Altered Attic: Thrills and Chills

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Thrills and Chills

Aside from making books, painting faces still occupies most of my studio time. I've expanded my repertoire to include even more layers of paints, sprays, ink, tons of paper; I've done 3-dimensional on cradled canvas, canvas boxes and experimented with a few new texturing techniques. Molding paste, fabric, found objects and other stuff, the possibilities are endless.





Early in June, I entered these two gals in More & More, a competition defining mixed media, juried by the Senior Curator at the Huntington Museum of Art. The 200 entries from across the country were narrowed to the 38 selected for the exhibit. I was blown away when I got the email saying that both faces (9x12) were among those chosen.  

 I had an opportunity to chat with the judge during the artist's reception and I (bravely? naively?) asked her why she chose mine. She liked the pieces visually and was impressed by the lengthy materials list. And that's not the real kicker! When my husband went to Mary Rezny's Gallery to pick up my art Monday, he came home with one (below) because the other had been sold. To a guy who owns Cross Gate Gallery here in Lexington. If you have a minute, check his place out and you'll see why I'm so surprised... (and thrilled, of course).




A cautionary note:  When using re-inkers in the background of a painting we all know that some of the color will surface; the oregano really came through on this one and that's why she's adorned with so many leaves. What I didn't realize is that putting on a coat of varnish, weeks later, will cause more color to surface. If you look closely around her chin, that hint of purple/red came blazing to the foreground like she'd been in a pie-eating contest. I didn't see it until the night of the reception and I was mortified. Gotta love those 'happy' accidents.



3 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Well, aren't You the lucky gal. Congratulations. I had no idea reinkers did that, but I mostly use Staz-on and have never had a problem. Your art is lovely, and the news is fantastic.

Sharmon Davidson said...

Congratulations, Patti - what great news! Maybe now you'll start believing you really are an artist! Both these pieces are wonderful, in my opinion. I don't know what re-inkers are, or why you would put oregano in it; is she Italian? LOL I'm assuming you must be talking about a color rather than an herb, but it sounded a little funny to my weird sense of humor! xox

~*~Patty S said...

BIG Congratulations dear Patti!
What a real thrill to have your artwork in a gallery
AND selling your art too...
SO very happy for you.
You inspire me again and again
oxo

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