Give Back Your Heart To Itself

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Give Back Your Heart to Itself

encaustic collage

10×20

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.

 

Serendipity Redux

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Serendipity

Mixed Media on Canvas

8 x 8

This is how my serendipitous ACEO that turned into a canvas turned out.  I like it so much, it won’t be in my Etsy shop!  I decided to do gold leaf on the edges.  Working with gold leaf is a lesson in patience but I love how it looks.  I had to put on some very quiet music–the Zen Garden station on Pandora–and remind myself over and over that I was not in a hurry.  Very Zen.  Gold leaf has a mind of its own.  Here’s how it looked as I was working on it.

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I like to let the edges fray a little to give it a distressed look.

  It’s happily hanging on my wall now.

Serendipity at its best….

 

Serendipity

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I  did this ACEO the other day and when I set it aside to dry, I rested it on a canvas I has gessoed the night before.  I glanced at it later and liked how it looked on the canvas.  So I’m experimenting with using it as an element in a larger piece.  Serendipity at its best….

The Sound of Lovely Music

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The Sound of Lovely Music

10 x 10 mixed media painting on canvas

Eadweard James Muybridge was an English photographer important for his pioneering work in photographic studies of motion and early work in motion-picture projection. I love this beautiful snippet of a woman dancing. I combined it  with a lovely piece of authentic Italian ephemera dating from 1845.  The words are clipped from a vintage book from the 1930s and layered upon chiyogami paper.

Available in my Etsy Shop::StudioMiradero

Angel’s Flight

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Angel’s Flight…..mixed media collage.  8 x10 framed.  1920s photo, gingko leaf, chiyogami papers, reproduction of vintage ticket for Angel’s Flight, copy of 1905 photo of Angel’s Flight.

I’ve always been intrigued by Angel’s Flight.  Maybe it’s imagining my grandmother living in Los Angeles in the 1920s.  Angel’s Flight is a narrow gauge funicular in Bunker Hill connecting Hill Street and Olive Street.  This old photo I purchased of a mother and a daughter is from the 1920s.  While I was working on it I noticed the writing in the corner.  I can’t make out all of it but there is the name Owens written with a blue fountain pen.  My grandmother’s last name was Owens.  I added a reproduction of a ticket and a copy of a small photo of Angel’s Flight taken in 1905.  The papers are beautiful chiyogami and the frame is one I had and it seems to have been waiting for this.

Available in my Etsy Shop::StudioMiradero