Sunday, August 25, 2013

One People, Many Paths: The Sacred Art of Altars

Everyone is invited to attend the opening of "One People, Many Paths: the Sacred Art of Altars", next Sunday, September 1st, at 6 p.m., in the Bijou Theater Gallery at Wonderland Mall. Along with 49 local artists, I have created a shrine to benefit the Celebration Circle church. Silent auction bidding is open all month and exhibit viewing is free during theater hours.

A full description of my step-by-step progression of my shrine is highlighted here on my blog, during the months of July and August.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Seal It and Add a 3-D Element

The last things I did before turning in the altar to the Celebration Circle was to seal the painting on the inside and gesso and stencils on the outside.

Taking a shell lei I had gotten during my last visit to Hawaii, I wrapped it up in some bookbinders white linen thread and used a flower designed carpet tack to attach it to the top. I painted the tack to harmonize with the white theme. Now the shells can swing gently!

It was hard saying good-bye to the altar but I am so glad I decided to do this.

Come visit this piece and 49 others at the Bijou Theatre Gallery in Wonderland Mall. It will be on exhibit the whole month of September. Silent auction bidding is open all month. On Septeber 30th, the auction will close, there is a reception, light buffet and special screening of a movie. Full details here: here

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Add a Little to the Sides

Still not finished with my altar, I felt it needed more elements.

Using stencils I handmade from an old muumuu of my Mom's, I loved the idea of using Hawaiian flowers on the side. But, I wanted to keep the over-all white beach cleanness.

Then, I hit upon the idea of mixing sand with light modeling paste. Cool!

A subtle, but effective result!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Add the Trim and Paint it

I kept the trim I first envisioned (with a different landscape!), attached and then painted it.

I really like the white gesso. It intensifies the laid-back, relaxing beach scene.