I am now offering new Mini Art Workshops for busy people. Shorter format workshops are meant to get your feet wet and give you a taste of the subject matter.Read More
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I am excited to offer a new encaustic workshop next month. I often have people ask me how I create my encaustic image transfers. Well, in this workshop I will reveal the secret!Read More
I have always been fascinated with ancient Egypt. When I was a child I wanted to be an Egyptologist. That was until a teacher told me that everything had already been discovered so I couldn’t be one. Looking back I realize what a terrible (and totally untrue) thing that was to tell a child. Despite her discouragement I held onto my curiosity and fascination. The city I live in has one of the best Egyptian museums in the country with beautiful grounds including a walking labyrinth, alchemy and peace gardens and much more. It also houses one of the largest collections of artifacts in the Western US.
I think my love of all things Egyptian is in DNA. My Grandmother was a member of the Rosicrucian order. I have an old box of her study materials from the 50’s & 60’s. My Mother would bring us the museum often when we were growing up. She always told us it was her sanctuary. I feel the same way about the space as well. There is something very peaceful and calming about it.
They currently have a special alchemy exhibit. It is a really fascinating subject that I am enjoying learning about. Both physical and spiritual alchemy are fascinating to me. Recently I have been exploring some the aspects and symbolism of alchemy and Egyptian mythology in my artwork.
I just finished the piece below. It’s a 24x36 mixed media encaustic piece that includes 18k gold. It is titled “Blessings for the Living “and is inspired by Ra, the Egyptian Sun God.
Blessings for the Living
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.
Several years ago before my Grandparents passed away I would often drive a couple of hours to their house and spend the weekend with them. We were very close and I loved spending time with them. Most evenings my Grandfather (who we called Pops) would fall asleep in his chair then end up going to bed early. My Grandmother (who we called Brownie) and I would stay up late talking, playing Wii bowling and drinking diet cocktails (don’t ask, they are terrible).
Sunday morning I would wake up, usually before 8am and make my way out to the kitchen. Pops was usually sitting at the table reading the newspaper or at the kitchen sink filling up his hummingbird feeders. He would always make some smart ass remark like, nice of you to join us or good afternoon. I would pour a cup of weak Folders’ coffee and sit at the kitchen table looking out into the beautiful, lush backyard.
Pop’s always had a green thumb and a beautiful garden; huge hydrangea the size of your head, fragrant gardenia, mini lemon tress and more. Both of my Grandparents loved hummingbirds, they had quite a few feeders hung up around the house. They tried to put them outside of every window so you could always look out a window and see a hummingbird.
This piece was inspired by my visits with them. My Sunday mornings with them were always a happy and peaceful experience that I will never forget.