Just wanted to pop in and share two new pieces I finished up over the weekend. I spent much of last week messing around with cold wax medium and oil paint. Have you ever used it? There's not too much information out there on it right now, but a new book is coming out later this year and on-line there seems to be a lot of interest in it as a medium. I really like the texture and the matte finish it offers and the fact that is it speeds up oil paint dry time so you can work in many layers over the course of a week or two. I used palette knives for mixing colors and for application, mixed in pigment stick, oil pastel crayon and collage elements. It's fun to mix it up a bit and explore new ways to work. The 2nd piece is straight encaustic on the bottom and pigment stick, collage and encaustic on top. The colors of summer are making their way into my work and the tiny bits of color peeking out here in the upper midwest tell me that it truly is just around the corner. And on that note I wish you a warm, bright and lovely week-
We make decisions everyday that lead us down one road or another. This piece celebrates the way that yes changes everything. You know the old saying about 'everything in moderation'? Well, I think I'm going to have to go with saying no in moderation and saying yes with wild abandon. On that note, I wanted to tell you about something I did last fall that took me way out of my comfort zone. I really had to push myself at each step of the process to say yes because no kept making a lot of noise. I applied for an artist residency program at the Vermont Studio Center, and guess what...I got in!!! It's something I had been thinking about for awhile but with the kid's schedules and Chuck's constant travel it never seemed within reach. But this year my oldest is away at college, my middle child can drive and has a car and and my youngest is old enough to do everything but get himself to school and back. I opted to do two weeks instead of four (baby step, right?) but I will be leaving just over a month from now and I'm super, super excited. Now that I've gotten used to the idea that I am actually going, I am starting to think about all the nitty gritty details like shipping panels and supplies and thinking about what series I will work on when I'm there. I received a partial scholarship and will be doing a work study program to help cover the cost but I will have two full weeks to paint, meet other artist and writers, attend lectures, practice yoga and and paint and paint and paint some more in the gorgeous state of Vermont. What have you said yes to lately?
(a story of thinking, being, knowing and not knowing in 12 parts)
A rare evening post to share these space-like-night-sky paintings. They started out as a group of soft pastel paintings but as I discussed in my last post they were just too high maintenance and messy to handle so I came up with an interesting process involving wax, which allowed me to melt the original image into the wood block. Then I covered the image with another thin layer of clear medium and pulled the 3" x 3.5"blocks together with image transfers, incising and white pigment stick. This little group came out of nowhere but with a full moon rising (technically not full until 8:01 tomorrow morning but still...) it seemed a good time to let them shine.
I know, I know, in my last post I was totally committed to embracing the dead matte finish of the pastel on wood block pieces I created but they turned out to be quite fussy little things. I didn't want to use fixative and I didn't want to frame them under glass...I wanted them to be easy to handle and wanted no barrier between the work and the viewer...like an encaustic piece. So, I created a few more pastel blocks and messed around a bit before finding a way to get my original image, created with the soft pastels, covered and embedded into the wax. Once the wax was on and heat set I was able to add more detail and color to really bring them to life. I have five more to do but am not sure I will get back into the studio this week. My oldest is home from college for Spring Break(yay!), my middle child is in a play that opens on Thursday (and is sick but on the mend), C is gone all week and my in-laws arrive day after tomorrow. It's busy times here as Spring says hello to the upper mid-west but I'm enjoying having the windows cracked open, switching out wool coats for wool sweaters and seeing the 1st tiniest bits of green outside. What's making your days these days?
ps: this is a brilliant piece of writing on a gorgeous song.