The smell of warm wax in the morning

The last few months I have been focusing on my TechShop residency and exhibit. I love book arts and that’s all I have been creating, eating, drinking, sleeping, and doing lately. I have really enjoyed my residency and learning new technologies (lasers yay!). Along the way I have heard whispers from my encaustic paint calling me back, but I have always been to busy to play. This past week or two the whispers turned into shouts. So I listened and started working on a new encaustic piece. It feels good to smell the molten wax and feel the texture of the painting under my fingers.

I’ve missed being in the studio too; most of my creating time the last few months has been in the TechShop. It feels like home and I am happy to be making some new encaustic work. I am still honoring my books as well. Each encaustic piece has lots of book pages embedded between the layers of wax. You might not always be able to see them, but they are there. I plan on continuing to work on and add more pieces to my “In the End” series. There are some new and unfinished thoughts to explore with this series. Working on it has been very cathartic and I need that more than anything right now.

hanging leavesCurrent work in progress 24×36 mixed media encaustic