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
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.
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.
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Thunder on the horizon over the Manzano Mountains. Traveling north on Tramway, Albuquerque, NM. #HTP31in31 #thunder #doingthework #successhabits #discipline #ineeddeadlines
This stretch of road….
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Today is prickly. Did you know that the seeds from cacti sting too?
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Having a little fun!
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Today’s word…chop. I love Thanksgiving, but it as I got older it was my job to chop up all the vegetables. I hated it. It was so tedious.
Today I enjoy chopping vegetables. It’s meditative and I am putting love into the meal. Here’s some fruit I cut up.
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