Friday, December 31, 2010

New encaustics


Here is a preview of a new series I am working on.  Encaustic paint on ceramic tile.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Post Christmas Inspiration

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, 
and the life of the candle will not be shortened. 
Happiness never decreases by being shared. - Buddha

The house is quiet today, but my mind is racing with ideas for the new year.  While making plans for the future with my art and fledgling business, I'm going to make a more conscious effort to stay grounded in the present.  It is so easy to retreat into inactivity, which doesn't permit me to make those steps forward that I know I can accomplish.

  • Thought of being more economical with food - not letting leftovers languish in the refrigerator  -  led to potato pancakes:  

  • Gifts of new wax has my creative juices flowing:  R&F encaustic paints - Iridescent German Silver, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Violet Deep, Celadon Green, Jaune Brillant, Alizarin Crimson, Cobalt Yellow, and Viridian.

Watercolor pencil & paint spattered paper towels
Hamsa of zentangle-inspired doodles

  • Make art everyday: 

I have several art journals in progress right now.

These two pictures are from the "Make Your Mark" traveling journal, sponsored by Dick Blick and the LaGrange Art League. I have 9 months to work in and share the journal. At the end it will go on display with other artist's journals and travel among Art Leagues in the Chicagoland area.

    Friday, December 17, 2010

    There really is no good reason

    Jennie and Kyle
    ... to not have blogged over the past four months - other than the usual business of life,  Well, that and keeping up with friends and family on Facebook, rather than posting here.  So I'm acting on a decision to get a move on and post here as often as possible - maybe not daily, but certainly I can manage a weekly of post.

    We have a new member of the family - Jennie!  She and Kyle were married in October.  Here is the happy couple.

    A few weeks ago, I presented a demonstration at the Kishwaukee Valley Art League's December meeting.  My topic was "Encaustic Painting and Collage".  It was the first time I'd done such a demo for my art friends in a public setting.
    dipping paper into hot wax
    working on a ceramic tile

    Today I plan to finish up my section of a Traveling Artist Journal.  Our journal was started by fellow FusedChicago artist, Jenny Learner.  So far we have the artwork of Jackie Hefty (owner of Whispering Woodlands) and Bridgette Guerzon Mills.  Over the weekend I'll add some photos of my journal pages.  Time to get back to work on it so I can get it to Jenny this weekend.