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‘Rescue Work’: My Photo Encaustic Piece for the DVAC Members’ Show

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The 2013 Dayton Visual Arts Center‘s annual members’ show is coming up. This year Dayton is celebrating  the 100th anniversary of the Great Flood. The theme of this year’s show at the DVAC is “Water, Water Everywhere.”

I found several photographs taken at the time of the flood and decided to turn them into encaustic works.

I printed the photograph on Hosho paper and adhered it to a 5 x 7 Ampersand Clayboard. I put four layers of clear encaustic medium over the photograph, fusing and buffing the surface between each layer. I added color to various areas of the encaustic using watercolor crayons and then added a couple more (very thin) layers of encaustic medium.

After the piece cooled, I attached it to the matboard and put it in the distressed yellow frame. Using my hand, I gave it another gentle buffing to bring out the luster and shine.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s interpretation of “Water, Water Everywhere.” The show opens on Friday, July 12, and closes on Saturday, August 17, 2013.

Dayton Visual Arts Center

118 N. Jefferson Street, Dayton, OH 45402

(937) 224-3822

The DVAC’s hours are 11 to 6 Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday.

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