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Monday, November 14, 2011

Oak Man finished

First let me apologize for such a poor photo.  It is slightly out of focus.  Not too bad, but I am doing this quickly before it gets too dark.  I just finished Oak Man and had to share the outcome.  A bit late but, that seems the way life is of late.  Anyway, here he is and you can get am idea of how it looks.  I will be taking better pictures of him later in the month when I can get to the studio.

I used some of the same techniques that were used in the tree spirit piece in the last post.  Many layers of paint and glaze.  I love this process and will probably keep exploring this technique a bit further now that I have several under my belt so to speak.  Truthfully this is the one thing that has sustained me the last few weeks.  I go to such a happy place when I am working on my art.  There are so many ideas I can't seem to get them all going.  Thank goodness for sketch books and journals.

Oh, I am thinking of offering an expanded version of my acrylic mediums class this winter after the holidays.  What do you all think?  Would any of you be interested in that?  It would be in January after all the holiday madness is over.  I would love to hear your thoughts on the idea.

I hope you all have a great weekend out there.  I hope to post a few more in progress pics of some small pieces I am trying to finish before I start new stuff.  Best laid plans as they say.  Love you all and see ya on the flip side.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Monthly Mediums Challenge

The Plaza Artists Materials Cincinnati Clifton branch is the host of our employee mediums challenge.  It is the art retail supply store where I work.  We employees have taken it upon ourselves to work with a variety of mediums each month.  The medium is chosen for each month and this latest installment is all about acrylic paint mediums.  In my last post I showed you some in progress pictures of the pieces I was working.  Well I finished the wood nymph and she is now residing at the store for a month before she travels to the Essex Studios for Decembers art walk.  Unless of course a customer at work falls in love with her and wants to buy her.  Her companion Oak Man is not finished but, I will be working on him this weekend.  So without further ado here is Wood Nymph an experiment in acrylic mediums and mixed media.

Wood Nymph is 12x16 inches mounted on a stretched canvas for structural support. I used a variety of mediums and paint techniques on her.  There is a textured handmade paper that was applied to the surface of the panel before the figure was sculpted on it.  Then I used Super Heavy matte gel medium to create additional texture.  Next a layer of crackle paste was applied in a few areas.  Once that was all dry she was coated with several coats of Gesso.  Then the long paint process of glazing layers and a dusting of metallics for a bit of shimmer.  It took me approximately 14 hours to complete her.

That's it for today.  I hope to post Oak Man sometime this weekend when he is finished.  Thank you as always for stopping by.