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Sunflowers – Painting Exhibit :: Posted by: Hazel on January 12th, 2013

Sunflower Exhibit

Encaustic Art Exhibit : Sunflower Collection

This week see a new exhibition published on the Art In Wax website. The theme of this exhibit is one of my favorite flowers – Sunflowers.

Sunflower Exhibition

I recently bought a bouquet of sunflowers and had taken photographs to paint from, I don’t tend to look at the photographs while I am painting. I make sketches from the pictures and then using these sketches to look at as a guide to placing the blooms and depth of the picture I paint the flowers directly with the wax onto the gloss card.
sunflower painting and drawing
This process of working gives an impressionistic feel to the paintings as much of the painting come from my imagination as I work with the hot wax. I am showing some of the photographs in the exhibit, these demonstrate the collection is based more on the similarities in the photographs rather than actual copies.

The exhibits page has six of the sunflower paintings I have created for this online exhibition : Sunflowers Art In Wax

Famous Sunflowers

Throughout time sunflowers have been a popular subject for painters and artists.

One of the most famous being that of Vincent van Gogh and his vase of sunflowers. Bouquet of Sunflowers by Claude Monet in 1881 an oil on canvas paintings is one of my own personal favorites and “Three Sunflowers And A Bottle of Water” 1996 by David Hockney has such a different and yet vibrancy I just had to mention it too.

Fun to paint

This series of paintings was great fun to paint and has taken several weeks to complete, I used various tools in the process. All pictures are approximately A4 (29 x 21 cm) in size and create on encaustic gloss card using encaustic coloured wax.

Video diary

Whilst painting this collection I have made a short video diary showing some of the techniques use in the process ……..

You can watch this and a demonstration of me painting a smaller hot wax encaustic sunflower via the Art In Wax Youtube Channel or below in this blog post.

Please leave me a comment if you liked the exhibit and /or the video diary.

Paintings from this series maybe for sale, please contact me Hazel Rayfield direct for details.

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Twitter Art Exhibit – Norway April 2012 :: Posted by: Hazel on February 20th, 2012

Twitter Art Exhibit – David Sandum Artist

I recently saw a “call for artist” on facebook via an artist Heidi Keyes with whom I facebook /follow. Heidi added a link on her wall to David Sandum Blog about the project he is working on as a Twitter Art Exhibit, my interest was raised as I am a avid tweeter @HazelRayfield.

The idea is that artists contribute a postcard size original artwork /painting which will be then exhibited in Norway at the Moss Libraray and sold to raise money for the charity.
Spring Flowers Vase - Twitter Art Exhibit 2012

Twitter hashtag #twitterartexhibit

Since contacting David via email and twitter @DavidSandumArt I have now sent this painting “Spring Flower Vase” to Norway to be included into the exhibit. I painted this especially for the exhibit, it is similar to some recent paintings I created in larger sizes and felt it was bright and cheerful and therefore an appropriate piece for the exhibit.

The exhibit opening will be on the 12th April 2012 opened by the Mayor of Moss. The wall with the paintings will have computers located nearby so viewers can tweet the artists live from the exhibit. Each painting being postcard size will have the artist’s name and twitter name printed along side it.

Online Exhibit

Sarah Wiske @SarahWiskeArt is collecting photographic images of the art for a twitter video she will create for the project, thus bringing together the exhibit into the twitter world online also.

Exciting Project

It is great to be able to participate in such a global event, artists from all over the world are sending paintings to Norway for this event which will raise funds for the charity. For more information please visit David’s Blog

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