The crayons are lined up side by side in boxes with their pointed ends up like a new box of crayons.
In his most recent series, A Set of Melodies, Faur riffs on the same portrait by playing with handcast encaustic crayons in a variety of color schemes and patterning.
I don’t quite understand his “rule based” approach – I am lightyears away from his math and physics background – but each of the 14″ x 14″ images are fascinating nonetheless.
His somber work from 2010 of photographs from the Great Depression is especially appropriate these tough days. Here’s the Land Surveyers, 30″ x 60″, with a detail shot from the side. Just imagine walking around the installations and watching the images shift with each little step.
Every year on the first day of school I treat myself to a new box of 64 Crayola crayons since they are on sale just about everywhere at 50% off. This year, the cashier and I reminisced about when we were kids and had to share our colors with brothers and sisters. It feels great to be all grown up and able to splurge on a box just for me.
Last year when I bought my crayons, I restarted the Saturday School to finish the exercises in Lindly Huanani‘s and my book, Color Inspirations. I got as far as the Contrast Table studio tool in Chapter 6 but wasn’t able to keep it going so I am going to try again. Third times the charm?
I will start next Saturday, September 17th, with the Stripe Blends exercise on p. 86. The exercises are fun to do even if you are not a polymer artist. If you want to join us, the links to past Saturday School posts are in a drop down under the Tutorials tab.
For Friday: A New Box of Crayons II – Faur’s Color Alphabet