I have an accountability partner. Shari Sherman. We’ve been checking in with each other for the last six years. This week I committed to making an encaustic piece a day. Today I worked on a small piece today. I love those lone trees in the middle of a vast field. I call them witness trees. Who knows what they have seen as they’ve grown over the years. Imagine a 200 year old lifespan.
A lone tree guy was here cutting down the rest of the poplar leftover from the crew. This guy cut down this giant tree by himself. A matter of physics, spatial relations and just plain genius. Lots of chain sawing.
I have a plan for this witness tree piece. More to come…
I think this is a much stronger piece today. It was too sterile with the font so organized (yet not with the kerning issue…it’s a graphic designer thing).
I’m using a heat gun. The trick is to kiss the heat to the wax. If you look at your piece at an angle where the light is on the piece you’re fusing, you can see the wax become wet and then you are done. No need to keep heating after that. I was using a heat gun. I have used a small brûlée torch and it was great. One time I didn’t realize it was off because it was so quiet and burned the side of my hand. Uh…Ouch! I would like to use a bigger torch eventually, but I would need to learn how to use it confidently. I’ll probably go get a refill for my little torch so I can do some shellac burns (eyes widen with excitement).
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Encaustic, Mixed media, 5 x 7, unframed. Promise Yourself. A line from the Optimist’s Creed. By Lillian Brue
From the Optimist Creed:
“Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.”
Including leaving out the word ‘that.’ Or the kerning is not tight enough. I’m posting my art habit, good or bad. This will be different tomorrow. #encausticartist #doingthework #successhabits #discipline #ineeddeadlines
Connection stayed in my mind the entire time I worked on this piece. Not just because of these trees, but because of crows. I learned from a dear soul friend that when crows gather on your house after someone has passed, it is a sign of your ancestors. Every time we head south the trees at the LYH airport stand tall and pose for me. I anticipate them and I hope for a good shot while we’re moving. I imagine their root systems touching each other like their branches do. Very magical.
I’m connecting with my encaustic medium again and it’s speaking to me.
This is a photo transfer. I got it right this time. Many many layers in this. #encaustic #connection #artist #Photography #Phototransfer #Ineeddeadlines #successhabits #discipline #makingarteveryday #Inthegroove #crows #ancestors
Trees at the LYH Airport by Lillian Brue, 4″ x 8″
Trees at the LYH Airport, 4″ x 8″ unframed, encaustic medium (Beeswax and damar resin)
No time for making an art piece today. Today was First Friday and I was hosting Kenneth Weinfurtner at the Renaissance Theatre‘s gallery. I was prepping for lunch and dinner for tonight. Cooking is creative.
A tree company came today and took a tree down and trimmed some up. We have giant poplars in the back that were struck by lightning. They were bulging and when the wind blew it seemed as if one of them would fall on the house. Chain saws and large limbs dropping to the ground were not conducive to painting.
The aromas coming out of my kitchen was my art show today while those guys were working. I took my husband back to work after lunch and those guys wanted to know what I was cooking. Baked chicken, stuffed peppers and banana bread.
Encaustic medium allows me to create interesting work with texture and layers that I love. I want to keep my creative habit going. I haven’t worked with encaustic in six months. I see it waiting for me everyday. Today is the day.
This is a small experiment with a photo in black and white, printed on my laser printer. I rubbed the photo onto the wax, wet it and pulled the paper off. This is a hot mess (encaustic joke).
- I learned that you have to rub very hard for the image to transfer.
- When printing, you have to flip the image.
- High contrast is best.
- It doesn’t matter what you put under the image in terms of color.
- When you put wax over the top, you have to use a BIG brush or you will get globs.
- You will need several transparent layers of wax or in reheating the newly applied wax, the printed transfer will FLOAT! Argh.
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