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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Making a Book

"Entrusted"     Oil/Cold Wax/Vintage Letter on Panel

This new piece was inspired by the haiku below:

 
 The rains of May
Here is a paper parcel
Entrusted to me long ago
--Sampu



I'm hard at work on my new book for North Light. This involves working on several things at once. I'm creating a bunch of new pieces and working on many at a time. It's exciting for me to see some new developments in my work as a result of experimentation and working in the studio more often. Since my website is not working well (it is about to be updated) I am showing these new pieces here.

"Senza Titulo"      [Untitled so far]  Oil/Cold Wax on Panel


In addition to making art, one of my recent tasks was to create what's called a Page Plan. This means that I layout where everything in the book will go, although the North Light Book designer will improve on this a great deal. Doing the Page Plan is useful for seeing what will go where, what order to put things in, how much art I'll need, the materials I'll need to take, and what I can fit into 143 pages. Needless to say, I've revised over and over, and more revisions will come later on.




"Route 66"      OilCold Wax on Panel


I'm also in the process of writing the "Stepouts." These are the captions for the step by step instructions for each chapter in the book. These instructions will be different from the last book. I will not attempt to show how to create a particular piece. Rather, I'll show lots of techniques and weird tools to get certain effects for the reader to play with and to use to create their own unique pieces.This fall I will go to Cincinnati to have pictures taken of my hand performing each step. Before I go, it will be manicure time!


"Below the Surface"     Oil/Cold Wax on Panel


"East Mersea, 1970"       Oil/Cold Wax on Panel




" My Mother's Clothes"
I'll tell you later what all is in the above piece--I want it to be a surprise:) Very soon, another step in the book making process will be sending questionnaires out to my twelve talented guest artists and collecting their images for the book. I'm having fun with this process, but am trying to remember to come up for air periodically!





Monday, June 16, 2014

A Busy Time and Exciting News


Patterns of Migration      Oil and Cold Wax on Canvas
    
I can't believe it's been a month since I was in Taos, NM to teach with Leighanna Light at her studio. Taos was wonderful, with perfect weather. We had a fantastic group of participants in both workshops, my encaustic class, and Leighanna's class where we started our unique canvas books. 

First, I'll tell you a bit about the above cold wax/oil painting, "Patterns of Migration." I painted this piece on an old acrylic painting. Usually I use a wood support as that is better in general for cold wax, so that it doesn't crack. This canvas was just sitting around and it is pretty big so I decided to go ahead but use fewer layers of oil and wax than I usually do.

I didn't have anything in mind before I started. Before I left for Taos I painted a couple of light layers of red oil and wax, using three different reds. I covered over the original painting and incised into the red layers and added a bit of other texture. When I came back the layers were dry and then I went to work with cobalt blue oil and cold wax. What appeared was, to me, an evocation of New Mexican color and light. While in Taos I read a moving and enlightening book on the Anasazi and their descendents in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Mexico. The feelings I had while reading and digesting the book came out in this piece. I love how that works!

The book is called House of Rain and I highly recommend it.

Here are some images from Leighanna's class: "Lily's Book."


Leighanna's completed book sample



We painted canvas with reinkers and let them dry in the sun






We covered our pages with Venetian plaster, heavy gel medium, and other mediums



A student leafs through her pages prior to sewing the book together



We visited the Earthships on our field trip day. This student incorporated the experience into her book



Another yummy page spread with a pocket




The first page spread in my book


I will be posting photos of some of the encaustic work from my class on my Wabi-Sabi blog. 

I am excited to announce that I have contracted with North Light Publishing (F and W Media) to write a second book! This book will be on painting and mixed media work with oil and cold wax with an emphasis on both techniques and on the intuitive creative process. 

I have twelve amazing oil and cold wax artists who will be featured in the book. I'll be posting further about the process of making a book...

Hope you are all having an enjoyable and creative summer!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Hunting and Gathering Report: Victorian Scrapbook



I stopped by Monticello Antique Mall with my daughter this afternoon. I couldn't resist this sweet Victorian era scrapbook.  Here's a closeup of the cover:








The ad on the left is for something called Pe-Ru-Na, guaranteed to cure the ills of life. I was pretty eager to get some of this so I googled it. It was a patent medicine for coughs and colds and contained 18% alcohol. Guess I don't want it after all.

Check out this site for more information on this cure for all ills.

These are all high resolution images, so feel free to download them to use in collage if you are so inclined




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Friday, April 25, 2014

Pictures from Art and Soul Retreat Portland



Finally, I'm catching up with blog posts. I have lots of wonderful images of student work from my classes at our recent Portland OR retreat. It's taken me a while to collect them from my camera, tablet, and phone. And--we instructors and organizers have been busy preparing for next year's retreat here in Portland!

I'll be telling you about our exciting lineup of classes for 2015 soon but first I want to share this work below.

The first section of photos is from an evening class called "A Strange Little Book." Students decorated pages to become part of an unsewn book. We used cold connections of wire and embellishments to fasten the books. I think this work is awesome, especially as the evening classes are less than three hours!

































I'd love to  have some images of these books all completed, hint, hint:)



The pictures below are from another evening class, "Waxing Literary with Charlotte." The students waxed vintage books with encaustic medium and paint. They added collage and embellishments, including a Frozen Charlotte doll in each one. I love how differently and beautifully they all turned out!














I'll soon be posting photos from my class, "Papers Wabi-Sabi" on my other blog. A hint about next year--I'll be teaching the class again with the addition of an evening class with Liz Kettle, who will be showing you how to sew a tote bag from your decorated papers! (If you've taken the class previously, bring those papers to Liz' evening class and sew them up!)


Friday, April 4, 2014

The Hunting and Gathering Report (with collage pages for you)


After my chiropractic appointment this morning, I took my newly aligned self for a little walk around Portland's Brooklyn neighborhood. I chanced into Brooklyn Antique Mall, full of reasonably priced goodies of all kinds. 

Today's Haul: An old Arabic/English dictionary, a 1918 Spanish textbook, a reversible Japanese purse, and a plastic thingy that should be great for cold wax texturing.

Side View of Dictionary


Front of Dictionary



Japanese Purse: About 5 x 6"


Reverse Side of Purse


There are some loose pages in the dictionary that I'll use for collage. I've scanned some of the pages as well as some from the old Spanish textbook. The textbook is ideal for an altered book.

Love the circular library stamp!




Below are some high resolution images from today's finds for your collage enjoyment!













Thursday, March 27, 2014

Art and Soul Retreat Portland is almost here!



On the Brink
Vintage book, encaustic paint, teabags, vintage embellishments, chicken wire, plant material
I'll be teaching this class,"Waxing Literary with Charlotte" at Art & Soul

I'm so excited for Art and Soul which starts April 7 in Portland. I'll be teaching two day and two evening classes. I still have spots open, so check out my classes and those of all our wonderful instructors. Even though I live in town, I'm going to take a mini-vacation and stay three nights in comfort at the Red Lion Inn at Janzen Beach. Can't wait to hang out with instructors and students from years past! It's like a big family reunion (without the dysfunction:)

Friday of Art and Soul week I'm going to take a class myself from Jane Davies. I'll be sure to show you what I create in the class.

For the latest hunting and gathering report visit my Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop blog.