Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Fog along Abbo's Alley, Sewanee
I am working toward an exhibit featuring trees and in the process, new materials are coming into play.  Actually, both of these things are inspired by Mary Rezny.  She presented a workshop recently where we worked with two types of photograms and Mary told us how she uses the photograms to create her evocative multi-media pieces. On top of the photograms (which are developed using dark room chemicals) Mary ads texture and then color with oil paint. The work is finished with Dorland's Wax Medium.  I gave oil paint and the wax medium a try and found both to be quite intriguing. The wax can be used with oil paint, which actually cuts drying time. As a sort of varnish, the wax levels out the surface and protects all the materials underneath.

Crimson and Clover
To the right is the piece that I created from my photogram made at Mary's workshop. I used a spackling compound to create the texture, a continuation of the photo's image into the surrounding border, as instructed.  Mary Rezny used actual plant material in some of her work, so I was inspired to add my Earth Day four-leaf clover to my work.  The photogram was of a sprig of humongous clover and some poinsettia leaves. I call it Crimson and Clover. With that in mind, I used crimson and green oil paints, modified with ochre. I don't have a lot of experience with oil paints and I was astounded with their malleable quality. I knew I wanted to use them some more. The wax medium provided further encouragement because it adds further flexibility to the medium (and makes for easier clean-up.) 

   Then I saw an article in The Artist's Magazine which combined acrylic with oil pastel and that inspired me to try the painting above. The foggy image cried out for a glaze of oil and wax medium. I started with an acrylic underpainting and then added the oil glazes and details with oil pastel.  After the oil is completely dry, I'll add a varnish with the wax, which should give just the right luminosity for the foggy scene that  Sewanee is so famous for!

    This painting and others will be part of an exhibit at Mary Rezny's studio/gallery in the month of August. Mary came up with the title: Out of the Woods. I'll have more on this as the details are firmed up. 

1 comment:

  1. I enjoy the magical imagery - wax, oil, this, that . . . I enjoy the magical imagery. I hope to be in the know for the show!