Here is some early gilded work I was playing with.
At ArtBliss I was introduced to the world of polymer. But what really got me jazzed was how well it took paint media. I'm SO excited about this.
Here's what I made in class:
Almost as soon as I got home I ordered some new painting and drawing supplies - the pencils I got before ArtBliss (it had been a while so this was long overdue - a lot of my pastels are sadly depleted and most of my pencils worn to nubs!).
So, what's next? I have been working on a series inspired by mandala-like motifs and sources of nature for these, like fossils, tree rings, urchins. I've also been inspired by the natural surroundings I currently live in. Trees and spiky plants like pine needles and branches.
Here's some of the ceramic pieces I made:
I recently created a set of mix-metal focals based on these sources of inspiration:
Other sources of inspiration have been eastern symbols and mandalas, like the one on the cover of one of Chogyam Trungpa's books (from my buddhist days).
So, currently I'm working on a new series of mixed metal and polymer. This sketch is a concept for copper / polymer / bronze. The middle layer will be painted polymer, topped by a bronze piece with a floral cut out. The painted polymer will show through the cut-out and around the edges of the bronze. The back plate will be hammered copper.
I'm really stoked by this. I have other ideas to include hand-made paper and other materials. Just gotta find time! Have you ever had so ideas you want to try but not enough time? What are some of your sources of inspiration? How do you see them playing out in the media you work in?