I have too many paintings for the walls and I have always enjoyed “small” so increasingly I am doing tiny works to put into jewellery settings. Many are silk paintings but I have also been exploring my own unique way of painting with pigmented wax,encaustic paintings, as wearable art. Encaustic paintings are beautifully vivid and under the glass cabochon the 3-dimensionality is accentuated. These are selling so well locally and to cruise ship visitors that I am finding it difficult to keep up with demand. Many, like the set, are based on flowers in my garden but some are abstract ocassionally suggesting a scene.No two can be the same as it is not possible to get that degree of control with the way I work. But that is how I like it … each unique item to be paired with a unique wearer.
Today I bought a mini tripod and remote shutter for my mobile phone so I can take photos of my work quickly and without any camera shake. All I need now is to make up a tent to get rid of the reflection of the studio windows.
Encaustic art pendant. Original painting. “Red Tulips”. Silver setting. Sterling silver snake chain. Oval. 50x30mm. Clear glass cabochon.
Red Tulip pendant and bangle set. Original paintings. Encaustic art as wearable art.
Hinge opening bracelet. Fit up to 20cm wrist. Original encaustic painting in silver setting with clear glass dome cabochon protecting art work.
These will be availabble on my handmade shop at a later date.
My first artworks for the transition from 2014 to 2015 are these miniature encaustic paintings presented in little “frames” that you can wear. I love doing this with my art. Although I have done murals and enjoy doing works of all sizes I have always had a special love for the little. And as our walls are full, and modern design declares minimalism is the way to go, I am excited to be presenting my paintings as wearable art. No reproductions here. Each is a unique painting….. encaustic (pigmented wax), manipulated in its molten state, to form an interesting composition often suggestive (intentionally) of flowers from my garden….. iris, poppies, tulips….. And they are affordable (bracelets $33 includes postage in Australia, or I will pay half of postage overseas (customer pays the other half. At the rate these have sold they won’t hang around in my studio for long so let me know if you want one. bangle is lead and nickel free and is adjustable from small to medium/largish. The cover is a glass cabochon attached with E600 adhesive. The image is an original impressionist style painting using artist’s quality pigmented wax. Care instructions…… clean/polish glass with a soft cloth. Do not leave the artwork directly in front of a heater which is on high or on the dashboard of a car in summer unless you want to modify the image! Normal hot temperatures are OK… if your body can stand the heat, the artwork can too.
I have posted images of the watercolour miniatures which I love to do on silk so here is a way to wear them other than with the silk scarves which I paint to match. Here in Tasmania it is winter, with snow around some parts today, so I have opted for a warm jacket and a shrug kept neatly in place with a silk brooch. The brooch enables a variety of styling options and the shrug never comes undone or “misbehaves” causing unwanted bulges in an outfit or slipping down allowing the winter chill to creep in …… perfect winter accessory. Snuggly.
Warm shrug for winter….. with handpainted brooch featuring an original watercolour on silk miniature painting.
Today I was doing more of what I love most…. my original paintings in miniature on silk. This time I made the artworks (and some which I had painted previously) into brooches. All except one are watercolour technique. The odd one out incorporates gutta outline. Some of these were painted to match some of my silk scarves to be offered for sale as a set. The brooch, by itself, retails at $20 AUD (post free) so if you would like one, please let me know. If the one you want is sold, sorry, you miss out. That is because for watercolour technique on silk, the way I work, it is not possible to repeat the painting. Each is a unique, handpainted, original artwork. They are 60mm in diameter and treated with a UV and stain resistant finish for silk.
Back to silk painting today up at Burnie Makers’ workshop. It is winter time, so mists are creeping into my paintings. It is interesting how the weather conditions of the day often unconsciously find their way into my work.
cards… silk watercolours. original paintings. $10 each
Mardi has been coming to my children’s art classes for many years and she is so creative. When the activity was set to make a paper mache mask she, of course, came up with her own character….. that is often the hardest part but Mardi’s work is always totally her own. I love this character with it’s puffy cheeks she built on out of extra scrunched up newspaper. And the slightly “wonky” lips and nose are just perfect to add character. Mardi is also excellent at drawing and pays attention to detail. She will go a long way with her art and I am proud to have been able to share in her development.
I had a lovely day at the Makers today. I thought it would be a bit flat as I was the only artist in. But it was wonderful. Donna let me spread my stuff (oh, I mean art creations) out over the whole area which made it look more “inhabited”. I must admit that it did look better than the usual crowding onto one table. And then there were quite a few people in… a number interested in watching my technique of watercolour style on silk without using any of the flow resistant methods… and my reasons for preferring to work in this (difficult) manner. Good discussions particularly with a fashion lady (French Pony) and a web building whizz (Ian) who gave me lots of hints re online and some young children . Thanks all. Fingers crossed tomorrow will be as rewarding…. remember handmade for Mothers day… if you can’t make your own gift, the next best is to buy unique, one off, handmade item. And I don’t mean merely bits bought on-line and glued together. All my works are handpainted individuals… no reproductions. And especially with the silk it is not possible to repeat a work because of the way I prefer to paint.