By Faye Gaston
After the business session of the Bullock County Art Guild meeting held on April 1, 2021, at the Josephine Art Center, Stephanie Wingard gave a demonstration of her abstract Epoxy Resin 3-dimension paintings. She works full-time at this art, making money at what she loves to do.
She said, "I don't care about awards. I care about making money." She sells her beach paintings of various sizes for display on walls, ornaments, coaster sets, cheese boards, and lazy-susans.
She sells some on FaceBook and a lot at three galleries in Florida. Her son lives in Panama City and is her manager. Her beach art appeals to beach visitors for souvenirs. She also does commission work.
She has painted a second similar painting by request. Wingard has sold her artwork to folks from all across the country. She has filmed videos of how to do these paintings on her FaceBook page (Artist Stephanie Wingard). She bought twelve gallons of resin last year. She began this labor of love two years ago and branched out from some of her earlier art forms (jewelry, acrylics, watercolors, etc.).
She perfected the technique of "Resin Pours" and now only does these. She began the demonstration by wearing gloves with a display of the materials she would use, including a heat gun. She explained the work in preparation before the actual painting of ocean waves with a beach lined with small actual seashells, etc.
Wingard can purchase seashells from several sources. She told about sources for supplies, the costs of supplies, and the selling prices of some of her work. Using "wet ones" often to wipe off the gloves, she did pouring and mixing of solutions, rubbing the colored mixture on the canvass, and gluing seashells, etc., to the canvass. The last step was to get rid of any bubbles.
She put a cover over the finished three-dimension painting that did not touch the painting but would shield it from any particles that might be in the air. It would require 72 hours to "cure." Her e-mail is Stephaniewingardart.g-mail.com.
The Bullock County Art Guild states its purpose is "to further the growth and appreciation of the Fine Arts through education, knowledge and exhibits of professional application." Stephanie's demonstration fulfilled this purpose with her "exhibit of professional application." The next monthly meeting of the Art Guild will be on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at noon at the Josephine Art Center.