Thursday, November 29, 2012

Transition into Holidays

While I begin preparing for my planned move to Chicago (June 2013), creative inspiration and new work is temporarily on hold. Studio space (the dining room) has been in a state of disarray since Thanksgiving, ever since I gave my son a shelf unit that was used to house small encaustic paintings, and throughout the month of December I will find it difficult to find undistracted studio time.

I am going to visit family end of December and possibly sign an apartment lease then. In the meantime, I have small works and prints for sale in several local and online shops:

Copley Society of Art
Lynn Arts Holiday Boutique
Etsy Shop *free shipping* use code 112912HOLIDAY
Fine Art America

I am teaching another encaustic workshop in January at Brush Strokes Studio and Gallery, (only a few spots remain open) and a watercolor workshop in March (and possibly another encaustic workshop) at Montserrat College. Details will be available soon.

December is always a crazy time of year but once the dust settles I hope to be sharing new works. In the meantime, here's to a joyful holiday season. Cheers!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Art of Baking

I spent a good amount of time in the kitchen (rather than the studio) the past few days baking desserts in preparation for my adult children coming home for the Thanksgiving holiday. I put away my paints, palettes, and brushes in exchange for the mixmaster, cookie sheets, cake pans, and butter. My Grandma Esther would be proud, as I not only baked many of her family recipes but I also created a small cook book for my children, nieces, and nephews so that they each will have the opportunity to continue the legacy of what has become family favorite dessert recipes.

Below are crescent rolls that are filled with butter, cinnamon, sugar, and raisins. Once they are rolled they have to sit an hour before baking so that the yeast dough can rise a bit.

Fresh out of the oven.

Coffee cake, sour cream dough with a filling of brown sugar, white sugar, lemon and orange rind, walnuts, and raisins.

 Mandel bread, a buttery cookie with almonds and walnuts, very similar to biscotti.

Basic chocolate frosting, it goes well with anything and everything!

Chocolate buttermilk cake with frosting.

Banana cake with and without frosting.

Basic brownies sprinkled with powdered sugar.

My grandmother had 3 sons, my father was the oldest. I was the first born of her granddaughters and always felt a special bond with my grandmother. I have wonderful memories of family holiday dinners and in a way it felt as if I was channeling her with all of the baking I did this week and then by putting together her recipes for the kids. There is definitely an art of baking and cooking. On facebook today one of my cousins posted this comment after seeing some of these photos - "When grandma would make me scrambled eggs she would say 'a little paprika just for color'". My grandmother was an incredible artist in the kitchen, this post is in honor of her memory.

Grandma and me around 1965.

Monday, November 12, 2012

How Important are We?

24 x 24 encaustic on cradled panel

Primordial thoughts - thousands of years ago, how challenging was daily survival? 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Process and Growth

Less is more... that is my current mantra. Right now I have time to explore and develop encaustic technique and although painting representational landscapes has been my "happy place" with art for many years, I am shifting focus. My goal is to use minimal, essential lines and marks that make an impression and tell a story. This goal started nagging at me when I viewed Robert Motherwell's exhibit at the Cape Cod Art Institute this summer. Then I was sidetracked and fell into developing new techniques I learned this summer (building up layers of colored wax, then scraping and shaping down layers) which led to the Outback Series.

"Cave Dwellers" was created by layering and fusing wax with the addition of pigments and oil pastel.

"Cave Dwellers"


Primitive art continues to be a strong influence on me but mostly I just want to follow my heart and make essential marks that convey a story.

I have been following a private facebook group of encaustic artists. I rarely post in the group but have learned an incredible amount of information from everyone. I don't agree with some of what people are sharing but I have been exposed to such a diverse group of artists, it's almost like taking a class!

Below, 2 recent encaustic demo paintings, done at the same time with the same color palette using different techniques, neither of these pieces follows my "less is more" mantra, but I am working toward breaking a habit and it will take time.