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.

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“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.]

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New Work: “Rondo Weave: Great Burnet”

“Great Burnet” added today to the “Rondo Weave” series. 18″ x 18,” encaustic with oil bar and metal leaf on canvas wrapped braced board.

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Rondo Weave: Great Burnet

Detail from upper left corner.

Show Acceptance: “Meditation: Sunset”

“Meditation: Sunset” was accepted in the Working in Wax exhibit.  Juror Eileen P. Goldenberg. Bedford Gallery, http://www.bedfordgallery.org/.  May 6 – June 21, 2009.

“Encaustic paint has luminous translucency, a succulent surface, and warms to the touch, like human skin. It offers a wide range of applications, such as using the pure encaustic with no color, adding pigments for rich color, creating texture, casting in molds, collaging with photographs, and making sculptures by combining it with wood, steel, and other materials. I believe this is why we love the wax; it gives us endless possibilities for expression.

Selecting well conceived, beautifully executed, and visually satisfying art works was my vision for this show. I was looking for artists who give us a glimpse into their emotions and lives. Though the focus of this show is the material, what is vital to art is the expression of the artists, and it is their visual language that shines through.

Eileen P. Goldenberg, juror”

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18″ x 18″ Encaustic with Oil Bar and Metal Leaf .
Canvas on Braced Board. 2009

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Detail from bottom left corner.

May 6: Exhibition Opening Reception, 5:00—7:00 p.m.
June 18: Culture + Cocktails Reception, 6:00—8:00 p.m.
June 21: Exhibition closes

Bedford Gallery
1601 Civic Dr.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
925/295-1423
http://www.bedfordgallery.org/

If you are close, take a look at the exhibit and snap a picture for me!

Online: Encaustic Paintings eBook made with MyeBook

I made my first ebook online with MyeBook. Select the number of pages you want, upload your content. Choose from pre-made bookcovers, page backgrounds, and images. Crete a multi-media experience by adding Flash, audio and video clips.

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Take a look and experience the smooth page turns of this online ebook: Encaustic Paintings 2009. Selections from the “Meditation” and “Rhondo Weave” series.  Zoom in to see each page, click-and-drag to turn the page, or advance pages using the arrow bar in the lower left corner. Leave me a comment here (click on the “comments” link at the end of this post) , or a message at the ebook site.

Collect your images, text and design ideas and make an ebook of your work.

*Update: On 1-6-10, I received a status notification saying my ebook has been viewed 95,000 times. Not bad!

Studio Time: Tools & Materials

My paintings are created with studio made beeswax medium, R&F encaustic paints and oil bars, and various brushes and tools.

Tools, Paint, Oil Bar

Working with this tactile medium is challenging, rewarding, and creatively open ended. The surfaces are rich, luminous and inviting. The results are often times surprising and always intriguing.

Encaustic Paintings

The details of the surface are often as wonderful as the finished piece viewed from a distance. (Photos taken in the evening light of  the studio.)

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[Studio music today: Lilly Allen – “The Fear, “ and other pieces on YouTube.]