I've been keeping busy in the studio getting ready for upcoming shows.
Here is a piece with more circle clusters. To reveal the circles, I work the scraping in several stages.
Step 1, carve the pattern into the surface.
Step 2, fill in carved circles with wax color.
Step 3, let cool a bit then scrap away extra wax. (work too soon and all my carefully drawn circles will mush together if still too hot)
Step 4, using torch and scraper, carefully remove remaining extra wax.
Step 5, continue painting....
Total time for just this process is 4 - 5 hours... a bit more or less depending on the size of the pattern.
Okay, time to get back to work!
29 March 2010
16 March 2010
Notice that the paint brushes are missing from the scene - I have cleaned up for the night. I usually do the ironing at the end of the night as it really creates a lot fumes in the studio despite the vent I have going.
I happily made some colored paint both to replenish some of my favorites that are all but gone and to create some new shades to play with. Being a compulsive recycler, I re-use all of my scrap wax, which I sort by color first, to use as the base for most of the colors. I have a few more colors in the works, but here are the ones I've made so far....
02 March 2010
01 March 2010
Steve Brisendine wrote this article back in December, but I just now found an updated link to it on Review's website.
Subtle Shadings in Language
(This is the image from the article.)