Monday, February 25, 2013

Moving forward

Last week I received word that my painting "Drought" was accepted into the 36th Harper College  National Exhibition featuring small works. 23 pieces were accepted out of 893 submissions. I was thrilled to be included and this show will be the first of what I hope to be many more successful exhibition opportunities in the Midwest. I may even be able to attend the reception in April although I won't be living in Chicago full time until June. It's a good sign.

12" x 12" encaustic on panel

For several months I have been unhappy with a large painting that has been begging me to re-work it. After hearing about the show acceptance and reviewing the direction my work has taken, I decided to make changes by exposing the colored layers of wax below the surface. I also added color inlays and now feel this newer version shares greater depth, texture, and interest.

"Rise", old version

"Rise", final version
24" x 24" encaustic on panel

Last week ended with additional small works inspired by my Tuscan stay-cation, details can be seen in my Etsy shop


  1. I am so glad to hear this good news, drought is an intriguing piece, the eye follows line by line reaching the two main focal points. The tuscan landscapes are lovely too, all the very best for more such opportunities Robin!

  2. Your work is always lovely, Robin. I am so hopeful that I can take a class from you once you are out here permanently.

  3. "Drought" is an outstanding piece that deserves to be in a juried show. Congratulations!

    I'm not sure if it's the colors or the shapes - or maybe it's both - but "Rise" looks like it could be from a cave in Lascaux. I like your tweaks.


  4. "Drawing" into the wax has been intriguing to me as well, padmaja. I plan on continuing this technique in future works.

    It will take me some time before I am ready to offer classes in Chicago, Sherry, but I will be able to share details here once I have them.

    Don, the Lascaux caves have been a more recent inspiration along with U.S. and Australian cave sites. I am so glad you made the association with the painting changes, you hit the nail on the head!

  5. I think acceptance of "Drought" portends success! And I love the re-working of "Rise." (I also loved "Cobblestone" and "Cortona" in the previous entry.

    Your blog always has good news.

    1. I had to look up the definition of portend to make sure I knew what you meant. I try not to mention the "bad" but trust me, I have some of that too.