Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Mentorship Program and Catching Up!

I am doing an exciting mentorship program one on one with a wonderful gallery owner, Jason Horesj of Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ, and as part of my sessions with him he has asked me to send him photos of myself in process creating my high and low relief artwork. With that in mind, I thought I'd also pass the images on to you to give you an idea of what goes into each one of my paintings. Hope you like them!
Here are a few of me sketching out my next low relief piece and then sculpting directly onto the wood panel.  The low relief pieces take much less time to create because I do not need to build up any armature and because the sculpting is not as heavy, it takes a much shorter time to dry before I can paint, usually just overnight instead of several days. 

And then here are some photos of me working on a high relief piece. It's a biggie, 48 x 48 inches! As you can see, after I sketch out the basic silhouette, then I build up the armature with old newspaper which gives me the volume I need but without all the weight. After I've got the newspaper in place, then I get to sculpt! it's a long process and I have to do so flat on the table as the sculpting compound is pretty mushy and would slide down the panel if I put it on my easel. 
When I'm almost done though, and the piece has kind of dried just a bit I do slide the panel off the table to step back, take a look from the proper angle and make any adjustments etc... It's extremely heavy at this point because of all the water that's still in it, but give it a few days and it will be dried and ready to paint!