I'm back in the studio (and it feels sooo good!)

I'm back in the studio (and it feels sooo good!)

Oh wow... I am finally back in the studio (sigh of relief, deep breath, smile). It feels like coming home after a looong absence, and such a deep longing. There is a lot of catching up to do but for today I just want share the joy of creating again! After being away from my art-making for so many months, a huge resistance had been building up and so I needed a project to gently rekindle the spark, get back on track with a daily creative practice, and get some accountability too.

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So Kellee Conrad's 100 artworks challenge came at a perfect time (and by the way you can still join the fun!) We are a group of over 300 artists, committed to making 100 small pieces of artwork. There is no time frame, so no pressure, and we each choose a type of substrate, a format, a theme and techniques that we are going to keep for the whole challenge (with variations of course). A starting point for a deep exploration process and for creating a new body of work. As a warm up I created an inspiration board on Pinterest, check it out!

I'm usually more comfortable painting big, so for me working on small substrates is a challenge in itself. I decided on 8" x 8" MDF panels (so not too small) that are pretty thick.

substrates
substrates

I mounted watercolor paper on some of them because I want to start my first layer with pencil, inks, watercolor etc. And then I will try my hand at encaustics. Which is why I need a porous substrate and NO acrylics (now that is a challenge too!).

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paper

And I also started a big canvas that I can go to if I ever get frustrated with the small format... It's just here to get back into the habit of putting paint on canvas, paint on canvas, paint on canvas... No pressure, no goal, no strings attached. A reassuring presence...

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canvas

For my small encaustic pieces I got really inspired by Shari Replogle's "Wax on Wednesdays" tutorials, particularly this one. She has a Youtube channel packed with awesome ideas.

OK, so I've got my substrates (which are so nice to work on by the way!). I've decided to work on batches of 9 at a time, after which I can change some of the rules if I want to. For now I'm doing abstracts. I've set up my work table as such:

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table

And I've decided on the "vocabulary" and the steps I'm going to use:

vocabulary
vocabulary

So for now I've completed steps 1 and 2 and here is what it looks like (I don't know where the "eggs" came from but I love them!):

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ovals 1
ovals 2
ovals 2

I am so excited about the next step! It's going to be encaustic collage! I've always wanted to try it. So I've got my stash of papers ready, my encaustic medium (which I made myself, and I'm not a little bit proud!) and I'll keep you posted... As usual, I'll probably share some pics along the way on Facebook and you are of course invited: https://www.facebook.com/LalyMille.Art It feels so good to be back!

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papers

Have a great week everyone!

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