New techniques and materials just capture my imagination. I am always ready to try something that I have not done before. Shortly before Christmas, I did a series on wooden panels using oil paint and cold wax medium. First, I put some collage materials down on the panels. Then I mixed the wax medium with the oil paints and used a palette knife to apply. I love the wonderful matte finish you can get with this tecnique.
It always interests me just what an artist will find fascinating and want to paint, sculpt or draw. For me, at this time, it is images of koi fish. I am creating fabric collages of abstractions of koil fish, trying to capture their movement and color. The biggest challenge to doing fabric collage is figuring out how to present them. I do not want them hung as wall hanging, yet putting them in a frame under glass seems to dimish the tactile effect. I think I have figured out a good way to present them but need to find a woodworker/carpenter who is willing to learn a technique of japanes
The term "collage" comes from the French word for "to glue" and basically means creating a new work of art by assembling different forms. Traditionally, collages utilized paper items, such as newspaper, photographs, etc. Both Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque utilized this term in the early 20th century for their works that employed this technique. I enjoy utilizing collage techniques to make pieces from paper forms. Utilizing fabric, instead of paper, takes the work to a new level for me. I have always been drawn to the tactile nature of fabric and was taught to quilt by my Appalachian
I am an artist working in acrylic, mixed media and fiber. Currently I am at work on a Japanese inspired series entitled "Beneath Cherry Blossoms". This work will be on exhibit during October at the Creative Art League's gallery. You can follow my progress by liking CGraysonArt on Facebook. Thanks.
Last Friday at the Jessamine Creative Art League Art Walk I was thrilled to be interviewed by Tosha Baker from the Jessamine Journal. I had no idea what to expect and she did great waking me through the interview making me feel calm and comfortable. Here it is: Jessamine Journal - Neighbors: David Dienhart at the gallery walk
I've been working diligently on a new mold for my Baby Doll Head Candle Holder and finally finished it last night and cast my first iron cold cast resin piece tonight. I'll be debuting this piece on Oct 7th at the Jessamine Creative Art League Art walk and at Barktoberfest on Oct 8th. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out and look forward to casting it in hydro-stone plaster as well. This piece still has a raw iron finish which I'll rust it and finish later in the week.
If you know me or you've read any of my other blog entries, you know that I have a real passion for creating Halloween Props and decorations. I enjoy the challenges that must be overcome to create and build something great. I enjoy applying what I've learned through engineering and various artistic mediums. I think it makes my props and decorations more unique and interesting. Many folks have commented on how much they enjoy my work over the years, so, I decided to open up my own Etsy store. I'll post new Halloween props and decorations to it as I complete them, so please check back often.