Category: painting

Hidden & Revealed III

Extraordinary Gifts: Remarkable Women of the Delaware Valley

My tribute painting to Shirley Scott is included in the book Extraordinary Gifts: Remarkable Women of the Delaware Valley which celebrates 20 remarkable women with Philadelphia connections.

I was honored to see that it is also featured on the title page.
Extraordinary Gifts Title Page

Before Abstract

I’ve been in a big creative slump lately. Painting an abstract is more difficult for me than my previous tight, figurative style yet I’m compelled to work with the encaustic and challenge myself to be different. It’s hard to resist going back to something that was so much easier.

Amicus Verus Est Rara Avis, oil on panel

Amicus Verus Est Rara Avis, oil on panel

Details 1-17-14

This painting still exists but it hangs in the basement stairwell so nobody ever sees it. I find this view pleasing.

Encaustic dots detail

Encaustic dots detail

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″

 

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