Archive for December, 2010

Artwork in my bedroom

December 30, 2010

The silkscreen printing set is still in its box, so here’s something else I’d like to share with you:

The artwork which is hanging in my bedroom!
I love to collect fellow (encaustic) artists and have a number of small paintings hanging above my bed.

Brad Hillis, Eileen Goldenberg, Linda Womack, Mandy Rollings

The intriguing painting with the Grinch-like fingers is by Brad Hillis. I got it at a painting exchange of our FCA Chapter Christmas potluck in 2009 and am extremely pleased with it.

The little guy on the left, with the dots, is of course an original Eileen Goldenberg! I acquired it during the Encaustic Conference last June.

Next to it is a real Linda Womack. She came to teach here in the Okanagan and gave me this little gem. So proud to have it!

Underneath is a lovely small painting by Mandy Rollins. She made it during the workshop with Linda Womack and I fell in love with it right away. She displayed it in the recent encaustic exhibit “Brilliant Moments III” and I bought it before opening night!

Carol Munro, Phyllis Lasche

The painting in sections, at the top, is by my best friend Carol Munro.  I won it in the FCA painting exchange in 2008.
Below it is a little encaustic installation by Phyllis Lasche. It is hard to see, but she made a 3D work, incorporating a piece of shell and coloured beads. You can hang it in any which way, and can play with it too, rolling the beads around!
This one I also got in a painting exchange: at the IEA Retreat in 2009.

More paintings in the next post!

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I’m back

December 27, 2010

It’s December 27 and the last post here is from October 13. It was not even my own post, but an article my friend Hugh wrote about his artistic journey.

Why the long silence? Much has happened since and I did share some of it on my Facebook page and on the Ning site, but the blog has been neglected. Writing here feels more direct, personal and I was not ready for it.

Around the time of Hugh’s article I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had surgery and the prospects are good so far, but it shook my world to the core. I’ve never been really sick and now I am sitting in this oncology ward, with a bunch of questionnaires, which should not apply to me at all!! My energy level was zero for a while, but I did force myself to paint, starting some panels before the surgery, so there would be some half-finished work beckoning when I entered the studio again.

Those pieces turned out to be some of my favourites. Using transfer images of crows I photographed during a teaching trip to Vancouver I had them framed nicely and they are featured in my 2011 calendar of my artwork.

Listening - Series Connect

Thea Haubrich, Listening, 6x6, Series "Connect"

After a short trip over Christmas I’m ready to get back into the studio. I watched several art videos, not just encaustic, but about printing techniques and bought myself a screen printing set.

It’s going to be fun to experiment with something new and I promise to record the results here!