Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I am the artist

I will be delivering a workshop next weekend on Creativity and Multimedia for a local art group.   I've been working on finalizing it as well as creating some demo pieces to show technique.

There is satisfaction in paint and pastes and gels and papers and working on combinations of them to create what pleases the eye.   Each piece is a revelation as shapes and ideas form, almost without a lot of thought, one idea leading to another, one colour or hard edge sparking off a new idea.  The layers that build in time are limited only by imagination.

Here's a glimpse of one of the pieces I'm working on, using multimedia and acrylic.  I won't show the full piece until after the workshop on September 8th.  I'm limited to acrylic for this workshop due to restraints of the space and to allow quick drying time.  Unfortunately, any pieces done in acrylic won't be candidates to continue on with encaustic layers, as only oil would be compatible.

Each day a new layer is added, I think I could go on forever.  Tonight its embossed foil which give a lovely sheen, similar to metal leaf beneath the surface of a semi matte gel. But its not complete yet as more layers are still to be added before I can set it aside. The piece is 8 x 16  on canvas panel which remains immobile for the multi layered surface.


Billie Crain said...

I love this! This would make a great new header. I Am The Artist!

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

Loving this so far. Wishing you a fun and successful workshop. You can achieve an encaustic like look in acrylics with gel medium as demonstrated here. I had fun experimenting with this technique.
Stay inspired!

Jeanette said...

I was thinking the same thing Billie! Its a great loose process that's so interesting to do.

I've heard about that encaustic look with gels before but haven't tried it Michelle. Thanks for the link, I'll check it out.