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Woodmere Art Museum – 71st Annual Juried Exhibition

I have two pieces in the Woodmere Art Museum’s 71st Annual Juried Exhibition.

The exhibition will feature works in a wide variety of media from artists living within 50 miles of the Museum. Works were selected to create a cohesive presentation that explores contemporary themes and ideas within the arts of Philadelphia.

The exhibition was juried by artist Alex Kanevsky. Mr. Kanevsky has chosen one work of art, or in some cases two works of art, from a total of 46 artists. Over 450 artists applied to be included in this exhibition.

The exhibition will be on view July 28 through September 30, 2012.

The Open House Reception will be held on July 28, 2012 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Hidden & Revealed

I’ve started a new series of work called Hidden & Revealed. It emerged out of some of the last paintings I made for my show in April in conjunction with the shadow work I’m doing that Debbie Ford teaches. So far I’m really happy with it, however, I seem to have so many ideas popping into my head at the same time I don’t quite know what to do and often end up sitting there staring at blank panels doing nothing.

Hidden & Revealed, encaustic & mixed media on panel, 15.5 x 23.75"

Hidden & Revealed, encaustic & mixed media on panel, 15.5 x 23.75″

I think part of the reluctance to dive in is that I’m working much bigger now and I have this problem being stingy and not wanting to waste expensive materials. Previously, if I made something that I thought sucked, it was not much of a loss.

I just finished reading Debbie Ford’s The Dark Side of the Light Chasers so I know I have to do some work on my stingy, cheap, afraid to not have any money shadow self.

If you have never heard of Debbie Ford and have no idea what this shadow is that I refer to, here’s a little blurb I pulled off Amazon summarizing the concept: We know the shadow by many names: alter ego, lower self, the dark twin, repressed self, id. Carl Jung once said that the shadow “is the person you would rather not be.” But even if you choose to hide your dark side, it will still cast a shadow, according to author Debbie Ford. Rather than reject the seemingly undesirable parts of ourselves, Ford offers advice on how to confront our shadows. Only by owning every aspect of yourself can you achieve harmony and “let your own light shine,” she explains. “The purpose of doing shadow work, is to become whole. To end our suffering. To stop hiding ourselves from ourselves. Once we do this we can stop hiding ourselves from the rest of the world.”

Hidden & Revealed III, encaustic & mixed media on panel, 24 x 24"

Hidden & Revealed III, encaustic & mixed media on panel, 24 x 24″

So I’m heading down to my studio now and it is my intention to actually use some paint today. Fingers crossed!

Don't Stop Me Now by Queen on Grooveshark

Dismantling the Show

This weekend we took the show down and brought it all home. It marks the end of my first year of learning encaustic and now I am on to phase II. I’m going to work on figuring out how to make larger paintings and getting my artistic mission solidified. I think if I have an intention that is a little more focused it will help me a lot. This first year I was just trying to learn how to paint with encaustic, learn the technique. My mission artistically was basically “try not to make it ugly and horrible.” I think it’s time to move on from that idea now.


Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros on Grooveshark

Below the Surface : Recent Encaustics

My current exhibition at the Pagus Gallery in Norristown PA, Below the Surface, represents my exploration of and transition to the medium of encaustic throughout this past year.

Works on View: April 1st through April 30th 2012

Opening Reception Sunday April 15th 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Pagus Gallery
619 W. Washington Street
Norristown, PA 19401

Three, encaustic and oil on panel, 8 x 10.5"

Three, encaustic and oil on panel, 8 x 10.5"

Falar do Tempo by Bebo Best And The Super Lounge Orchestra on Grooveshark

Local Wax

I recently decided to start making my own encaustic medium. After almost a year of paying a fortune for the ready-made stuff, I thought I’d save some money and make it myself. It was definitely a good decision but then I started thinking that I could perhaps save even more money if I bought the wax from a local bee keeper. I knew it wouldn’t be the refined white wax but I’d been wanting to try the natural yellow version anyway so I contacted Walt’s Swarmbustin’ Honey to see if I could come over and get about 10 lbs of wax directly from him. The answer was yes and it was going to cost $5/lb versus the $10-15/lb for plain wax that I was currently paying online (not counting the shipping costs). The added bonus was that I could pick it up the next day and not have to wait forever for a shipment to arrive.

It was a lovely drive into the farm country of Chester County. All the trees were in bloom and the hills were a glowing green.

Chester County Scenery

Spotted this magical landscape on the way to the farm.

We turned onto a long driveway/road and knew we were in the right place when we started seeing these colorful beehives along the way.

Walt's Swarmbustin' Hives

Walt’s Swarmbustin’ Hives

I met Walt at his house and got my box of treasures. 10 lbs of wax, raw honey and some bee pollen. The wax smells absolutely divine.

10 lbs. of wax, some honey and bee pollen.

10 lbs. of wax, raw honey and bee pollen.


Walt (on the left)

I began making a new batch of encaustic medium as soon as I got home. It turned out very well and I have been using it for a couple weeks now. My paintings never smelled so delicious.

Finished encaustic medium.

Finished encaustic medium.

Golden by My Morning Jacket on Grooveshark

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