Category: painting

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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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!

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