Friday, July 2, 2010

Tangled Heart

This is my new encaustic mixed media piece: Tangled Heart. I didn't originally start out to do just one color with the encaustic. But after I laid down a couple layers of the titanium white and then the red, I didn't want to add any more color. I liked the bold splash of blood-red on the white.

When I started to fuse the red layer it was really cool how the bottom left splash ended up looking somewhat like a heart that was breaking up and melting. I didn't want to touch it anymore after I fused this layer so I decided to work on the next part: the resin heart.

This wood board had a 4 inch square cut in it already so I decided to add a heart there. I used some copper wire in different gauges in zig zag patterns behind the hole and backed that with copper mesh. Then I added a heart covered in paper and resin. Here's a closeup of that part:

I put this piece in our great room and I really like how it blends in with the other pieces I've done. This one measures 12" x 12" x 1 1/2". I have really missed working with the encaustics. It's been so hot already this summer and the studio upstairs is just unbearable to work in if I have to close off the air conditioning vents. In order to paint with the encaustics I have to plug in the heating element, open both windows, use the exhaust fan, etc. and it's just too hot in the room. But this week we had a little reprieve and it was in the mid 70's all week. What a treat to play with them again!

Other things happening: Kelly Rae Roberts' course ended this week and that was sad. It's been fun checking in with her and reading the posts and comments from the group. But the Facebook group will continue and that's been a great help. There are so many energetic, fun, talented women in that group! I love reading those posts and looking through the blogs.

My sister is coming to visit for a few days! Yay! Hopefully it will be in the next week or so. We always have a great time when she comes so I'm looking forward to that. And I'm putting finishing touches on the two faces I'm painting in Sharon Tomlinson's Technicolor Faces course. This one is very challenging but I'm giving it my best shot. I'll post those when they are finished if they don't turn out too alien-looking. :(

Have a safe holiday weekend everybody! We will be staying home working on different projects around here. One of mine will be getting the spare room ready for sis. And playing more with the drill in the work room. I'm still not ready to show that project yet. But it's coming along! More to come on that later...


Junibears said...

I love this latest piece of yours Pam. Fantastic work.
All your work is so lovely. xx

Inspire Others said...

Hi Pam,
Thanks for Following and Linking Up in my blog, I appreciate that!.
In another note: I love your Blog Background, Did you did it yourself???. Your new piece is Fabulous!!! I love using the Heart Theme on my projects. I never worked with wax only I used a bunch of Crayons and melt them on surface, since I'm a teacher I get to play with those a lot!!!jijiji. Well, I won't take more of your time, take care and hope to learn from each other and connect. Have a fun, relax and creative ***Fourth Of July*** Talk soon.

Lori Saul said...

I love how pieces create themselves ( happens with digital alot) but this piece is open and a bit raw (which is great!). The combination of red and the rustic heart is vulnerable and expressive. Happy 4th to you and yours Pam!

Anonymous said...

Very cool! To me it looks wet...if you were to touch it you could feel the blood from the heart. Which adds to it its appeal. The wire is very nice touch...texture/sharp. I have a feeling this is just the start... :)

Have a great time with your sis! Big Hug!

Bill C. said...

What a great piece of art! The two color combination is very striking.