Saturday, June 18, 2011

Encaustics and More...

"I Fell Silent"

Used a rubber stamp into joint compound to create the texture although you can't tell what design the rubber stamp was because the compound came up when I pulled the stamp off.  I kept it because of the texture that was created and I liked it.

I added the indenture from a dry branch on the left and a piece of netted fishing thingy on the right.  The black marks above netting were scratched into the wax and black oil pastel rubbed in.

My first encaustic painting

I am taking a class with Stephanie Lee and Judy Wise called Plaster Studio Workshop...there is also a book of the same name and authors which I purchased and devoured the day I received it.  This piece is the result of one of the projects from the book.  It's called "I Fell Silent".
I started several others with the same feel just to get the hang of this one technique of using joint compound and adding textures. 

This is so different from what I've created in the past however, it has lots of texture which is what I am drawn to and love so much.  I feel like I'm moving in a new direction with my focal subject...more earthy and ethereal...and it is the result of exploring new techniques thru workshops with my favorite artists.

Last month I took some classes at an art retreat "Create" in Costa Mesa, the first time coming to the West Coast.  I took Encaustics with Paticia Baldwin Seggebruch; Free Motion Sewing with Alisa Burke; Numo Felting with Joann Manzone.  Each class was exciting and filled me with new possibilities.  So fun!

I am always so filled with anticipation and inspiration to start new projects from an online or actual class or
from a project shown in a magazine or book I purchased on a subject I'm curious about.  I end up doing so many different things that I can easily loose myself in between jumping from one thing to another.  I just can't seem to stay focused on one particular art medium and end up feeling like "jack of all trades, master of none".
It can be very frustrating at times because although I want to continue on 1 or 2 paths, something new tempts me in another direction.  I keep wondering if I'll ever stop wandering away from this or that.

My one steady medium is calligraphy, but I believe it's only because I earn a living at it.  Would I choose to do calligraphy if I didn't have to is a question I hope to find out some day.  It can get mundane and redundant most times because I've been doing it for 30+ years and lots of it is addressing envelopes.  I am fortunate to get creative projects that challenge me and those times are when I can pull from my experiences which makes it all worth while.  However, I want to spend my time creating in other mediums all day.

I believe there are no mistakes in life and I do what I do because it is who I am and what I was meant to be doing.   I hope I can learn to accept this about myself and just relax about all the this and that's I do so I can just relax and play.  The kid inside of me is the happiest when I bounce from one project to another.  But, the adult says, "do what brings in the bucks first then you can go out and play".  Will the kid ever grow up and give me permission to do both?  Inquiring minds want to know!


lilylovekin said...

Your work from the plaster class is wonderful. I love how you are interested in SO many different things, it will keep you young at heart. I don't know if the answers will ever come to some of the questions we seek, maybe that is what life is all about, the seeking.

Martha Lever said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Renee. I love it!! Your blog post today describes me to a tee except I don't do calligraphy for hire. I used to do that but haven't in a while. I so understand the jumping around and doing new things. I think I need to keep challenging myself. Speaking of challenge, I did an oil pallet knife painting class today. Now that was challenging. And Denis Brown is coming to my studio Tuesday and Wednesday to do a workshop for 9 of us here in Jacksonville while he is on his week break from the miami Calligraphy guild. Should be fun!

Emakesart said...

Hi Renee! This piece is stunning!! Wow!!! Absolutely beautiful! And thanks for sharing a bit of your process. I love that texture on the bottom!!

And I took the "Plastered in Wax" class with Patricia at Create!!! Were you in that one or her ATC one? Small world!!!

I am very much the same in that I always want to try something new and jump around in my interests. But we are NOT alone. So many artistic people are like that. I was listening to some speakers from an online thing called "The Creative Souls Telesummit" and they touched on this a lot. There is a book out on the subject called "The Renaissance Soul" that sounds interesting.

Hope you had a nice weekend.

Jane Farr said...

Loved this post Renee! For me at least, you are preaching to the choir. But envelope work affords me the opportunity to play and try other things. ("Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish." - Michelangelo)

Your joint compound pieces are wonderful!! xoxo

Gaby Bee said...

This is brilliant!!!
Love this new direction in your art(love ALL of your art).

Gaby xo

Jo Wholohan said...

love love love renee!!!! xx

MB Shaw said...

Love this encaustic! Really nice job.
I took a class with Trish in February and loved it. This plaster class is really fun too, geez, wish I could just play all day long.
Thanks for stopping by my blog btw :)

Carol Hamilton said...

Beautiful piece!