Sunday, October 24, 2010

New Little Red Ones and A Milestone

Here are six little encaustic paintings that are the first work that I fused with the new horn tip. I'll show you the horn below. I had prepared these paintings as I did the rest of the Running Stitch series, but I decided to apply more paint over the surface and just see what happened.

Red No. 1

Red No. 2

Red No. 3

Red No. 4

Red No. 5

Side view of No. 5

Red No. 6

Side view of No. 6

These pieces are not as dimensional as some of the other Running Stitch pieces but they are only 10"x8" so they're relatively tiny and it's all relative.

The Shoe Meets the New Horn and the New Iron
I have been using the shoe to fuse work while I waited for R& F to ship their new versions of the horn and the iron to me. These more refined heated tips were developed by R&F and Sculpture House after Francisco Benitez spent some time at R&F and showed them the tools he was using. I think that this new horn is half the size of the original horn, but here you can see for yourself how it compares to the shoe.

The shoe is the tip attached to the handle at the bottom of the picture. The horn and iron are to the right of it.

I still have allegiance to the shoe for larger Running Stitch pieces and even flat encaustic paintings. We'll just see what develops with practice and innovation. You just never know.

Other Fun in the Studio
I spent the day today attaching panels together with nuts and bolts. Of course I left this task until I absolutely had to do it. It was really not much fun at all because two of the pieces that I had to attach other panels to contained panels that I had made. It was brought home to me in no uncertain terms that I am not a carpenter. It's not only a good thing for my work that I stopped making panels but for the world at large.

Two Hundred Posts
Blogger tells me that this is my 200th post since I first began this blog at the end of 2008. That's a lot of words and images. It's been a real source of pleasure for me and a way to become more aware by focusing my attention in order to write. I think of it as being like the way you really get to know something by drawing it. In that way I have become alert to art, artists and blog topics. I like writing Art in the Studio and I hope you're having fun with it too. Here's to another 200 posts!


Leslie Avon Miller said...

First - congratulations on post number 200!

Second - Gee, but I love these red works Nancy. You've done red so well! And the dimensional aspect - rich.

And third - "I think of it as being like the way you really get to know something by drawing it." What a great observation about blogging. Indeed.

I'm glad you are blogging - I learn a lot from you!

Binnie said...

#3&4 have some great mini-grid/dot it!
Congrats on 200!!

Wendy Rodrigue Magnus said...

I also learn a lot from you! 200 posts -- Congratulations!

And thank you for sharing your beautiful new works, as well as pictures of the shoe, horn and iron (all new to me).

Terry Jarrard-Dimond said...

Congratulations Nancy! I haven't seen all of your posts but I have been a regular with you for some time now and always find my visits with you refreshing and satisfying. Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful work and commentary.

I love the Running Stitches series and you KNOW I love Red so these new pieces are of special interest to me.

I'm also fasinated with the heating tool. I love new tools that work well!

CMC said...

Congrats on the 200th post, Nancy. The tools look fascinating...I haven't used my similar tools yet.

Love all the new work.

Eileen P. Goldenberg said...

Those new tools look great, for more delicate and detailed work. Like the red pieces very much..I did make a few more color pieces this week they will be up soon...take care...Eileen

Joanne Mattera said...

Congrats on 200 posts. It's addictive, isn;t it? You have done great things with your blog.

And just so everyone knows, that fabulous "Red No. 5" is now in my collection. I love it!

Nancy Natale said...

Thank you all for commenting and celebrating 200 posts with me! I'm glad you are reading. I do look forward to hearing from you and try to make my posts like a personal conversation. Since I was the only girl and the oldest in a family of four siblings, I do take on that teacher mode as second nature so I'm glad it's getting across. But really we are all learning together and it's a great voyage through life and art.

Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

Hi Nancy, So glad you've enjoyed the blogging process so that we could all enjoy the end result! Your blog is great and I love seeing your encaustics! Gloria