Monday, January 21, 2008

Monday Monday

Got up early today (early for me is 7:15 am - I'm a sloth in the winter) and went to the newly uploaded Art Unraveled site to check out the listing of classes and artists. The retreat is held in Arizona in August (I know - I know) and I'll be teaching 3 classes there. I attended last year to check it out and had a great time; if you can make it there are some great classes being offered. I grew up in Mesa and graduated from ASU so going for me is an opportunity to revisit my old stomping grounds and drive by the house I grew up in again. I always have to do that while I'm there.

So now I'm ready to get back in the studio and melt some wax again. Yesterday I made my 8x8x2" piece for PROJECT EIGHT. You can read about it at the website here; 8 artists will each create 1-8x8" piece once a month for 8 months. Each month has been assigned a theme; the theme for January was Mandala and for February it is Red. At the end of the 8 months all the work will go into a gallery in Albuquerque and than on to travel to other galleries. I thought it sounded like fun!

So here is my encaustic mandala, mixed media of course. I uploaded a huge file so that if you click to enlarge you can see lots of detail. Encaustic is kind of hard to photograph so that will help you see what's really going on (lots of texture and depth). Today I'm going to work on the red piece.


Ro Bruhn said...

Thanks Judy for the detailed image, it's really great to see your work close up. More great journal pages, glad to see I'm not the only one who uses the windows from old envelopes.
I must visit the art unraveled site.

Toni said...

I'm a mandela addict (thanks to SuziBlu); this one is a perfect balance between intricate & yet loose (mm, lots of open space I mean) -- not just texture but colors. Wowza. I've already been drooling on the Art Unraveled site, being as I live in Arizona and work maybe 8 minutes from the venue ... and YOU are teaching. Gonna make this happen. Love your journal pages, as always - such NEAT handwriting!

Becky Vigor said...

I love your mandala and it's so good to be able to see the detail up close. I am not usually a mandala fan but this one looks like it contains many secrets.

ginny said...

Judy, I love your encaustic piece and your journal pages are so juicy and full of detail. I really like that.
When will you be teaching in OH?

thealteredpage said...

Fantastic to be able to see the detail up close. There is so much texture and the background text peeking through adds another great layer.

Kelly Snelling said...

your mandala is lovely, missus. i especially dig the scratched semi-circles at the bottom. it makes me want to haul my waxes out! congrats on teaching at AU. it is a wonderful retreat. linda is wonderful. but i will be here. i wish you could take that class i sent to you. oh that would be fun, fun, fun!

Gwen said...

Holy schmoly, Judy! That mandala is beautiful, and seems to really speak of January to me, esp. knowing how you feel in winter.

Mary Ann said...

one long delicious sigh after another.AND everytime i read your journals i want to drop everything, head to my writing journal and pour my inky thoughts onto the page.