March 24, 2013

Painting with Dorland's Wax Medium

I first began oil painting when I was twelve years old and stuck with it until I went to college, then acrylic paint became my chosen medium. I still use acrylic paints, but I also use ink, watercolor, and dye quite often.
Now I've gone full circle . . . I'm playing with oil paint again. This time I'm combining it with Dorland's Wax Medium for a totally different effect. I'm layering the paint with a palette knife and scraping through the layers with  sharp tools. Basically, I'm having fun with it.
I think each of these pieces have three layer of paint/wax so far, including the initial white primer which you can see showing through is some areas.
None of these are anywhere near being finished, but it's interesting to document them in the process to see how much they change.
There are eight other pieces sitting on my table waiting for more paint. Some have fabric paper collage incorporated into them, and some have Dorland's Wax mixed with Pearl Ex. It's all a big experiment and I have no idea how they will turn out.

March 18, 2013

Exciting News!

Remember this Quilt?
Inside Out: Hormones, was selected to be part of the 2013 Fantastic Fibers exhibit at the Yeiser Art Center In Paducah, KY.
I was completely stunned when I found out that one of my pieces was chosen to hang in this special exhibit. Over 700 fiber pieces were entered from all over the world and only 54 will be part of the exhibit!
The opening reception is on April 6th from 5:00-7:00 pm and the exhibit will hang through May 4th. The AQS quilt show also takes place in Paducah between April 24 - 27. Sounds like a great time to visit!

March 10, 2013

I'm Back . . .

I know it's been a really long time since I've posted anything here. A lot has happened to me in that time. Probably the biggest news is that I have two brand new eyes!
I'll try to keep the story short. About five years ago, I was told I had a cataract in my left eye. The doctor said it would be at least 10 years before I would need surgery. Within two years, I had a cataract in my right eye too. By the time five years had passed, I was almost blind in my left eye.
Obviously, it was time for the cataract surgery. The surgery itself went well, but the variance between the two eyes was too different, and I had to have the right eye operated on the following week. So, now I have two brand new eyes. Pretty amazing! The #1 comment I've heard is, "You're too young for cataracts". Apparently, that's not true. I have several items put aside to make a cataract quilt, but so far, it hasn't risen to the top of the list. Stay tuned to see if there is a cataract quilt in my future. LOL
I've been back in the studio for a few months now and am loving the new eyes. Everything is much brighter and super sharp. Very exciting.
Here's a small piece that I just finished. The center section is painted fabric that has been quilted and embellished. It's mounted onto a painted canvas.
More to come soon.