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The Big Egg Hunt: A Sampling
Untitled -- by Tracy Emin
Untitled
by Tracy Emin
Figurative Painter -- by Jo Fraser
Figurative Painter
by Jo Fraser
Royal Blue -- by Carolina Herrera
Royal Blue
by Carolina Herrera
Untitled -- by Beth Katleman
Untitled
by Beth Katleman
Origami Egg -- by Sarah Flint
Origami Egg
by Sarah Flint
Untitled -- by Jennifer Bartlett
Untitled
by Jennifer Bartlett
Untitled -- by Martha Stewart
Untitled
by Martha Stewart
Untitled -- by Lela Rose
Untitled
by Lela Rose
Study for Devotion 1 -- by Waris Ahluwalia
Study for Devotion 1
by Waris Ahluwalia
Untitled -- by Julian Schnabel
Untitled
by Julian Schnabel
Untitled -- by David Salle
Untitled
by David Salle
My Happiness -- by Sara Genn
My Happiness
by Sara Genn


An eggstraordinary project

April 4, 2014

Dear Artist,

Last month my daughter, Sara, was invited to take part in "The Big Egg Hunt." Two hundred and eighty-seven A few eggsperiments with hen’s eggs: Working out scale for the motif, and colour vibrations.
A few eggsperiments with hen’s eggs: Working out scale for the motif, and colour vibrations.
plain white fiberglass eggs, about two and a half feet high, were to be re-imagined as individual artists saw fit.

When offered projects like this, among other questions, Sara and I like to ask, "Can I learn anything?" and "Who are the beneficiaries?"

This project was to end in a silent auction as a fundraiser to benefit endangered Asian elephants and also Studio in a School, a program that exposes New York City public school students to visual arts. While Sara's fiberglass egg was being delivered in New York, eggsciting three-dimensional roughs were being made in Vancouver. She was blowing out hen's eggs and painting miniatures before the ink on her emailed contract was dry.

Right away Sara confirmed that you can't have texture without losing shine--you can't have shine withoutAfter using a crocus cloth and 2000 grit sandpaper, wiping with a tack cloth, and now buffing with a rag. This is still the primer layer.
After using a crocus cloth and 2000 grit sandpaper, wiping with a tack cloth, and now buffing with a rag. This is still the primer layer.
losing texture. Further, if you want reflection, darks are best. (Think of new cars parked beside one another in a showroom.)

Just as Sara was experimenting, marine surveyor Chris Small dropped by the studio to deliver our annual boat insurance survey. Chris, it turns out, knows a lot about marine enamels on fiberglass--the kind that make your boat look wet even when it's not moving. We were soon Googling Interlux, Awlgrip and Alexseal, and learning that esoteric and expensive boat epoxies are the paint of choice for mega-shine. Soon, lightfast and rock-hard products were discussed in detail with Eastern US yacht painters and the next day Sara was on her way to her big egg in the Big Apple.

Turns out that painting a shiny fiberglass thing in the round is all about preparation--sanding (with ever-diminishing A quick underpainting of the circle motif.
A quick underpainting of the circle motif.
grits, wet and dry) until the personal identification on the ends of your fingers is also worn smooth. For Sara, the painting of her egg took about half a day. The polishing--well--that's an eggsasperating story.

Best regards,

Robert

PS: "Painters tend to ignore the challenges and thrills that sculptors enjoy daily--volume. My intent was to create a polished object that still evokes the spiritual longing and delicate effects and feelings transmitted by a handmade work. Imperfect in their perfection, circles evoke the infinity, soft-edges and organic totems we recognize as life-giving -- much like the perfect, imperfect voluminous oval of the egg." (Sara Genn)

Esoterica: Together with roughs, the egg in progress, the final result and the public placement of Sara's eggWet sanding one of several coats of the painting, in increasingly finer degrees of grit.
Wet sanding one of several coats of the painting, in increasingly finer degrees of grit.
as of April 1, 2014, we've put a wide selection of the eggs of other artists above this letter. If you'd like to see every single egg in the collection, how to take part in the hunt (with a cellphone, no less), and the state of current bidding, etc., please go here. You might even want to put in a bid here. After all, they're eggsceptional charities.







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Krysteen Waszak Workshops
The next workshop is held in Taos, NM, USA.

The Workshop Calendar provides up-to-date selected workshops and seminars arranged in chronological order. Please take a look here.



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