Friday, February 25, 2011
Squeezing in Some Studio Time
I claimed a little time for myself when our house guests went off on a shoe shopping trip and to pick up a few warmer clothes. Coming from Sweden they were expecting summertime weather here in southern Arizona but the weatherman has been throwing loops at everyone it seems lately.
I wasn't sure what I was going to start with but a when facebook friend had commented that she was clearing out all of her old art school sketches and pieces that she didn't feel worth keeping I shouted across the interwebs that she was to cut up anything she didn't want and send it to me for collage papers.
I got two hefty packages of heavyweight watercolor papers and some lightweight prints as well to use any way that I please. I've promised her a piece in return for her most wonderful supply gift.
The two layers of background on this are thanks to my friend.
This background paper was stiff enough to try out some encaustic work.
A piece of disintegrated shirt that I found on the migrant trail nearby.
It was naturally tie -dyed by the elements
( my second go at attempting encaustic, ever)
I added a few pieces that I picked up off of the street
wire and a piece of balloon.
They were one piece but I didn't care for the composition so I simply
cut it into two pieces!
This was brush strokes of wax on an old aluminum tile I found on the road.
This is what the back side looks like, I t had been road-smithed by a car it appears.
I rather like it.
This came out a bit dark but I was just starting to flex my collage muscles for the day here.
More encaustic on heavy weight watercolor paper.
This was an experiment on a shard of heavyweight antique mirror glass
that I found outside of an abandoned old church last year.
The silver on the back had eroded away leaving a fabulous weathered silver patina
they way old mirrors do.
I layered encaustic wax and scraped some away to reveal the glass and silver in places.
It's become a gift to our Swedish friend Olle that spent some good years in Alaska once upon a time.
I have more pieces to play with.
After a successful day in the studio I was felt freed up enough to go hiking yesterday in the hills surrounding our neighborhood. The hike yielded two practically brand new Mexican blankets that we found on the trail which will be great for the truck after a wash.
Our guests also got to experience the truly southwestern experience of a Mexican woman approaching us with fresh tamales in the parking lot of the grocery store.
They had never tasted anything like the green chile tamales and were quite pleased.
I'm off on a road trip to the surrounding area for a couple of days now. We're going to visit a few places that I've never seen like the cliff dwellings and some hot springs.
Of course I'll bring my camera!