has dried it will be wrapped up and sent off to you.

A 6″x6″ personalized home is one option for this giveaway!

Map Painting DetailAnother option for this giveaway is a personalized map encaustic collage. As a University of Georgia graduate, and resident of Athens, GA for 5 wonderful years, re-creating a map of Athens was an easy choice. I love the pattern the intersecting roads create. This is a more abstract option, yet just as personalized and important as the house paintings.

I love the cities I have had the opportunity to live in. Each place has it’s own unique characteristics and charm. I loved the familiarity and safety of Roswell, the cool, artsy feel of Athens, and the small town, yet big city feel of Atlanta. The city you live in is almost as important as your home. It’s where you make your friends, begin laying down roots, and create new experiences.

To create your own map piece all you have to do is send me the city and state of the map you would like recreated and I will take it from there! I will research a suitable map, simplify it in photoshop, transfer it on top of my encaustic wax and pattern paper, and add details back with oil paint. After it has dried it will be wrapped up and sent off to you.

A 6″x6″ personalized map is another option for this giveaway!

To enter this giveaway all you have to do is visit my Etsy shop here and like my shop! Comment below with the name you liked my shop under and tell me which item you want to win. For a second entry like your favorite item and comment below with a link to the item you liked. For a third entry share this post on facebook or twitter, comment below with a link to your share! To ensure you are entered 3 separate times, make sure you comment three separate times!

Next Tuesday, 11/26/13 I will randomly selected one winner using the plugin, “And the Winner Is…”. The winner will be notified via e-mail, and will have the opportunity to select which encaustic mixed media piece they would like created. If the winner does not respond in 24 hours a new winner will be selected.

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Remember, the holiday season is almost upon us! Help support local and handmade and check out your local artisans or Etsy shops for a variety of handmade. If you love one of my pieces make sure you allow 2 weeks for a personalized piece to be made and 1 week for shipping. To ensure delivery by Christmas order everything 2 weeks before Christmas day.

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Art: The 6×6 Series

 

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After working large scale for the past five years I decided it was time to try something new, and downsize. Fueled by my desire to live off of my art and sell more art on Etsy, I began looking into cheaper ways to make art in order to make it more marketable to the masses. I didn’t want to lower the integrity of my work, so the best way to achieve this was to go small. I made a trip to my local art supply shop and picked up 6″x6″ panels.

I knew I wanted to continue experimenting with mixed media and encaustic waxes, and it didn’t take long for me to realize I could combine my love for visual journals and painting into one work of art. I turned to my bin of pattern paper and began cutting, ripping, and layering. I loved the flattened look I could create by using sections of patterns to create a sky and ground. From there I began incorporating silhouettes, and my 6×6 “snapshot” series came to life.

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These images are meant to be snippets, snapshots of life. They reflect my life, thoughts, memories, and fleeting images that have found spaces in my brain. I look for interesting shapes, appealing images, and something that brings to mind a story. This idea of a story doesn’t mean it has to have a beginning and an end, it is simply a section, and snapshot.

One of my favorite things about this new series is how they can come together to say something. By grabbing a chicken, bicycle, and pinecone, and hanging them in a group, something begins to emerge. Somehow these images reflect me, my past and present me, and it says something. I also love that I can sell them for $35. Anyone can afford a one of a kind work of art, a Whitney original. There is nothing more special than finding a piece that speaks to you, knowing that someone put their thought and time into it, and having something one of a kind decorating your home. I hope as Etsy, craft fairs, and other methods of selling art become more popular more people realize how accesible the art world is.

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Mixed Media Art: Encaustic Chair

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I am very excited to share my most recent art series. I began experimenting with encaustic collage with my fork and spoon paintings (click here to see them) and recently tried out patterned paper collages, and fell in love!

I have always enjoyed collaging, which is evident through my enthusiasm for visual journaling, and I am excited I have found a way to merge my two art styles. For a long time I created figurative works of art, and it is time to move away from that and challenge myself to do something new, which is where the objects came from.

For each painting I will focus on one object, it can be anything from a chair to a key to a clock. Through this series I hope to take these mundane, everyday objects and transform them, and  bring attention back to them.

I am also interested in other people’s interpretation of these everyday things, which is where you come in. I would like to know what these objects make you think of. Does a simple picture of a chair bring to mind memories, comforts, or images of your own favorite chair?

These objects that we use on a daily basis inevitably become a part of who we are through repetition, tradition, memories, or even our daily needs. Whether we recognize it or not these things plant themselves into our minds and memories, and may one day come knocking when we see a similar teapot, which could remind you of celebrating your American Doll’s birthdays with annual tea parties, at least that is what it does to me.

A thought that has crossed my mind with this series is to create a response piece to each of the originals, which will incorporate other people’s perspectives on what these objects mean. I hope to collage these written responses into the background of the response piece.

Good, bad, or mundane I want to know! If you would like to participate in my next work of art all you have to do is comment below about what this chair, or chairs in general make you think of. Thanks for your assistance in my creative pursuits! On your way down to the comment area enjoy some detail shots of my recent work of art!

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If you fell in love with this piece and have to have it, you can buy it! It is now listed on my Etsy shop here! As always, thanks for stopping by!

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