Wow! Where to start? Many months have passed and I’ve completed a lot of work since I’ve got an upcoming show at Valley Art beginning TOMORROW! I will be one of three featured artists for the next two months. Elina Zeberg is another artist well-versed in encaustic and I’m really happy to be featured with her. Christine Hurayt is a potter and will be showing her great work on the shelves below Elina’s and my work. I was hoping for another encaustic artist with whom we could share the wall space but it’s just Elina and me this go ’round, so I’m having to hang some work that’s already been shown along with my new work.
Of the new work, I’m featuring monotypes and will be demonstrating how-to on September 8 for a couple of hours. As I’ve confessed to Lynn, I’m a bit nervous since I don’t consider myself a teacher nor do I consider myself a printer. I’m thinking I’ll just be what I am…an enthusiastic learner. It’s a fun medium and a fun technique so I’ll try not to be anxious about it and just enjoy.
Also new are the 1st three pieces in my ongoing wildlife series. I mentioned early on in this blog that I was considering painting wildlife species, those endangered and not, and I’m finally doing it. I like all three of them very much – they’re all different. My favorite, though, is the African elephant because that’s my favorite wild animal, AND because this painting began as one of my very first. It didn’t start as an elephant but it became one when Scott said my tree looked like an elephant.
This guy, with his golden tusks, emerges from the forest and is about to cross the red lines of extinction. This painting started as several printed monotypes on tea bags surrounding a tree. After several layers of wax and varying iterations, this is the result. I like the batik-y, ethnic look of it. I used the brass paint brush from Enkaustikos affixed to my hot tool – THAT was a new experience. Wish I had a picture of it to show. I’d like to try it on portraits of human beings…or maybe my pups.
Here’s my snow leopard on a 6×6 panel. Technically, no longer considered “endangered” since last year, its numbers are still declining due to poaching its beautiful fur and also due to its loss of habitat, all human-caused. I still consider it endangered though it is now labeled “vulnerable”. I drew the leopard on tissue paper from an old pattern, a ’70s cowboy shirt (not making those anymore!!), and fused it onto a board that already had several layers of wax and was visually interesting. The drawing blended into the background, as the leopard does in real life, and may even serve as a metaphor for its disappearance from our planet. I wanted to highlight its piercing blue eyes – absolutely magnificent creature.
‘Water’s Edge’ has been a work in progress for a really, really, really long time. I’d worked on it for a while, then stopped because I was unhappy with it, then start up again months later, and stop again. I’ve FINALLY finished it…AND I learned a valuable lesson. Never ever put shellac on an area that’s been sprayed with fixative. Perhaps another “duh” moment but I just didn’t know. The shellac, being a solvent, dissolved the fixative and just created goo balls that I had to scrape off. Ultimately, I had to just let it all dry and scraped it all off down to the wax and re-shellaced it. ‘Tis beautiful now, but I don’t have a picture of it finished. Will try to take one tomorrow.
What’s been up for the summer has been water.
Beach scenes. Sea scapes. It’s ok. Some pieces I like way more than others…and some I just hate. Like ‘Headland’ (above right). This started out looking like a banana and then it became a penis and then it had rocks in it and then it didn’t. Oh my, I kept laughing because it just became more and more awful. Then my talented friend, April, said it looked like Florida and I knew I had to redo it. So tomorrow it comes back home. A couple of these pieces will stay for the show but most will come down.
So, now begins my work on San Miguel doors. This will be my new work for the Annual Artist Event in early November. San Miguel de Allende, MX has gorgeous old doors with gorgeous old hardware. So, my focus for the next two months is capturing that beauty in wax and iron (I bought hardware there in March) and do a few more wildlife images.
Now, time to drink wine. Cheers!