Monday, March 29, 2010

I wish....

                               I wish you a happy Monday! 

                  {I'll be back later in the week with some new work}

Friday, March 26, 2010

the Earth is singing (are you listening?)

                                                    :: Happy Friday::

        If you need a little more "happy" in your day check this might just do the trick.  

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Six for Spring...

a slight adjustment
dreaming on daisies (of spring's fleeting beauty)
the whisper of spring made her want to live in color
she wasn't prepared to be surprised
metamorphosis (the art of spring)
spring awakened a lighter version of herself

Here's a peek at the six painting heading out into the world today...wish them luck!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The straggler....

Yes. I have a straggler.  One of the six paintings I was planning to ship off today decided that even though she was the first to arrive at the party she was also going to be the last to leave. Here's her story:   I picked her dress as soon as I was invited to participate in Nahcotta's "Spring" show and the crow on her head was a must have accessory.   But then,  this little lady kind of skulked off on her own in that oh-so-close-to-complete state while I worked on five other paintings.  It was only as the party was breaking up and everyone was just about to hit the road  that she got her second wind and demanded a bit of oil paint.  Really?  Slow as a snail's pace drying oil paint?  I couldn't say no.  It was just exactly what she needed.  So I added a bit of Walnut Alkyd to the oil paint to speed up the drying process and am blowing on her each time I walk by in hopes of being able to finish her by this evening.  Tomorrow I will load up the fed-ex box and ship off a group of six "Spring" paintings and give you a sneak peek.  Until then I'll be watching paint dry....sigh.

Monday, March 22, 2010


Oh how I wish you were her so that you could smell this gorgeous jasmine vine I just walked past.  Of course if you were here we would also have to sit outside and enjoy a cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer) and we would chat for hours about food, art, children and life.  But you are where you are doing your thing and I am here and must get back to doing my thing which involves finishing the last of the paintings for the "Spring" show at Nahcotta.  So, I'm off to the studio but know that I'm wishing you an unexpected treasure this Monday morning....

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hi there.

I just wanted to stop in and say I'm still here creating at what seems to be a snail's pace. Do you ever have so many ideas that they all get kind of jumbled and individual ideas can't break free? Well, I've been experiencing that lately and it's been mixed in with the whole cross country move thing which is beginning to demand more of my brain power.  But yesterday it was gorgeous out and so I rolled up the door of my garage/studio and got to work on the painting pictured above.  I was visited by at least half a dozen bees who were seriously interested in what I was doing with their wax.  I took their visit as a sign that Spring is here to stay and realized that they too are gypsies traveling as needed, seeking beauty and sweetness and creating constantly.  I took their advice and added more daisies for my figure to rest on and must say those little guys were's just what she needed.  I'm going to finish up this piece today and hopefully prep a few smaller paintings as well. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Friday, March 12, 2010

and the winner is...

Leililaloo!  Congratulations Dana, I can't think of a nicer place for this little painting than in your color filled new home.  
However, I was so moved by the number of comments on yesterday's post that I decided I needed to add one of my "fly" girls to the give away and so:

  winner # 2 is Kate!
(Kate I just need your address)

Thanks to everyone for commenting and I wish you all a fabulous weekend!  

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

how does your garden grow....

Just in case you were curious.  This is a simplified version of how the garden magic happens.  I start with a one inch thick maple block and apply a thin layer of clear medium (beeswax and damar resin heated to 190 degrees on a hot plate).  After heat setting that layer (with a heat gun) I add color with an oil stick and apply a field of flowers using colored encaustic paints.  The whole thing is covered with a layer of clear medium and is heat set again. I carve in flower details (using a pin tool) and apply a layer of black oil stick over the entire piece and then use linseed oil to remove the excess and viola!  I know I've been away for a few days and thought you might enjoy a little peek into the process of encaustic painting.  My relationship with Spring was getting a bit rocky as each day starts with the loveliness of chirping birds and bright sunshine but then the clouds roll in, the sky darkens and brief periods of rain are interspersed with torrential downpours (and even hail) timed so that I have to pick up all three kiddos at separate schools each day.  This was becoming more bothersome and I was really beginning to think that it was wrong of Spring to let me down like this and how she should really meet me 1/2 way until I realized that it wasn't her fault. The heat of Summer and cold, sleet and snow of Winter arrive quickly and sit right down for an extended visit.  But  Spring and Fall are gypsies, travelers, explorers who are more about process than product (which is why i love them so). Spring and Fall sneak in and begin to transform things and before you know it they're gone.  So in the spirit of spring I'm sharing a process today which will lead to a give away tomorrow...   

Thursday, March 4, 2010

anticipation and appreciation...

                        her mind buzzed (at the first glimpse of spring)

she contemplated freedom and beauty

Spring is such an amazing season (autumn i'm not cheating on you i'm just saying...).  I love the bursts of green that are dotting the landscape, the bright yellow daffodils at the market and the fact that I just had my 1st asparagus sighting (asparagus is the queen of spring you know...).  All of the sights and sounds of spring awaken something deep inside of me that has been asleep for the past few months and brings the promise of hope, growth and transformation. And even though spring is fickle and likes to play games once I get that 1st glimpse of color it's infectious. I can see spring flirting with me in my sketch book and don't tell autumn but I think I'm in love....

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

A Slight Adjustment....

There's been a subtle shift in the way things feel around here.  Last week was full of mishaps, mayhem and disappointments.  Looking back at it now with the cushion of a beautiful weekend between me and those happenings I can see that it was a transitional week.  Do you ever have those....when everything just goes wrong, to set you up for what's coming next?  The hard part of going through one of those weeks is that when you're in it you forget the whole cosmic, bigger picture thing and it can swallow you up.  But now, today, I'm on the other side of it and it makes sense.  Spring is showing it's lovely face in so many places it's pretty much taken over my thinking.  There are buds (and even flowers) on most trees and bushes, sunny days are beginning to outnumber rainy ones and the birds exuberance each morning is infectious.  The timing of this attitude adjustment is perfect as I've been invited to participate in Nachotta Gallery's next show entitled "Spring" (the 9x12" painting above is the first of six for that show). So right now I have a pile of freshly cut blocks, the garage door is rolled up, the birds are singing and the wax is heating so I'm off to paint.  Happy March to you and I'm wondering, have you noticed a shift?