The art has been flowing, the blogging a bit slower.
I spent the weekend melting wax and blowing it around the substrate. Not only do I find that relaxing, I like the way it eases me into letting go, trusting that the medium knows exactly what it is doing and all I need to do is observe, be curious and experiment.
I began with a simple beeswax foundation, layering and flowing with the contrast of melting and hardening, translucence and opacity. Patiently I built up a thick coating to serve as a mixing ground for the colors I was waiting to employ. I wanted to keep it simple since I am gathering valuable insights from “less is more”.
Alizarin Crimson, Turquoise, Manganese Violet, and eventually Celadon Green with a dash of Indigo.
I love “over fusing” and melting the whole surface all the way down to wood! Swirling pools of mixing color stirs delight within me.
My focused intention for the piece below is part of my FEARLESS painting invitations in the Fall segment of my 10 month teacher training program IGNITE.
I am inspired to explore layering organic materials with the wax.
Since we had a warm dry fall here in the Pacific NW, the leaves stayed on the trees longer, turning many shades of yellow, orange, red and brown. We didn’t rake the leaves this year, so I had many fallen treasures to choose from in my gathering of jewels.
Cedar bark and bough, Maple leaf and seed pod and a few mosses found their way into my exploration of Earth Wisdom (Feminine Cycles) in the turning of the Seasons.
My color palette: Alizarin Orange, Turquoise, Green Gold, Green Earth, clear beeswax.
This was a dance with texture, topography, layering, color, shape, Nature, Fire, resin, wax. I feel deeply connected to the circle of Life when I share in the process of transition and transformation.
I also devoured the documentation process here, making many photographs, diving into detail, recognizing the artist voice again and again.
I love exploring encaustic media. I am finding a connection to the flowing quality of natural elements and my ability to flow with my own creative impulses. It is helping me let go and unfold into my Soul’s artistic wisdom. Playing with the Earth elements, seed pods, bark and leaves is waking a connection to my body that is welcomed. I am opening to deeper listening to the Earth and to myself.