Painting sculpture and new pieces

So a few days ago I finished the last layer of painting on my sculpture it’s in a nice light purple blue hue. The 1st layer was to smooth out some of the blemishes and fabric showing after sanding it. I did two layers of gesso with rabbit glue and then about 2 layers of the light modeling paint medium. Here are some images:

Luckily it seems to be balancing okay but I unfortunately cannot keep the other sculpture up as it’s shifted a little in the last week. I took a little pause on felting but finally finished the middle shape. Now I just need to add more purple bulk to it to make it less flat. I’m thinking of having the inside come in further and then attach the backside of the felt so it’s flush and tight against the inside. I need to coat the sculpture at least one more time in resin as I’ve found a few spots where it’s missing. (Disregard my pillow in the middle of the image.) I have this sitting on my armchair as it won’t stand up on it’s own. I plan on resolving this by doing a tinted resin pour over the bottom stand into a small cake pan to help balance the base better.

Here are two paintings I did last night. One is going to be a blue background with a face profile similar to how I did my self portrait with possible plot twist. The second may be a found object piece with some fun items as I ordered a few new things a few days ago that could be fun.

Sanding, Bases and more resin art

Okay so I’ve received some bases for some of my sculptures which may or may not work. I decided to use a wood round which I need to sand up and finish that I thought would be a cool base for my alabaster piece that I started quite some time ago. Here it is sitting on the round. The sculpture needs a lot of finishing so hoping to start working on it a bit this weekend outside.

This one below I had purchased and thought it was stolen since it appeared 2 days after the delivery date. It’s a nice piece of petrified wood and may work as a stand but I ended up buying a river rock slab so will see which looks best, the one below is a bit small for a base but I like the angle.

Here are the other resin paintings I worked on (just pre resin below)

Last but not least I’m starting to get closer to the finishing touches on the large piece I’m doing. I am still waiting for rabbit glue to add to the gesso to make sure the piece is a little stronger. Hopefully it’s enough to protect the piece. Currently after this sanding phase I added a bit more drywall joint compound mix and will need to sand that once more.

Messy Painting = Fun

Alright so I had a really tough day yesterday as I went to take the dog for a walk and witnesses a literal car explode in front of me as a car side swiped 4 cars about 2 to 3 feet in front of me. I was pretty in shock in the morning and was anxious all day so thought why not have some fun. Ona. super positive note I did find a local flower shop near me called Dasluz which can host a reception in September or October and offer a week long showing of my art for ArtSpan’s show. So I decided to do some of my resin paintings which are fun because I get to be very messy, which of course I love!

Getting closer to finishing touches, almost.

Okay so the past few days I’ve added one more coat of resin my space sculpture and I’ve gotten the wool blending brushes and added the color and I’m liking it since it’s smoother. I’ll keep working on this as I’m struggling to get the resin to appear as smooth as I’d like because unless I had a way of rotating it, it keeps having drip marks.

My 2nd Sculpture is starting to smooth out with the joint compound mixture, tomorrow I’ll have to get some more and then I may actually add another layer of the active wrap for strength since it’s very easy to chip that stuff off. Then I’ll apply a very thin coat to smooth out the active wrap and then add gesso and rabbit glue mixture to make it durable before painting the ending color. It’s definitely going to need it since it will not have resin on it as I want a matte finish on this one.

Lastly I did another painting one which I guess kinda of expresses how I’ve felt lately, irritable lol. I’m getting to the point where I’m restless often and want to start new projects but I also need to finish several so after these pieces are finished I’m doing some simple paintings to sort of relax. After I’ll hopefully have some more funds to spend on bases and can focus on finishing stone carvings.

Felting

Two days ago I start working on the inside shape for the sculpture by felting first with just plain wool. As the shape grew I added some color but realized I didn’t like the way the blended wool looked texture wise. Here I’ve removed most of that added color and I will increase the height of the felt to have more of a rolling hill shape and then will use blending brushes (just ordered today) and get a large amount to blended wool for felting before starting this again. Hand blending the wool was giving it too much of a bulky look (see purple felt) so I’l hoping to get a well blended texture once the supplies come next week.

I also began applying drywall joint compound to my 2nd paper m√Ęche piece to start getting the piece more filled out in certain places. I”m debating if I should do another layer of Activa wrap after I get the piece filled in, in certain spots then coat with a final layer of drywall joint compound. I may look and see if there’s a more durable option for top coat like a spackle mix instead, still deciding. But here is how that piece is looking so far. It will be I think in a more subtle matte finish but possibly I will create the piece to be of a soft purple as I’m feeling it would be a nice color for the shape.

Sculpture + Found Objects + Resin = Neat

Okay so this past week I returned from the #NWSSA Symposium and got back to it. I started by picking out my found items for the piece and attaching them. After I did my 1st coat of resin. I have never done a 3D piece in Resin and it is a bit tricky as you need to constantly check the dripping and remove until it begins to set so I checked about every 30 minutes and wiped any residual dripping resin from the sculpture. Hoping the 2nd coat can be done during the day time as the ability to keep the top coat smooth can be tricky due to gravity. Here are some images of the piece from this week.

Current Mixed Media Sculpture

A few years back I created my first mixed media art on canvas. It has a very eclectic space feel and always felt like a lot of fun. I’ve been wanting for quite a long time to take those principles and make a larger sculptural piece. Seeing as we’ve been dealing with this Covid quarantine for so long the minute it began to let up a little I felt a little weird come off my shoulders and this sort of just started coming together. I bought some chicken wire from a local hardware store and within weeks I couldn’t put this project down. Here’s a little sneak peak of how it’s been going.