Visual Arts Mississauga held their annual Art in the Park event on Sunday, Sept. 22nd, 2013 in the lovely Riverwood Park in Mississauga. The day started out sunny and crisp, as the artists set up their tents on the grass outside the Art Centre and in the Historic MacEwan Barn. The weather gods cooperated and while it was cool (now officially autumn), it was not rainy. The day before it had poured rain solidly all day. The artists that were setting up their booths inside the Art Centre’s studios had to unload quickly and bring in all their works under cover as best they could. Luckily, I had big plastic bins to hold my art works, so my stuff was protected and dry!
The natural beauty of the surrounding gardens in Riverwood Park was a nice contrast to the artists’ crisp, white tents. Visual Arts Mississauga had lots of volunteers on hand to help out with directing visitor traffic and providing much needed relief to the artists so they could slip out and grab lunch.
There was a wide range of artists participating in the art show. My friend Annette Seip, a photographer, was in a separate studio down the hall. We’ve participated in a number of the same local art shows, from the Christmas Artisan Market (where we met as booth neighbours), to the Valentine’s show to the summer Port Credit show (which Annette had told me about).
I love Annette’s photos, especially her water photography. Her work was the first time I had seen photos printed onto aluminum metal. I just love the way that metal adds that extra gleam and depth to the colour – almost makes it three-dimensional!
My booth was located in the last studio down the hall in the Art Centre. I was lucky to receive the same booth location that I had last year (I had asked for the same spot and crossed my fingers to get it). Since I was able to set up everything but the small stuff (pendants etc.), the usual set-up pressure was greatly reduced. I also was able to display the magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors, which featured the article on my ‘Encaustic Mosaics.’
I had a few new art works on display. I had made some new abstracts, which were a hybrid of acrylic and encaustic painting. They were based on a technique which I tried a while ago using dry wall mud as a relief base coat to create texture. Next, I painted washes of acrylic paint (using fluid acrylics and a Matte Stain Medium) and lastly, given a coat of clear encaustic medium. I framed them in a natural wood frame which I had oiled with Tung Oil (gave a nice subtle glow to the wood). This painting is called ‘Indian Summer’.
Here you can see details of texture I created in the plaster. I used metal combs, a wood stylus and different sized rubber stamps of alphabet letters. The acrylic stain would catch in the grooves of the texture, and I would wipe on and off more colour as needed.
This art show was my most successful (based on sales) one yet! As usual, I sold lots of my scrabble tile and domino pendants – always popular! I was also very happy that two of my big square encaustic mosaics found new homes – with other artists from the show! My “Thought & Memory – Bordeaux” and my “Thought & Memory – Fire Opal” both sold towards the end of the day – which definitely made my day!