Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

Hilton Head, SC beach on the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day 2009

I spent the past week on the other side of the country in Georgia and South Carolina celebrating Thanksgiving with my in-laws. Had a great time being with people I love and don't get to see very often, and eating great food.

Now I'm home trying restore the bit of equilibrium I'd managed to achieve just before we caught that plane to the east coast.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Encaustics in my studio: Day 2

Today's encaustic session went very well. I spent some time sketching and thinking about the process yesterday evening, and went into the studio with some idea of where I wanted to go. And these two 8"x8" panels are the result. I'm very happy with them. I feel like I'm learning how to make this medium my own. Can't wait to see what happens tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Encaustics: The Beginning

As I mentioned in my last post, I took some encaustics workshops from Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch this past weekend. Had a blast! Intended to take more pictures than this, but I was far too involved in playing with the wax. Trish is awesome, and the other attendees were too! Lots of great energy and laughter. And The Ranch! I want to go back there again and again. A big hug and thank you to everyone there!

These are the pieces I came home with. Learned lots of techniques, and I need A LOT of practice. It's an interesting feeling to be a beginner again.

And this is my setup in my home studio, which I got set up and played with today. Still lots to learn, but I didn't set fire to anything, nor did I pass out from fumes, so I'm doing pretty well so far. :)

At the workshop and today I've just been getting used to the medium, seeing what it feels like, what it will do, and making myself get out of my comfort zone by trying something totally new. Tomorrow I'll start planning a bit more, see what I can do with the medium toward expressing my vision.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

um, helloooooo

Just wanted to write a quick note to say hi. Still recovering from moving upheaval, and really, really sick of it. It's sent me into a free-fall funk. Feeling totally disconnected from most of life. Feeling totally disconnected from my online connections here (I miss you!). And though I've managed a couple of painting sessions, I'm also feeling disconnected from my art and all the activities that surround it. Bleh.

I need some dynamite to get me out of this.

Fortunately I think that dynamite is waiting for me just around the corner. I've signed up for a couple of encaustics workshops with Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch at The Ranch in Snohomish this coming Saturday. I cannot wait!