Art submissions

In the spirit of stretching and challenging myself, I’ve submitted some pieces for calls for art.

I’m awaiting news on HVNSTN and the Kedzie Admirals for a Civic Center submission.

Maike's Marvels submission to civic center

HVNSTN was fun to do. I was inspired by Katsy Johnston’s work to actually paint onto a photograph with encaustic. First I wrote some words describing what the town means to me. The purple is a nod to Northwestern University.

HVNSTN layer 1 by Maike's Marvels

I snapped the license plate in my neighborhood a few years ago. It stands for Heavanston. That layer went on top of the words.

HVNSTN layer 2 by Maike's Marvels

Then I painted over the letters with pigmented beeswax.

Maike's Marvels HVNSTN painting phase

It got a bit sloppy–wax dries fast–so I broke out the dental tools for a bit of scraping.

It isn’t perfect, but I’m happy with it for a first try. With more time I would have created a better one for the submission, but the deadline was looming and I had to enter it as is.

HVNSTN encaustic collage by Maike's Marvels

I also wanted to continue with my butterfly theme that seems to be emerging, so I browsed for pictures of local butterflies. When I did research on the Red Admirals, which I had snapped around the corner from my home, I learned that they like to settle down in one place for a week or so. I cut out the photos of two different admirals.

Red Admirals cut-outs by Maike's Marvels

Then fusing the layers began

fusing Red Admirals by Maike's Marvels

I enjoyed giving the biggest butterflies a little lift.

We’ll see what their journey holds.

Kedzie's Red Admirals by Maike's Marvels

Artrageous was the most nerve-wracking for me. It is a juried show, so there is no guarantee that I’ll get in. I attempted to create some spring-themed art with Violas, but am not happy with where that went. So for now those pieces are “resting”. Instead, I submitted my Swift Swallowtails. I’ll know in April whether they are actually flying off to the exhibit.

Swift Swallowtails by Maike's Marvels

One thought on “Art submissions

  1. Birgitt says:

    Your life is shaping up inspired by HVNSTON 🙂 SO PROUD OF YOU :)))))))))))))))))

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