Archive for October, 2011

Making medium

October 30, 2011

Today Mindy and Mandy came over from Naramata to make medium. I usually do that on my kitchen stove, but decided we would have more space down in my studio (after I had cleaned off my work table, that is!). So I bought a little double burner and got everything ready for them: fine granulated beeswax, damar resin crystals, a little scale, small sieve with cheesecloth and some containers.

Supplies for making medium

Here's my new burner + the handy-dandy silicone muffin molds

I did a quick test-run before they arrived and noticed that the burner was much hotter than my stove-top burner. The wax melted really fast, then the damar and even after trying to get the temperature down with extra cold beeswax I had to take the pot off the heat source to stay safe. ALWAYS use a candy thermometer when you do this!
I did open the window and ran the fan, so eventual fumes were sucked out of the room.

Mindy cooking up some medium

Mandy wanted to make a mixture with a higher ratio of damar (5:1, instead of the 8:1 we were doing) and as we tried to melt this larger amount of damar the mixture really foamed up. After adding more beeswax the foam disappeared again.

Foam on medium mixture

They went home with a whole bag full of medium pucks!

Now I’m all set up in the studio for the medium making I think I will offer small classes of a maximum 4 people to make your own medium. Let me know when you’re interested!

Hills & Trees

October 24, 2011

Ooops, almost a month since my last post….not good! Of course I could say that I’ve been painting non-stop and just did not have the time to switch on the computer, but that would be far from the truth…;-)
Sometimes  time just slips by and I should know better: each healthy day is too valuable to waste!

But I HAVE been painting lately; a while ago I bought 8 lovely frames at a sale at Opus, but they did not have the fitting 10×10 panels with a narrow cradle to go with them. So Don, the husband of my dear friend Carol Munro, came to the rescue and made me 8 beautiful panels. I wished I had taken a photograph as they were all bundled up together for the glue to dry! It looked like an alien space ship…;-)

My Hills & Trees series have been very successful and I love painting them, so that’s what these were going to be. So far I’ve finished three:

I also played around with the demo board from my collage workshop, which I taught last week in Kelowna: used a stencil to paint in the crow and some of my figure drawings as transfers:

Oh, and I almost forgot! I submitted two paintings for the juried FCA exhibition in Vancouver, “Small, Smaller, Smallest”, and BOTH were juried in! The first was another Hills & Trees painting and the second one is one of my current favourites, Collateral Damage: