Sun Series #1

Sun Series #1

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


First Poppy of the Spring!

Poppy artwork circa 2009

I couldn't resist putting these 2 images together for a quick post.
The poppy bed is one of the prettiest spots in our yard during the spring.
We even like to leave the stalks with the seed pods standing for a long time after the petals have fallen off.
They look so architectural in the garden and drop their seeds for more poppies the next year.
That is why the stalk and seed pod is so prominent in the artwork.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Accidental Creativity

Paper Before
Deconstructed Silk Screening  6x6"

Paper After
Deconstructed Silk Screening  6x6"

As in the fabric silk screen piece the encaustic medium dulled down the  richness of the color and the mark making.
Maybe if you don't see the "before", the "after" can stand on its own.

I do like (make that 'love') the fact that the deconstructed process creates designs that I could not think up.  Or if I did manage to think of such beautiful designs, I wouldn't be able to implement the intricacies of them.  The colors also change as the screen is used over and over, releasing the dye in new and unexpected ways.
This is the beauty of accidental creativity.

Now on to experiments with collaging, adding paint or other media that will enhance the marks that the silk screening creates.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Deconstructed Silk Screen Before and After



I wanted to test my new deconstructed silk screen fabrics using encaustic paint.  So I cut a 5x7" piece, mounted it on a wooden board and worked with it as I usually do with encaustic paint and wax.

The marks one gets from the deconstructed silk screen process are already so beautiful
 it is hard to hide any of them.
But I did.
I added some more color to bring out the "X".  There is some collaged transparent papers here and some writing with ink after the wax cooled down.

As you can see if you compare the before and after pieces, the use of the wax does dull
or tone down the color of the dyes.
The X doesn't have any additional color on it, just the layer of medium that I used over the whole piece.
As I write this I think I will try another sample where I use the encaustics in some places and not in others.

I also tested one of the paper pieces, so stay tuned for that result.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Asparagus and Radishes

Asparagus and Radishes

This is what is keeping me from my studio!
The gardening has started.
  Getting into the studio will be secondary for awhile until I get everything going in the flower and vegetable gardens.

But Yum! for the asparagus and those little radish bits in a salad.  When thinning out I can't just throw out those
pieces that keep us from getting BIG radishes so they will go into a salad.
And asparagus recipes are on the top of the list for a few weeks.

Artwork...painting, encaustic, etc. to follow.....