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.