Mixed media encaustic on board.
Mixed media encaustic on board.
It’s not easy juggling hats. I enjoy all parts of my life but sometimes things just get messy! Not only is there a need to select which things take priority, but sometimes a deep clean up is called for. Generally speaking I have to do a major overhaul of my studio each time I put up a show, and Monday was set aside for this task. There were a number of things I’d hoped to accomplish besides actually cleaning, which trust em needed to be done, but I have been wanting to find a new storage system for my work and move my working area to a spot with better lighting. It took almost six hours but the result was satisfying.
The image you see above was completed as a finale to my day’s labor. It is a mixed media piece on plywood that rests on a large easel against one of my walls. I titled it “Juggling Hats” because it captures a momentary glimpse of all the subtle complexity involved in any creative effort. This isn’t a fine piece of art by any means, but it is an expression of my process, a mark so to speak of my existence in this world, and how I move in it. It felt good. When I was done, I rested:)
Sometimes in my work, after a painting rests awhile, it calls for something else and the result for me is a kind of visual poetry or collage. There is a cadence to the work. It feels otherworldly and seems to take on a life of it’s own. Some people call this flow; some call it inspiration. I’m not sure what I call it but it seems pregnant and full of possibility. I liked these paintings before; they felt fresh and alive. Now they seem mature and full, as if they’ve the capacity to hold and embrace the weight of living. Perhaps that’s what age does for some people. It’s certainly something to think about.
This is a work in progress. I’ve mixed two types of clay in the process of making this sculptural pieces and decided to take some photos at this phase. What I found was a wonderful surprise. The images reminded me of soft watercolor washes- a happy little treat at this stage!
There’s just something about wet clay that is satisfying in a way that cannot compare. I love working with it and watching things emerge from it’s initially unformed mass.
-Enjoy the day
Sometimes in my studio I force myself to work with the materials I have at hand. Usually the end of the month brings me naturally to this place as the budget for supplies often dries up mid-way through:) So…these paintings were done using what I could find, which included the last few feet of a roll of Waterford #140 lb cold press watercolor paper available through Jerry‘s Artarama online. It comes in a roll 5’wide and 10’ long, and handles almost anything you can throw on it. I’ve used it for mulit-media pieces that have included layer after layer of latex paint. Trust me…it’s good stuff! Anyway, I was thankful I remembered to check the roll. I also scraped the bottom of my artist inks and acrylic paints, which I water down and use kind of like watercolor. Now that it’s the beginning of the month I’ve a few more materials to work with, but I have to admit there is something to using what you have and creating from that instead of adding to it. I really do like simplicity. It’s like a breath of fresh air.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Untitled Poppy Collage # 3, 6″ x 9″, Encaustic, Repurposed Watercolor Painting on Rice Paper, Sharpie, Acrylic, on Board.
Untitled Poppy Collage # 4, 9″ x 12″, Encaustic, Repurposed Watercolor on Rice Paper, Acrylic, Sharpie, on Board.
In these works I started by cutting a failed watercolor painting on rice paper that I then collaged with an acrylic medium onto paper. When that was done I cut it into pieces and composed pieces on four separate panels. The panels had been painted previously as well and set aside. The collages were then assembled using encaustic medium, which is a wax medium applied with a certain technique. I added additional pieces of painted rice paper drawn on with a sharpie to add contrast to the composition.
If you are new to encaustic I suggest checking it out. I absolutely love encaustic. It can be mixed with pigment or used as a semi-transparent layer. I use bleached natural bees wax in these pieces to adhere layers of paper to my board, which was first painted. To see more of my encaustic work check out this link: http://hollysuzannefilbert.com/collections/42779.