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Details 10-25-13

Sometimes a painting fails but a section of it was successful. I often try to salvage the good part and remake the rest of the painting, but that rarely works so I thought I’d start posting shots of the details that I hated to let go of.

Here’s #1:

Encaustic detail 1

Encaustic detail 1

Praying Mantis Babies

A big batch of praying mantis just hatched last night and took the deck by storm. There aren’t many things that give me the heebie jeebies but put a praying mantis anywhere near me and I start acting like an idiot.
These little babies aren’t so bad per se, but they still gave me a bit of an uncomfortable feeling. I guess I have a mantis phobia, I think it is more that I don’t like bugs that you can tell are thinking. I don’t like a bug that makes a gesture like it’s going to punch you in the eye. And, I definitely don’t like bugs that slowly turn their creepy little heads and watch as you move around. Nope, don’t like it one bit.

Here’s a big monster from last year. We called it Anubis.
Just looking at this photo gives me goosebumps and makes me wince. I assume it is a praying mantis, it looks a bit different than a regular one. Either way, bleh.

Praying Mantis

Heebie Jeebies by The Puppini Sisters on Grooveshark

The Meltery

Firing up the wax and getting ready to do a bit of painting today.

Encaustic paint on a hotplate

“The Meltery”

Micro Torch for Encaustics

After my show in April of 2012 the amount of work that my design business had increased significantly. This took up so much time I was unable to do much painting for the majority of 2012 and I’m hoping there will be more balance in 2013. Now I’m not saying I minded making enough money to pay my bills, of course that was great, but I really miss the feeling and creative outlet that I can only get from painting.

One thing I seemed to do a lot of was experiment with techniques and various tools. I was given the Bernzomatic Micro Torch kit which I have had a lot of fun with.

Here’s something I like doing with it. Melting hundreds of small spots, it takes forever on large pieces and can cause physical strain if you don’t give yourself breaks (I tend to forget breaks), but it is also somewhat meditative which I find to be the case with much of what I do with encaustic.

Convergence, encaustic and mixed media on panel, 24 x 24 x 1.5"

Convergence, encaustic and mixed media on panel, 24 x 24 x 1.5″

 

A Thought

“Who you were yesterday is gone forever. It’s who you are today that decides what shoes you’ll be walking in tomorrow. Choose wisely.”

— Catrina Hemker

A New Award

I’ve received the Yvonne M. Kelly Memorial Prize for Mixed Media at the Woodmere Art Museum’s Juried Exhibition.

Here’s the piece that got the award:

Unearthed, encaustic and oil on panel

Unearthed, encaustic and oil on panel

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