It’s hot in here!


It’s hot in here!

Curry’s idea of hooking the heat gun up to the circuit in the utility room is working. So, for now I haven’t tried out the new torch….still gathering courage.

But, I did do some cleaning and re-arranging in the studio and got some wax down on the 8th panel. It’s still in early stages but heck….it’s getting hot. The temps on yahoo say 88 but feels like 94 with the humidity. But since my studio depends on just the a/c coming in through an open door and a fan, it’s hot enough to stop for the day. Maybe later if it cools off.

This is just a start……………….Maybe I was wanting to see some water and it translated into this beginning.

More tools for the tool challenged!

More tools for the tool challenged!

Yep…..went out and got me a butane torch….while I was there in Lowe’s I also got a cheap window box fan and a good fire extinguisher.

I joined a new artist group….the International Encaustic Artists. And from information I’m reading, maybe considered I should trade my heat gun that draws so much power for a butane torch. Got me a little uneasy as this stuff is flammable and I’m not that much of a tool person. Don’t get me wrong, I luuuuve tools and art supplies but I’m a little uneasy about flames/heat shooting out of a torch. I was this way with the heat gun at first, too…took me about an hour to figure out this is a neat tool only to be confronted with the power problem. One highly recommended butane torch I discovered had to have a proprietary refill that I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to find locally and easily……..SO I bought a different one and found they have a kinda new model that says it’s “all the power and half the size”. That sounded good to me as I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and don’t want to hold anything too heavy for long.

Humm…now I gotta go clean out the studio and there is WAAAY too much stuff in there and it needs organizing again and I can then set all this stuff up. Guess I’ll have to get up early if I want to “vent” fumes out by way of an open window with a box fan. If so, that’s just the way it will have to be until I think of an alternative. My studio used to be a 20 x 20′ garage…but part of it is about 6 x 17′ art storage closet. I think now I need at least a 20 x 40′ studio ….and preferably with A/C, an exhaust fan and heavy duty electric breakers…..oh yeah, lots of light for my failing eyes

Collage Encaustic images

Who knows why these wouldn’t upload in the earlier post….more than likely something I did out of sequence.

And A 123, and a 123……who’d a guessed the title of this one?

I’m thinking to call this one….Old Town.

Buffing

Buffing the two encaustic collages. Ya’ know I think it takes longer for the pigments in the wax to dry enough to buff when you use oil paint for a colorant than when you just use the encaustic paints you buy. If it does or not, these two pieces with lots of paper collage elements took even longer to get dry enough to be able to buff up. It didn’t help that I kept adding more wax medium either. My friend Christy says she thinks it’s best to wait about 6-7 days anyway.

I luuuuuve the beautiful shine you get when you do buff them up….but my pieces are not the kind of encaustic works that have the very smooth, flat, mirror-like finishes. I didn’t plan on doing that since I like the real… and apparent texture whether or not it’s wax or acrylic.

One of these pieces has elements that are much thicker than the other elements….I was trying to figure out what I thought was the best way to handle this. Is there a best way, anyway? My way is the best way for MY work. As long as it doesn’t fall off in the floor anyway.

I still haven’t checked with the Dallas gallery owner to see if she’s going to want to see these in person………maybe I’ll wait until I get all of them done. What a “waffler” I am, huh! I may even head to Dallas tomorrow for a couple of days but I haven’t packed yet. The weather keeps going from sun to rain all within hours around here. Time for the sun to stay out for awhile.

Well heck….blogger won’t let me load the two images. Maybe I’ll close out this post and then post them later.