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May 28, 2009

This is the painting from yesterday with the white molding paste, to which I’ve now applied some very wet color. The molding paste was completely dry before I began. I wet it down with water so that the color can mix and flow around the surface. The bright areas are the reflection of the light from the camera flash.

These colors will continue to mix and flow until they dry, so right now I have no way of knowing how they will end up. Tomorrow I’ll decide the next steps on this one.

WIP 0528

12 Comments leave one →
  1. May 28, 2009 6:18 pm

    don’t you just love creating something that you have no idea how it will turn out? i think that’s one of my favorite parts about being an artist – the surprises that come from the materials or techniques. i’m looking forward to seeing this piece turns out.

    • May 29, 2009 1:19 pm

      Yes, Elisa – I do love surprises! I think that’s why I always loved doing printmaking. You never knew exactly what was going to come out from under that huge press, even after hours and hours of working and thinking. This is very much the same way, as you’ll see in my next post!!

  2. sherrill pearson permalink
    May 28, 2009 7:59 pm

    This looks exciting Martha. They are going to be gorgeous.! Thanks for keeping us posted.

    • May 29, 2009 1:20 pm

      Sherrill, I sometimes wish I could stop the process and keep it just the way it is at that moment. Sometimes that’s not possible.

  3. May 29, 2009 2:11 am

    Ooh, I love it! Can’t wait to see what happens next!

    • May 29, 2009 1:21 pm

      Karita, I loved it too. Now if you read on, you will see that I’m wishing I could have kept it as it was yesterday.

  4. May 29, 2009 8:12 am

    Oh! Love this textural piece! The palette is beautiful! This shows me the possibilities to try again with the Molding Paste to imitate an Encaustic surface on canvas and even on wood panels. Fun! can’t wait to see the next step!

    • May 29, 2009 1:22 pm

      Cyndy – Do stay tuned! You’ll find out whether I was able to pull this out of the ditch.

  5. May 29, 2009 11:08 am

    Love It!!
    love the texture too.
    You may like Barbra Rae. have posted a interesting slideshow from a gallery she is showing in. She is a member of the R.A
    Look forward to how this one turns out

    • May 29, 2009 1:23 pm

      Chris, thanks for that link to Barbra Rae. I do love her work! So spontaneous and looking so effortless. But as we all know it is definitely not.

  6. May 29, 2009 12:09 pm

    Really nice looking piece. The colors and texture are great. It reminds me of a tropical garden, complete with banana trees. It’ll be interesting to see the completed artwork.

    • May 29, 2009 1:24 pm

      Gayle, I’ve decided to share all subsequent steps with this one. It’s one of those processes that do not lend themselves to complete control, and that’s a challenge I enjoy!

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