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Approaching Winter

Approaching Winter

Mixed media encaustic on board.


Pass it On

Hi blogger friends,

I am passing along a fantastic deal I’m promoting through Groupon for a new expressive arts couples workshop I’m hosting through my therapy business.  To visit Groupon  click here:   Expressive Arts Couples Workshop      Here’s a little more info about my relationship with Expressive Arts.

Liftaway Oil, encaustic, ink, and paper mixed media  24" x 28"
Oil, encaustic, ink, and paper mixed media
24″ x 28″
I was first introduced to expressive arts through a personal journey of transformation following a significant and life altering accident.  As I healed from serious physical injuries and emotional trauma related to my accident, art making was the healing agent in my life.  From this experience I have sought training in expressive arts therapy as both a therapeutic tool for my clients and as a way to work with individuals and couples for personal growth, transformation, and relationship enhancement.  Expressive arts utilizes the power of creativity to open up the body, mind, and spirit. It refers to the intentional use of creative modalities such as guided writing, poetry, movement, visual art making such as painting and collage, as well as drama to generate growth on a personal level and in relation to others.  When we use creative expression with this type of intention we access our inner wisdom and true nature. This connection to one’s self facilitates growth emotionally, spiritually, physically, and relationally.  Every person has within them the ability to create. Unfortunately,most of us have lost our ability to tap this potential.  In a world dominated by left brain processing, creative caapcity is left behind or censored with judgements of what is good.  Expressive art is a process oriented practice that eliminates the need for perfection.  You need not have any artistic skill to benefit from expressive arts.

Expressive Arts is beneficial on many
1) It honors the life of each person individually and as part of a whole.
2) It encourages freedom of expression personally and in relationships to others
3) It provides a non-verbal, right brain form of communication that enhances words
4) It unlocks emotions and deepens a persons sense of understanding by access to wisdom in the body, mind, and emotions.
5) It helps open a sense of connection to others by building a sense of safety, fun, and freedom to be one’s true self.
6) It helps focus attention
7) It reduces stress
8) It strengthens the autoimmune system
9) Creates a sense of well being and peace

I hope you’ll pass on this on:)


Painting as Rest and Relaxation

Thanks so much to all of you have rooted me on Friday evening for my Artist’s Reception at Mead’s Corner.  Although I was nervous, the group that attended were a welcoming audience with many thoughtful questions that helped me to articulate my philosophy, development, and vision as an artist.  My handy basket of props (materials I use to work in encaustic mixed media) was also very helpful for me).  Little tricks of the trade, suggested by my dear husband, Nathan! Thank you!  Really the night was very fun and the artwork well received and so good to see family and friends and to meet new people:)

I was able yesterday to get some paints out and spent some time working on a series of paintings in red:

Working was very refreshing for me and gives me such a sense of peace.  I’m very grateful for paint!

Considering Forms and Process

Today I’ve been working on some  sculptural pieces started last last week, considering where to trim, how to shape them, where to ad texture.  The feeling behind the work is always something I  sit with while determining the mood of a piece and what I want to communicate emerges or forms as the figures themselves form.  My process is to look inside for a sense of what feels right and settles.  My own internal rhythms are the barometer for this.  It’s probably no wonder that sometimes I hack away at things when I get agitated:)  That didn’t happen today, although the heat would be reason enough!

Enjoy the day-

Holly Suzanne

Wet Clay Watercolor Surprise

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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

Holly Suzanne

Be sure to check out our work at Combinatory Art in Motion and Man of the Word

There’s a thud…

There’s a thud that hits my chest at times like these.  It’s heavy and still.  Lonely.  I’m not sure anyone who hasn’t experienced it before would know it’s chorus but for those of us who have, it is a familiar tune.  A breath does little to lift it.  Weighted down by the dread, I’m unable to move and free myself from its claws.  Tear(s) form.  Release.  I try to breathe.  I tell myself I’m not powerless, but the words fall flat my tongue thick- the sound rote. What will it take to shake it off,  return to a previous state of being, to rise up above the clatter of such a familiar refrain?  The question squeezes me and I linger there to find my breath,  my feet, my voice,  and remind myself  I’m powerless no more.


-Holly Suzanne 2012


Untitled Poppy Collage # 1, 9″ x 12″ Encaustic, Repurposed watercolor painting on rice paper, acrylic paint,  and sharpie on  Board.

Untitled Poppy Collage # 2, 9″ x 12″,  Encaustic, Repurposed Watercolor on Rice Paper, Sharpie, Acrylic, Poppy Pods & Stem on          Board.

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.