Thursday, May 29, 2014

Community Art Exhibition

I'm so happy and excited to be a part of the juried community art exhibition at Moraine Valley! It runs from May 28th to July 31st. As someone very new to art shows, I am beyond excited that my encaustic paintings will be hanging on a wall that isn't mine! It's just thrilling really!

Monday, May 19, 2014

A Step Toward Home

“Close your eyes and follow your breath to the still place that leads to the invisible path that leads you home.”  ~ St. Teresa of Avila

My painting, “A Step Toward Home,” was nearly finished when I took a good hard look at my work and said to myself, “If you are going to do this, than do it.”  The next thing I knew, there was a big splotch of encaustic paint covering what had been a “perfectly good” painting.  Now perfectly good is fine, and sometimes you can be happy with it, but there are those times when something inside says you can do more.  Honestly, I didn’t know which way to go after laying down that paint so I just added more.  I fused and I scraped and I cursed myself repeatedly, but in the end I was indeed one step closer to home—I finally painted something that was me to the core…if that makes sense.  This painting business is a highly emotional journey—and I’m so happy that I found my way here!