Whiplash

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Sometimes I feel like I get artistic whiplash as I go from one style and medium to another during the week.  But I know that this is part of my exploration–perhaps obsessive exploration–of who I as an artist.  Maybe it’s just all that pent up creative energy that had been dormant for 40 years.  I’m not sure, but I’ve learned to just go with it.

 

So here’s a look at my week.  I worked on the large 30×30 abstract above.  It now has about 10 layers of paint on it.  I’m not sure if it’s finished so I’m going to live with it for awhile.

 

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And now to switch gears…I’m taking a beautiful online class called Poetic Wax and Plaster taught by Ivy Newport and Petra Hrziwantzki and this was this week’s project using plaster.  I collaged the papers into the wet plaster and then as I was looking for something in my very messy studio table drawer I found this rhinestone crown I bought four years ago.  It’s been rattling around in my drawer all this time just waiting for the right moment.  This seemed to be that moment and I embedded it in the wet plaster.  Painting on the plaster was like doing a fresco, layering paint and mixing colors.  Very soothing.  And finally, we were challenged to write a 10 Word Poem to go with the piece.  Here is mine:

 

child of blossoms

and butterflies

she was her

own queen

Taking walks is my favorite form of exercise these days and I love to wander the grounds of the beautiful Music Academy of the West.  Never without my phone (which I use far more as a camera),  I came across some things I wanted to photograph and then edit.  Here they are:

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Sometimes I can see how all my work relates, sometimes not.  But I do know one thing.  This is a journey of value and meaning and I don’t see it ending any time soon….

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Give Back Your Heart To Itself

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Give Back Your Heart to Itself

encaustic collage

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My journey back to art after more than 40 years has been one of continual re-discovery.  This month I am taking a beautiful online class called “Poetic Plaster and Wax” from two exceptional artists Ivy Newport and Petra Hrziwnattzki.

This piece is a project from the class and has great meaning to me as it is connected to one of my favorite poems, one that I discovered four years ago as I began to do art again.  It is by Derek Walcott, a Saint Lucia poet who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992, and is titled “Love After Love.”

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The piece contains the poem, handwritten in inks and graphite crayon, hidden slightly under layers of paint, pieces of old letters and other ephemera, and encaustic wax.  Incised with marks, it is finished with a rubbing of sepia oil paint.

It now hangs in my studio.