All about my journey in encaustic art and cold wax and mixed media.
| 21 May, 2016 03:43
The selling of my gallery after two years of investment in time, sweat and money, and the moving of my studio out of the public eye and back to a private one has been a world of change. And while I truly loved the interaction with the public, and learned much from the experience of being on the other side of the table when it comes to to the art world, I am very happy to be back on this side. Now I can choose when to be public and interactive and when to hunker down and get focused on my creativity. I used to think I needed the energy of others to get truly inspired, but I see now that it is something I can get from all kinds of experiences and not just from people.This new series, called 'environs' is one that was born from a need to have some high resolution pictures of my cold wax work. Most of my pieces weres sold and I didn't have access to get better photos, so that meant I needed to create to some new work and get serious about the photography of the pieces as well. So I went into the studio with a purpose, but I needed a plan and some serious inspiration. Being back in the studio was a new/old experience, as I had returned to it after abandoning it for 2 years. I had felt alone and uninspired and longed for the comraderie and interaction I had seen the artists in Asheville River Arts District have. Coming back, I added lighting and windows and arranged the space to meet my new needs. It has a decidedly different feel now and I treasure the time I spend there, Friends come and paint there at least once a week so I get my people fix, but have plenty of time for solitude and reflection as well. Once in the zone, I am oblivious to time and not until I get the inevitable phone call from hubby do I even realize it's past dinner time. The new windows gave me a view of the white pines that line the drive and along with a new tube of Indian yellow I had the catalysts to create some abstract landscapes for a workshop I am going to teach in Texas this fall. Sometimes change is good and it just all falls into place ....