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!
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.
Here are different angles of another sculptural piece in process. I was particularly drawn to the lines and angles of this figure as it formed and wanted to capture a silhouette more or less. The process of shaping clay is very soothing for me. I imagine it must be a little bit like whittling wood. One could become mesmerized with the feel of the form if that makes sense. Because clay is made of earth, it somehow grounds me and I breathe easier when my hands are dirty:)
Enjoy your day-
P.S. Some of you have asked about the other sculpture I was working on….it broke in the greenware stage, but I’m repairing it and will bisque fire it with this one early next week. I’ll keep you posted.