Over the years, I have worked with a few different resins, but none have been as easy to work with as Art Resin. First, and perhaps most importantly, It is non-toxic, has no VOCs, fumes, or solvents and is non-flammable and non-hazardous. However, I still urge everyone to wear a respirator mask when using any resin products. Secondly, it's clear and remains that way - other resins may produce a yellow cast over time. Lastly, it's easy to use and brightens color beautifully.
The kind people at Art Resin sent me a 32 oz kit to use. I worked on a new project - painting on tiles -making coasters and sold them all. Yay! Those unfamiliar with resin should know that there are 2 bottles - 1 containing resin, and 1 containing hardener. You combine in equal proportions, mixing well before using. For example, I'll mix 3 ounces of resin with 3 ounces of hardener to get 6 ounces of resin. Art resin has a really cool calculator tool to help figure out how much is needed for any given project. Once combined, there is about a 30 minute window to work until the resin begins its hardening phase.
Here are a few pictures along my coaster making process. Thanks Art Resin for this superior product! I really enjoyed working on the coasters, and plan to make additional ones later this year. Stay tuned for those, and see all of my art making on Instagram: @christykillart. For more info on Art Resin visit: https://www.artresin.com
I joined the McLean Art Society (MAS) in the fall and one New Year resolution was to be more active at the community level. So, I joined our monthly zoom calls and participated in all opportunities. I installed artwork at the Springhill Recreation Center where MAS has an on-going exhibition on the lower level. Well, to my surprise the 2 pieces I hung sold and the buyer is commissioning another piece! Here are the 2 that sold at Springhill. They are 16 x 20, acrylic on wood panel.
In other huge news associated with MAS, I was selected to be apart of the juried exhibition "The Show Must Go On." A juried exhibition is where one person (or a few) review all of the submitted artwork (in this case, there were 57) and select their favorites based on composition, theme, balance, and what rings true to them. The work below titled "Be the Light" was one of 20 selected. And while, I have participated in a handful of exhibitions, this is the first time I have been selected by a juror. I'm taking many moments to pause and celebrate! It is on display at the McLean Community Center from March 2 - 13th, 2021. The exhibition is just outside of the McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) in the Atrium. All works are by MAS members and are for sale. "Be the Light" is 24 x 24 inches, acrylic and oil on gallery wrapped canvas.
"Be the Light" took on many forms as I worked on it what seemed like nearly all day. I truly let myself explore through color and texture and finally arrived at the final piece when it felt complete (or I was exhausted!). I used a palette knife to add lots of texture to create upward and horizontal movements. For me, it mimics light shining up and out. The first 2 phases of the painting are show below and still give me inspiration! Thank goodness I took pictures of the process. ❤️
During March, I'll be working on 2 commissions and enjoying all things spring! Enjoy the sunshine and see you soon!
Christy Kill is an abstract painter and pattern designer living in the DC area.