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)
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.
#doingthework #successhabits #discipline #ineeddeadlines #encausticwax #imagetransfer
I love bugs! There are more of them than there are of us. They are an individual collective. Spiders are wonderful as long as they are not living in my house.
I did wrestle with a Wolf spider once. I don’t like killing them but this one was preventing me from doing laundry. Lord knows I wanted to do that task. When I hit it with one of my son’s giant shoes and nailed it, all the babies that I did not see rushed off. Yeah. I prefer to use natural products in most all cases, but the bug spray came out for that event.
I have wondered how many spiders I have swallowed in my sleep, mouth agape. Let’s not go there.
I have spiders all over the porch where I paint. In some circles spiders are considered signs of creativity. I’ll take that.
An early morning rainbow
Smile for your closeup
This morning taking a bath
These are the rest of the mushrooms we saw on our hike at New London Tech Trails in Bedford County. I can’t wait until we go back again to see what we can see.
The tiniest mushrooms we saw.
Some were growing on trees.
I love that mushrooms push their way through whatever.
This mushroom was at least 16″ tall. See how the shadow of the leaves fits on the cap? I wish we would’ve thought to put a human next to it when taking its picture. This was on the hiking trail at New London Tech Trails.
I like the way the shadows of the leaves hit the top. It should give you an idea of how tall this was.
This mushroom was at least 16″ tall. What a treat to see.
Isn’t this a handsome one? It’s so wonderful to walk through the woods and see these beauts peeking through the leaves. Once again our hike gave us a gift. New London Tech trails. Okay, because I do love to research, this is a Butyriboletus frostii
Butyriboletus frostii or a red capped mushroom.
More mushrooms from our hike on Bedford County’s New London Tech Trails. I thought about looking them up and naming them, but for now I just want to enjoy their color and beauty.
I cropped this because the colors and texture are so beautiful
Wider shot of this orange capped mushroom.
Somebody took a bite.
Hmmm. I wonder what this mushroom will be when it grows up.
It’s a bountiful time of year when the farmers bring their harvest to our community market and the farmer’s market in Forest. The fruits and vegetables are so beautifully arranged and always beg for a portrait. I love how they all line up for their close ups.
This man had a beard at one point, but he lost it during the course of the day. I’ve been to a few art museums where the eyes are always following you in portraits. He’s watching me. Wink Wink #Iseefaces #facesinthings #faceseverywhere
Painting upside down
My mind couldn’t put the perspective right, so I painted upside down
Final version of The Draw in Acrylic
Encaustic Gesso applied
First Attempt with rocks uniform
Final Version with rocks corrected.
This is a short story on how this painting got its’ name. It began in 1981. When photos were taken with film cameras.
While some people might think that New Mexico looks like a great big brown baked potato, I think otherwise. Colors in the rocks, the sunsets, and landscape. Magnificent.
The painting started out as “The Draw” based on Blackwater Draw in New Mexcio. It landed on the canvas in 2011 with a monochrome under painting of burnt umber. I started it upside down because the perspective was challenging me. This way my brain would only see shapes. Other colors were going to be added, but we moved. And moved again. I kind of liked it with the one color.
2015 – This painting wanted attention. Encaustic wax called to me. I brushed the wax over the top very lightly and only heated it enough to adhere the layers. The sand is silica from those little packets that come in pills. In writing on the very last layer is “New Mexico is a great big brown baked potato” in oil pastels. This piece flowed out of me and I enjoyed the process.