From canvas to fabric, La Mesa artist Dawn Seabaugh teaches fluid painting techniques

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The shape of fluid. As in the shapes that acrylic paint can produce on mirrors and canvas. This was the how-to-do-that art classed led by artist Dawn Hough Sebaugh, at Idea Field/Fusionglass Co. in La Mesa on Jan. 25. Titled “Fluid Painting Technique with Dawn Hough Sebaugh,” she demonstrated the art of taking the same techniques that she uses in her contemporary art on canvass and offering the same to the students.

The shape of fluid. As in the shapes that acrylic paint can produce on mirrors and canvas. This was the how-to-do-that art classed led by artist Dawn Hough Sebaugh, at Idea Field/Fusionglass Co. in La Mesa on Jan. 25. Titled “Fluid Painting Technique with Dawn Hough Sebaugh,” she demonstrated the art of taking the same techniques that she uses in her contemporary art on canvass and offering the same to the students. In this case, the artist workshop used these same techniques that eventually can be applied to leggings, creating a wearable piece of art, a new venture for this La Mesa artist.

One of the techniques used for creating the art in the intimate class involved pouring a small cup of liquid on to mirrors. This was the practice session to teach the fluid pouring methods before moving on to 12” x 12” canvasses for their final pieces.

Sebaugh noted the steps she was using in the class. First creating a dirty pour, second layering the colors, third, using a layer spreader, and final, adding the finishing touches. Tools for the students were tin-foil baking trays, mirrors, tongue depressors, and latex gloves. Multiple tubes of Artist’s Loft acrylic paint in a rainbow of colors were centered in middle of the table. Acrylic paints were applied to the mirrors in various ways resulting in abstract blends of colors, and then torched with a kitchen torch. Students will receive their creations after they dry.  With the final projects of the class, Sebaugh takes photos of the students’ paintings and transfers the contemporary art image on to leggings.

“This is for people who don’t know how to paint. I had one student who had never touched a brush or paint before in her life,” she said. “I think it is one of my favorites and she as so stoked to see what she was able to do in such a short amount of time.”

Seabaugh’s brilliant dramatic paintings from canvass have transformed to many other vehicles. With her Wear Art, Live Art she strives to create one of a kind legging that are as individual as the people that wear them, or in this case, create them. She now uses this same technique of fluidity painting with other fashion projects, creating rugs, curtains, pillows and her plans to expand are limitless with the distinction that each piece of art represents, both in whole and in part.

Founder of Mara Dawn Studios, her canvass and mass medium creations are as fluid as the art, and a spectacular addition to any home or office environment. Amidst the chaos of abstract art is a soothing feel to the finished piece. With 20 pieces on view at Idea Field and a successful first class, she is invited to teach again on Feb. 14.

Seabaugh traded one of her paintings for a pony, while growing up in North Carolina.  Her father had challenged her to raise her own money to purchase a much-wanted pony.  She did.

A resident of Mt. Helix, Sebaugh, is a graduate in color and design, from New York City’s Parsons School of Design, an established artist, and her art is displayed in some Hilton and Hyatt hotels worldwide and many other locations.

Idea Field owner Debbie Solan is an expert glass artist with creations that cross the boundaries of class, gender and price from her single pendants to her extravagant fused glassed necklaces. In her La Mesa studio, the walls and displays are filled with fused glass art, transforming glass into wall art, home decorations, dining ware and her imagination when it comes to art is boundless.

Solan’s expansion from Fusionglass Co. has brought her into the limelight with her fantasy and eco-recycled clothing featured in Leonard Simpson’s Fashion Forward events at Leonard Simpson’s 10 Best Dressed Awards and Charity Gala and St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center’s Fashion Forward, where her art of fashion is more often the highlighted design of the event. Her love of the environment and her use of recycled materials have led her works of recycled art to museums up and down the California coast.

This is her vision for Idea Field, is expanding beyond her expertise in fine art with fused glass to working with a multitude of artistic endeavors that are fit for anyone that wants to learn to create art in many forms. Solan opens her studio to guest artists, giving them the ability to have a place to display their art. At a nominal cost, she rents space for the artist that needs solitude with no studio of their own or has an idea of what they want to create, but need direction in reaching their artistic goals. Idea Field holds regular classes in fused art, brings in guest artists and believes that art is as diverse as the people that create it.

For more information about Idea Field/Fusionglass Co., its products, services and classes visit www.fusionglassco.com/

For more information about Dawn Sebaugh visit “Wear Art, Live Art” by Dawn at https://wearartliveart.com/

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