New Work: 100 Thoughts

sauce_chalksWhat started out as a journal exercise of a few hours turned into a 3 week project exploring color and texture, and  thinking about reflections from surfaces and thoughts. View the series for  “100 Thoughts” on Flickr.

encaustics_paper_set2The reflections off water, glass, marble, and other transparent, translucent or glossy surfaces have always intrigued me. The image that is reflected is often distorted, ambiguous, hazy, blurry, and edited by the shape of the surface. Sometimes, much like our thoughts. Situations and encounters can occasionally leave our thoughts bouncing around like light off a surface: uncertain, out of focus, out of context, or clear but truncated.


“100 Thoughts” is a  set of small images that correspond to thoughts that were generated by the act of mark making with encaustic paint on paper. Although some of the images began with an idea, most were “named” after the image was completed. When the actions of the mark making were done, the thought regarding the image crystallized. Titles were kept short to correspond with the small image size, and a specific idea.

All pieces in the set are encaustic with oil bar on Fabriano Artistico paper. The paper is 5 1/2 ” x 6″  (14 cm x 15 cm), images are about 4″ x 4″ (10 cm x 10 cm). Edges were taped, creating a restricted painting/reflection area. Not unlike a print edition, the edges and backs of the paper were kept as clean as possible. Images that were inconsistent with the established theme were removed from the set. Out of an original 116, only 100 were selected for the completed set. The others were added to the original journal entry.

100_thoughts_allSome titles from the  “100 Thoughts” series:

Answer II
Berries I
Blaze II
Blueberry Kiss II
Creamsicle Sky I
Fever I
Frosting II
Fury I
Glow I
Inner Glow II
Jam I
Jumble Ice I
Last Remark I
Mindful II
Night Mood II
Odd Moment II
Promise I
Rhubarb Vortex I
Startle I
Stormy Light II
Sweetness I
Thinking I
Transpired I
Undecided II
Whispers I

[ No music in the studio today. Only the snoring of 2 cats and a dog, and the soft sounds of heat on metal – the encaustic paints being warmed on the metal palette.]

6 thoughts on “New Work: 100 Thoughts

    • Thea,

      I find it challenging not to bare too much. There are always questions to struggle with. How much is really necessary to share with the viewer. How much should the viewer provide of their own experience, and will they, in order to interpret or interact with the imagery? Will my title inspire or constrain the experience? Always something to think about. Sometimes “untitled” makes good sense, so as not to sway the experience. In the end, I still title, since that is part of the visual story.
      Thank you for your comment Thea,

  1. These are wonderful! I really enjoy how you took something so spontaneous and gave it the formal aspect of 100 images. Will have to share these.


    • Thank you Jaime,

      My will to finish flagged around 50, but I really made a nice aesthetic breakthrough after 72. Glad I stuck out the process!

  2. Comment from email:
    “Just took a look at your work. I wanted to understand each name for each work…The colors were mood setting, would love to see them in person.”
    Donn J.

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