Monday, June 22, 2009

More waxing

I bought a little FLIP Ultra video cam last week. I don't really have a clue how to work it yet. The first video I made I turned it sideways to get in more field of vision but then had the devil of a time figuring out in a program how to turn it vertical again. Finally, I figured it was just taking too much time for now learning how to cut and edit so much of it for YouTube. So you can't see the first part of the demo of working on the paintings I showed you in the previous post. SO, I made two little short ones from another angle and left as much of ME out of it as I could. I have no idea who that old fat woman is in the video. (smile) Anyway, it was hot in my studio kitchen...good place for hot wax, huh! I'm also uploading the two 12 x 12" panels that I'm titling They Paved Paradise 1 & 2 since I got some of my inspiration from that old song, Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Waxing Day

It wasn't too long a day in the studio. However, the time spent was fruitful...although it got hot with all the wax medium making and the palettes heated up. Almost 100 degree heat and hot palettes...yow!

I started working on two small panels for the Global Swarming show the other day and just had to wing it on what I was going to do next.

Months ago I was driving down the road and I heard the old Joni Mitchell song..."Big Yellow Taxi". It hit me like a ton of bricks..maybe I could use some of the lyrics as a part of my work for the Global Swarming show. I DON'T DO THEMES....I keep saying. Anyway...I have to for this show. So last week some of us worked on a couple of collaboration pieces but I still had to do a few of my individual pieces.

These pictures are about a 1/3 - 1/2 of the way into the process probably. ...maybe more.

I used collage papers and some of the lyrics.... "Put away that DDT now
Give me spots on my apples ..But LEAVE me the birds and the bees, Please!" along with others like... "Don’t it always seem to go That you don't know what you’ve got ‘Til it's gone. They paved paradise And put up a parking lot." it's cheesy...but that's all the ideas I have on themes. I just do what I do with paint and collage and hope it will work out.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Collaboration pictures

Carolyn sent me a couple of snipped pics from the video of all three of us working on our Collaboration for the Global Swarming show.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Learnng curve...again!

More learning curves. Learn Corel Video Studio to go along with my new PSP program.

Monday was a great day......doing something I've never done before, Collaboration with other artists on a project.

We have a big encaustic show coming up and opening the first of September for TexasWax-Dallas. The showed is titled, "Global Swarming" (of course take off on global warming and bees swarming, etc.) and it will be the first show for the renovated Discovery Gardens building gallery at the TX State Fairgrounds. These old Art Deco buildings are wonderful and it's great that they are being renovated.

I haven't started my individual pieces for that show yet........BUT, we are also having small groups of us collaborating on a couple of larger pieces. Three of us live about 130 miles away in north eastern TX, so we decided to get together at one studio and work on them. Carolyn Fox-Hearne and Larry Kitchen (both instructors at Kilgore College) and I got these pieces going in Carolyn's studio. We even made a small video with Carolyn's new little Flip Video of the last hour. Only problem....back to my learning curve. I don't know yet how to get a still or two out of the video file. I'm gonna learn though. AND, we don't want to share our pieces yet either. I'll post them just as the show opens or around that time anyway.

So sorry, no pics/videos...I did want to put in one still but I haven't figured it all out yet........along with loading and unloading old and new fridge and g-kids today.


Saturday, June 6, 2009

New painting

Gorgeous day to be outside..........BUT, I did get back upstairs to the studio to check to see if my efforts to finish a new painting worked or died. I think it works, so I'm posting a addition to the Little Pieces of Land series......#30

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Studio Time

I did spend some time in the studio today even with a couple of grand kids here. Not the kind of time I would have preferred........painting. But I did get a little accomplished. Cleaning up stuff...I'd been running around pulling out cardboard shipping boxes like mad the other day trying to find a solution to shipping the 36 72" painting and along with it two others 48 x 36 and 24 x 30.......I could get them all in the one FedEX ground shipment if I packed carefully so they wouldn't get out of the range of ground shipping sizes. was a big mess since, of course, I had to pull everything to find the correct sizes and enlist help from the 'honey' to get them to work for me. They are now in the hands of Fed EX with lots of finger-crossing that they make it safely to Seattle.

I got two older paintings in need of re-framing Now to remember who wanted them. I threw out some stuff and by then had to go down to the house and check on kids and 'honey'.

While I was doing all this, I was thinking about working on two paintings that are only 1/3 and 1/2 finished......and then there were the two canvases calling to me with their pristine white surfaces on the wall easel. Hum...and then there is the Fair Park show "Global Swarming" coming up...I need some encaustic paintings for that...images due Aug 1.

Lots to do around here.