Sunday, January 11, 2009

there's no place like home...





No matter what you call it,  in the middle of winter with 11 inches of snow outside there is no place like home.  I've spent most of this week "enlarging" my last two block paintings.  I really liked the way those last two little blocks and felt that perhaps they would translate well onto larger boards.  Well, let's just say that was easier said than done.  The whole tissue printing debacle left me a bit frustrated and my printer a bit off (oops...).  Then there was the waxing and applying of all the words onto the larger version of the "compartmentalized" piece (i'm still working on that one).  Anything over 9" x 12" becomes pretty tricky when working in encaustics.  Getting good coverage with each layer of wax is difficult and heat setting each layer can be quite brutal on the arms.  That being said I love the small blocks (3.5"x5") but I also really like the more substantial presence the larger versions have  (8" x 10" and 12" x 16").  I'm hoping to finish the 2nd one up tonight and maybe play around with my gocco printer this week.....warm wishes to all.

6 comments:

Leililaloo said...

You have a gocco? Wow, i am so jalous! can't wait to see what you do with it..
these days i am working and chilling inside my home as much as possible, it's so cooold out side, i don't like cold!

Sweetland Retreat said...

How very cool!! I loved seeing these photos before reading the story-- I was thinking "Her paintings blew up!" --but in a good way! LOVE IT! Can't wait to see how the black one turns out.

How do you print onto tissue paper? I was thinking of it today -- do you buy special paper or just test your luck and hope for the best? From your comment it sounds like it's easy to lose the battle!

Janice La Verne said...

Hi Beth,

loved reading about the process of enlarging your work... the colors of the patchwork piece are so gorgeous. they show up so well in the bigger piece. i bet your great use of color will translate well into the larger pieces.

i have a gocco too. it scared me until i took silkscreen class. but then i'm a bit of a technophobe. now i love it.

i can't imagine that much snow. it awes me.

Seth Apter said...

These pieces look great in any size.

bridgette said...

looks great beth!

I've had a few "printing on tissue paper" debacles myself. Haven't done it in a while because of that. So you're not alone!

Sylvie Van Hulle said...

These works are very beautiful, I really love your style! And it's a fun blog to read. Glad I discovered it!