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I recently expanded my repertoire into resins and the choice is clear, ArtResin.Art Resin bottles

I am hooked…luckily we have it readily available here in Hawaii through Fiberglass Hawaii. Many years ago I worked with fiberglass and casting resins with the catalyst drops, mostly for craft or repair work and never considered using it for my art. My work with encaustics (a mixture of beeswax, dammar and pigments) allowed me to get a flow-y and layered look… and now I am able to achieve something similar and further my potential by not having to be so cautious about damaging previous layers and having an end product that is more durable. ArtResin allows me to use a variety of mediums and pigments and incorporate items such as gold leaf and coconut tree fiber, which is different from other resins I’ve used in the past.

I love the fact that it is a relatively clean medium to work with, “ArtResin is certified non-toxic (when used as directed) so it’s not bad for your health like other resins. No VOCs. No fumes. No solvents. No respirator needed. Non-flammable. Non-hazardous. Conforms to ASTM D4236 (Safe for Home Use)”.  It is also beautifully clear, “ArtResin is chemically engineered to offer the most efficient yellowing protection on the market. Its advanced stabilization additives provide superior clarity for long-term non-yellowing performance”. The 1 to 1 ratio is easy to work with and they have very handy coverage calculator on their website – https://www.artresin.com/pages/calculator. The website also contains an abundance of information.

Resin paintings with levelPrepping is key before you measure and mix. You need to start with a level surface. It is still sticky and messy… here is a list of my essentials: lots of newspaper, plastic cups, stirrers, gloves, spreaders, tweezers, small butane torch, lighter, pigments or colorants, box or plastic bin that is larger than the work (necessary to keep out dust and other particles especially when you have a large dog like I do), 80 grit sandpaper to sand each previous layer after hardening for better adhesion when pouring another layer. I use cradled wooden panels that support the weight of multiple layers of resin, but stretched canvas is another option for small works, larger works on canvas will need to be supported, they will sag otherwise. Lots of masking tape to prep the panels and often more in between the different layers.

The actually mixing is easy: equal parts of both the resin and the hardener, stir for at least three minutes, I stir longer for bigger batches.

Blue Summer Fronds - Pati O'Neal

Blue Summer Fronds – Pati O’Neal

Separate out smaller amounts to mix with different pigments and powders. This part has and still is an experimental thing with me as I found that even different colors of the same medium type will change the viscosity and hardening time. (ArtResin does have its own line of pigments to help with the predictability.) The average time for work-ability is 45 minutes, which may seem like a long time, but when working with larger panels, it gets to be a challenge. After you spread/pour/manipulate the resin, use the torch to get rid of the bubbles, always moving quickly over the surface to create that glassy surface. Pick out any debris that might have fallen onto the surface and torch again if necessary. Then cover carefully. In about 12 hours it will be hardened but still a little tacky, in about 24 hours it will be mostly cured with final curing by 72 hours. Aside from the creative aspect and manipulation, working with ArtResin has been a breeze and I’m looking forward to more…

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When I got back to my little country shack in ole Hale’iwa, I received some good news. I had previously entered five pieces into Art America Awards online and found out that I received awards for three of my paintings, one first place and two second place. Here is the first write-up…

PATI O’NEAL, MEAGAN WU, CARL GETHMANN, HYAE JIN SOH, EUGENE RODRIGUEZ, BARBARA STRAND, DEAN LOUCKS AND M. CLARK WIN FLORAL REALISM – Thom Bierdz, President Of American Art Awards, Reports To Highlight Hollywood

September 16, 2013

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Highlight Hollywood reveals the winners of the 2013 American Art Awards  FLORAL – REALISM CATEGORY. American Art Awards president Thom Bierdz, recognized  globally for playing Phillip Chancellor III on The Young & The Restless  since 1986 and himself a painter in many genres, reported to us today  the highest scored floral artisans. 25 prestigious American galleries  vote on all work submitted to www.AmericanArtAwards.com, the  contest. This year there were winning artist from 18 countries. First Place  of Floral goes to Hawaiian native Pati O’Neal.

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1ST PLACE       PATI O’NEAL   “Spiral  Costus”
2ND PLACE     MEAGAN  WU    “Floral Pattern”
3RD  PLACE     CARL GETHMANN    “An  Arrangement”
4TH PLACE      HYAE  JIN SOH    “Hope & Love”
4TH  PLACE     EUGENE RODRIGUEZ     “Welcome  To The 21st Century”
5TH PLACE      BARBARA  STRAND    “Hawaiian Flowers 1″
5TH  PLACE     DEAN LOUCKS    “Copper  Flowers”
6TH PLACE      M.  CLARK    “Quick Sketch In Fiji”

For my second place award in the “Realism Landscape” category, I have to say that I am still pretty stoked since I found out that the first place image is done with digital photography and graphics programs and mine is done with old-fashioned oil on canvas. Here is the write up from the Highlight Hollywood site:

Carl Gethmann, Pati O’Neal, Lorna Allan, Dean Loucks, Seshadri Sreenivasan And A. S. Helwig Score Big In Realism Art – Thom Bierdz Reports To Highlight Hollywood News

September 25, 2013

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Thom Bierdz, president  of the online art competition judged by  25 of the best American galleries, www.AmericanArtAwards.com, today  announced to Highlight Hollywood the international winners of the 2013  American Art Awards category of Realism/Landscape. These artisans take top  prizes:

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 1ST PLACE     CARL  GETHMANN   “Dreaming Of Winter”
2ND PLACE    PATI O’NEAL  “Kailua Beach Park  Morning”
3RD PLACE     LORNA  ALLAN    ”This Eternal Land”
4TH  PLACE    DEAN LOUCKS  “Philly Red Door”
5TH PLACE     SESHADRI  SREENIVASAN    “In The Woods”
5TH  PLACE    A S HELWIG   “Sun Charged At Nose  Hill”
6TH PLACE     LORNA ALLAN   “Sublime Solitude”
6TH PLACE     LORNA  ALLAN  “Homage To The Hinterland”

And now for my other second place award in the “Self Portrait” category…….

Soojee Baek, Pati O’Neal, Ji Woo Park, Katarzyna Jablonska, Ting Na Wang And Youxin Yang Win Best Self-Portraits, 2013 – Thom Bierdz, President Of American Art Awards, Reports To Highlight Hollywood

September 28, 2013

HHAAAZZZDozens of the  most established American galleries have voted six artists winners in the 2013  American Art Awards category of Self-Portrait. Thom Bierdz, AAA president since  2008, shares exclusively to Highlight Hollywood, “American galleries voted on  all work submitted to www.AmericanArtAwards.com, but the  contest is open to artists in all countries. We had winners from 18 countries in  52 categories. 1ST PLACE in Self-Portrait goes to Soojee Baek for her 42×70″  acrylic, “Captivity”.”

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1 ST PLACE  SOOJEE BAEK “Captivity”
2ND PLACE  PATI O’NEAL “Contemplation”
3RD PLACE  JI WOO PARK “Who Am I?”
4TH PLACE  KATARZYNA JABLONSKA “The Morning”
5TH PLACE  TING NA  WANG “Self Portrait (You Are What You See)”
6TH PLACE  YOUXIN  YANG  “Self-Portrait Thinking”