Surface treatments for “The Gift”

I’m working on finishing The Gift to enter in Art Center Sarasota’s next show, now that I have an actual deadline it helps me get going!! (I’m sure some of you can relate!) I’m using Golden acrylics mixed with Floetrol, GAC 200 and a bit of glazing liquid. I primed the inside of the 12” hemisphere with XIM primer and let it dry for a while. 

I’ve been fascinated with the Acrylic Pours I’ve seen friends doing and wanted to play with that effect. The interior is inspired by that.

The figure is coated in bronze, many thin layers, and will have some sort of patina when it’s all done. The sphere she is holding will be silver, representing the Gift of Light she brings.

At this point, I like the exterior left natural - rusted and gnarly, that way the contrast between external and internal is highlighted.

playing with color on curves

After watching too many YouTube videos about acrylic pours, I wanted to give it a try. I’m playing with striated colors in my head for the concentric rings piece. So far I’ve tried a couple of recipes and learned a few things, I’ve primed the rings with Kilz for good adhesion. Below are pix of pours on unprimed steel complex curves. I’m not thrilled with the look of the pour, experiments will continue…

Steel Water

Still musing about how I want to either make a mobile or use pins on some sort of backing (wood/steel/corian??) to create a wall piece that still moves with ambient air flow…

Monday Musings

Lately I’ve been fascinated by water, I like the relationship between water and metal. I like how they can be so similar in flowing form and yet so toxic to one another in the real world of rust and salt.

I have ideas surfacing in my mind about copper raindrop shapes formed with my planishing hammer into soft bellied complex curves. I see these hung so they shift and shimmer with the slightest puff of air, showing and hiding their edges and bellies, reminding us of the power and joy of water from the sky.

I have my materials, stay tuned for views in progress!

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