Sun Series #1

Sun Series #1

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Scapes...Before and After!

Scapes from my Garden

Pickled Scapes

Today I cut all of the scapes from my garlic plants.
You know...those curly tops on the garlic plants.
I love those curly scape tops and hate to cut them off because they look so cool on the plant.
But leaving them on robs the garlic bulb from getting larger.
And who doesn't want big beautiful garlic bulbs?
So I cut them off and then pickle them.

Here are my before and after shots of the scapes.
This is also one of the reasons I have gotten little work done in my studio....
Gardening is a full time job here.
But we are getting to what I like to call "garden maintenance" time...when everything is planted
and I just have to weed and maintain everything.
Maybe I will be in the studio next week!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A Little Self Promotion

A little shameless advertising about some exhibits that I am a part of this summer.

Summer 2016 is stacking up to be very busy on the art exhibit front.
Add to that some family visits, a destination wedding, a few teaching engagements
and gardening and you get one packed summer.
But I am not complaining!
It's all good!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Encaustic Work from Quilt Surface Design Symposium

Carmen Smith
Here is just a small sampling of the great work that the participants in my Encaustic on Fabric class did at the Quilt Surface Design Symposium last week.  I can't say enough about the energy and level of creativity that was in the 2 classes I taught.  What a great experience!!  Thanks to all of my students, and to Tracy, Diane (both of you!), and Marla!
Carmen Smith

Carole Douglas

Deon Lewis
Deon Lewis

Elyn Bernstein
Susan Haftel

Jane Marriott

Pat Isaman

Thursday, June 2, 2016

It's Been Awhile!!

"Moon 2"
Clare Murray Adams
Encaustic on Wood Panel
11 x 14"

So.........I have been away from my blog for awhile.
There was a wedding shower in Phoenix and a visit to my brother's family for a week in the middle of May.

Then home for a week to catch up with household chores, mowing, yard work and the garden.

Right now I am in Columbus teaching an encaustic class at CCAD (Columbus College of Art and Design) for
the QSDS (Quilt Surface Design Symposium). And finally I have a few minutes to share the work my wonderful students have been doing with encaustic and fabric.
Day 1 finds everyone terrified of using propane torches.
Day 2 finds them proficient at adhering fabric to their boards, applying the encaustic wax medium, and using those  dreaded torches.
Day 3 finds them creating works combining encaustic with their individual interests in collage, fabric, calligraphy, travel, cultural influences and much more.
Day 4 they hardly need me!!

I have found that these textile artists arrive at a workshop with very rich materials...
hand dyed fabrics, hand painted fabrics, eco dyed fabrics, printed fabrics and papers, and much more.
I am enjoying working with them and learning from them probably more than I am teaching them.
Here are some of their artworks.

Cathy Vigor and her encaustic artwork

Maryann  Gallaher and her work
Linda Elder and her work
Work by Elynn Bernstein
Work by Diane Herbort
Work by Nancy Karst

Work by Jane Marriott

                                   So much Fun!!   Watch for a few more images of their work!