All about my journey in encaustic art and cold wax and mixed media.
Category: encaustic journaling
| 13 March, 2017 11:35
Landscapes are a evolving part of my work. Sometimes leaning to the realistic and then bordering on the abstract. What is so compelling about them? Maybe it's the same charm I see when I spend time gazing out the windows at these NC mountains and skies. They are everchanging, ever inspiring. Like a gift each day with spectacular sunrises of various colors and mists of intriguing depths. There are two streams on the property...one we didn't discover until winter cleared the green vegetation and revealed its winding path alongside the drive to the house. It was a sweet surprise and over the years I have had it cleared more and more so as to enjoy it year round. That is the call of nature and I wonder if the appeal of the landscape is to take home a memory of a place or even the wish of a place we love. And the abstract landscape is to express the feeling it gave us while we we there. Something to ponder on a misty day...
| 21 May, 2013 05:47
Naming art is part of the job of course. Saying a piece is "Untitled" tells me it didn't conjure anything to the creator or that they didn't want to influence thier audience or that they were not in the mood for playing the name game that day. All are viable reasons of course, but I prefer to title all my pieces giving them a proper place in the world. This can take a while for some of them, while others simply state it easily. This piece was named after a 60's folk song I liked that very aptly described the seedpods that were used in its creation. "the answer is blowing in the wind" )
| 20 March, 2013 10:05
The biggest decision I make in painting isn't what to paint - it is always what colors to use . There is a wealth of information out there about color palettes and schemes but when you are in the moment it seems that spontaneousness will win out. Sometimes it follows the general rules of complements and triads and such but often it surprises you with unusual values and mixes that you never read about, but love nonetheless. Red and turquoise, lime green and deep brown, soft blue, celadon green and off white to name a few of my fav combinations. I have to have all my colors heated up on the palette because I can't limit my choices as yet. Maybe one day I will be able to choose my palette in advance and heat just those chosen few but for now I must have 2 griddles and my anondized 16"x16" plate all full of lovely colors....
| 04 March, 2013 18:06
i always liked e.e. cummings habit of not capitalizing, so i hope you will excuse me as i use this quirky habit myself.
my love affair with wax shows no signs of the usual relationship woes...i am still enamored of this altogether wondrous medium with which to explore my creative energies. i spend hours daydreaming about colors and layers and letters and numbers and glass bits and fibers and writings and book excerpts and images and how they will all go together when i get back in the studio. so many options sometimes overwhelm me and i decide to just start with something...anything, and let the painting reveal itself to me. and yet, it is often the reworking of a set aside piece that makes for the best work in the end. so it was with both these pieces. they were "finished" encaustic works, but i just never cared much for them, and decided to add obscuring layers and colors and see where they would take me.
i now enjoy them even more knowing they have hidden depths and original meanings that have evolved into entirely different pieces.