Thursday, August 26, 2010

Girls of Summer - Solo Exhibition


You might be wondering what I'm babbling about, and for good reason.  Yes I did have a solo show coming up still do, I set up on this coming Monday,  it was to be called She was Third Class.  Well I started having problems with the pieces I was making for starters given the current state of the economy researching third class social status for women in America was becoming, well depressing!  Couple this with John being very ill, massive flooding which meant I was out of my studio for two whole weeks, and that everytime I started to work on the subject cows kept coming to mind, I decided to shelve this project for awhile.  I want to approach it from a satirical point of view, not a depressing point of view. 

In come the Girls of Summer... but the Girls of Summer is about "Cows".  Yep out in the pasture grazing on grass is my happy place!  I love cows, they make me smile and quite frankly if you've ever watched them long enough, they will also crack you up.  Having spent one long hot summer milking 300 cows twice a day, on a 600 dairy cow farm, taught me a LOT about cows and cow humor.

So enter the "Girls".  I'm still doing encaustic for this show, very large panels in fact that will require some torch work over the weekend.  If I did the math correctly the 10 pieces I am currently working on will just fit onto the one wall. 

More later with pictures ;-)

WIP - Girls of Summer

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

WIP - Sample Scroll

Scroll has been waxed with encuastic medium and round one of heating has been done.  I think I will do layer two and round two of heating with an iron NOT a heat gun!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wet Studio Clean Up

The niche grave yard!

Encaustic painting area has become a niche holding station.

WIPS- niches in various stages of completion.

More niches!

I cleaned up a bit for this last push, it'll be a huge mess within hours if not sooner ;-)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Brown Beef Slices in Au Jus

We browned the meat slices before adding to the jars, added water to the drippings in the pan and then added the juice to the jars.  These will be processed for 75 minutes at 10 pounds of pressure (I'm below 1000 ft).  Can't wait to have a French Dip with Au Jus sandwich!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Cottonwoods at the Marsh

My lense fogged up when I turned it on, apparently it didn't like the sudden temperature change.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Bead Storage

A drawer filled with little boxes filled with 11/0 and 12/0 beads

Size is about 3.5 x 2.5 x 1.0 inches

Sizes in metric.

I picked these little storage tubs up at a local gun shop, they run about 57 cents a piece. I like these alot because the lid is hinged to the container reducing the risk of my misplacing it.

Friday, August 06, 2010

WIP - Painted Canyonlands No. 2

I've hit the point where I feel like I've ruined the piece, the solution is to keep pushing the surface of course.