Inspired by an upcoming show at Blue Skies Gallery, I have been playing with a new medium- Encaustics! The show titled ‘Out of the Box’ encourages artists to prepare and exhibit new work in a medium other than what is on display at the gallery. Currently I have nails/ metal work on display and I saw this as an opportunity to try something new to me that I’ve had an interest in for a while. Honestly I have very little knowledge of the process, but this has never stopped me before and so far I have two pieces that I like quite a bit. The nude is my current favorite – I’ve been wanting to explore changing angles and proportions in my figure sculptures- I haven’t been able to push myself as far as I want in altering the curves and positioning, but I’m still working on it. Also, I’m not sure if a local gallery would hang the nude for me- I did a series of nudes last summer and was so excited. I could hardly wait to pack them and get them on display at the next show. I ended up covering ‘certain areas’ with fabric and magnets so that the nudes were covered but the fabric could be removed by the buyer. The director of the show came through and shared that she had panicked when she saw them being unpacked but saw the fabric and thanked me for the discretion While I understand they don’t want pornography I felt what I had was tasteful and was disappointed that nudes weren’t welcome at an art show. …oh well… Anyway, as far as this new medium, I’m sure the ‘real’ encaustic artist would balk at my method, but it’s been tons of fun. For today though I have a gourd order I’m working on and I’d better get back to it!
Nude measure 24″H x 10″W Floral measures 8″H x 10″W