Oh, Sunshine, Why hath thou forsaken me?

by juliemaida

Seriously. If I crawled under a dark wet rock it would be less oppressive than looking out of the window. Blech. I need sunshine like I need (okay, I don’t REALLY need one, but it IS delicious) a good glass of wine after a loooong day of filling orders. Sadly, there isn’t even a partially sunny day in our forecast until Thursday. I am boycotting January (also February). Down with winter!

I’m done with the rant (sort of). What else does one (an artist who LOVES to be outside) do in her personal hell on a day such as this? One experiments. One daydreams about nature. One gets creative with the hot wax (even though one should probably be filling orders). Granted, this is still the same thing that I do everyday, but if it isn’t an order, it counts as “playtime”.

I have some wood laying around as I always do because I love wood so very much. I love the organic feel, smell, and look of natural wood. I take said wood, and play around with a bit of oil paint and a power sander (nothing beats a power sander except for maybe a heat gun). In order to keep the wood grain visible, I mix a thinning solution into the paint (to make it translucent). I also add a drying medium so that I can be impatient enough to move through the process quickly (unfortunately patience is not one of my natural virtues).

After the oil is just barely dry enough completely dry and ready for drawing, I think up a few things that I enjoy drawing and proceed. This part is straight forward enough. It is always important to spray the drawing with a fixative to protect it and prevent it from rubbing off or melting when applying the wax.

Finally, I add a few clear coats of beeswax (assisted by my favorite tool, the heat gun).             I really do love beeswax. Thank. you, bees! The result of todays projects…

“Cocoon”
Oil, graphite, beeswax
8″ x 6″
$42

"Wings"Oil, graphite pencil, beeswax8" x 6"$21

“Wings”
Oil, graphite pencil, beeswax
8″ x 6″
$42

You can also see these here http://www.maidasomeart.etsy.com

Even if I was pretty productive today, I am still boycotting the next two months.