Saturday, September 26, 2009

Encaustic- Back in the Studio on a Hot day....yay


6"x6" on cradled clay hardboard
Here are two new encaustics that I did in the past two days....It was hot in the studio, but I was happy to finally get in there and crank up the hot wax and hot plate.  I am selling my jewelry at an Italian Festa on Oct. 11th and decided to do a few encaustics that somehow related to my Italian, sicilian heritage.

The Mandonna encaustic is from a photo I took in Sicily outside my zia Dora's house.  It was built into the stucco wall in the back yard.  These little nichio's or altare's are hidden in many backyards all over Sicily.  I wish I would have taken more photos of them when I was there.  Maybe next time..( hopefully) 

I loved the photo but never knew what to do with it.  I this piece is another addition to my nichio, madonna, goddess series.  The Sun is just a lovely old middle ages etching that I photo transfered onto an encaustic background.  I plan on writing Buon Giornio on it with carbon paper or?? not sure yet.  I have to say that I was excited to get back to my wax work after just not being motivated for quite a while.  I think its the fall that gets me going.   Blue and orange are colors that keep calling me these days.  I put beeswax on about 4 more small masonite panels as well, so we shall see where I go next with my Italia series.  Horray... I am having waxy joy buildup!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Intention - Affirmation Cards...

Intention- noun:  a thing intended; an aim or plan : she was full of good intentions the action or fact of intending have (a course of action) as one's purpose or objecin\

( one's intentions) a person's designs,  plan that (something) function in a particular way :

2 Medicine the healing process of a wound. 

3design or destine (someone or something) for a particular purpose or end :

ORIGIN late Middle English : from Old French entencion, from Latin intentio(n-) ‘stretching, purpose,’ from intendere (see intend ).

While I was visiting in Mt. Shasta, I brought with me supplies to create more intention cards. 
I shared the process with my friends and once they started they couldn't stop making them. 
 Judy was up all night for 2 nights in a row, it was as if a storm of creativity broke free in her after being bottled up for years.  

So I am including some of the cards made by both my friends, Vicki and Judy as well as  some created by me, and a few  other's created in another seasonal women's art group.  

I love witnessing how this simple process allows one to be free and say what needs to be expressed in a visual way.

Perhaps it is the small format, or the freedom of collage that allows one's inner guidance to come through.

                                             Each card is both beautiful and evocative.

  This is just a sampling of the images that emerged.  I love this process and keep adding to my stack of cards as well.  With all the best intentions...!!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Views from Mt. Shasta

After a bit of a hiatus from my life, artmaking and writing on this blog , a trip to Mt. Shasta and getting a bit sick to say the least, I am posting some photos of Mt. Shasta., and my friends property Tara's Retreat Center.