The curve in the Clinch river in Sneedville, TN. I haven’t painted outdoors all year. I feel this one came out successfully. #Loose. #goodvalues #pastels #pleinair #pleinairpainter
Experimenting with pastels on black gesso on paper. 24”x 36” It was fast and fun!! Looser than I’m used to. This was from a picture of tulips I took. My favorite flower. #tulips #pastels #black #largepainting #paintbigorgohome #virginiaartist #roanokeartist
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).
#encausticartist #doingthework #successhabits #discipline #ineeddeadlines #optimistcreed #promiseyourself
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, 4″ x 8″ unframed, encaustic medium (Beeswax and damar resin)
Did you know that slicing a tomato is an event? It must be done where the tomato is sliced ever so thin, but still has some substance. This is useful for a half of a bagel (I like the everything bagel in this instance) smeared with cream cheese, slices of nova lox (not just any lox), a tomato cut to perfection top with thin slices of red onions and capers. Sprinkled with a little kosher salt and less than a pinch of pepper. A work of art.
I’ve really enjoyed these 31 days. Having a challenge. A deadline. Discipline. It’s helped me to sleep better at night, feeling accomplished and satisfied.
#HTP31in31 #slice #doingthework #successhabits #discipline #ineeddeadlines
We went to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico one cold January day. Sandhill cranes everywhere. Snow geese flocks so loud and crowded. The light was beautiful. My favorite story there was while my two brothers and I were observing that loud flock of geese. One of the brothers takes out an air horn expecting to scatter the large flock and it was a whisper in comparison to those geese. They were not phased. I think we were all wanting the flock to rise and fly away in fright. What a sight that would have been. All three of us had the best spontaneous laugh.
#HTP31in31 #doingthework #successhabits #discipline #ineeddeadlines
Double portions. I either heard it or I made it up, but I like to say, “Momma always said don’t eat anything bigger than your head.” I was caught over exaggerating my eating on Skype while Husband and I were chatting in the two years we were living apart. One year we watched the Super Bowl together. I would turn down the sound of the game and he would turn down the sound of the ads. Win/win. #HTP31in31 #double #doingthework #successhabits #discipline #ineeddeadlines
Thunder on the horizon over the Manzano Mountains. Traveling north on Tramway, Albuquerque, NM. #HTP31in31 #thunder #doingthework #successhabits #discipline #ineeddeadlines