February 28, 2011

Waxy Beginnings

Melting beeswax to make encaustic medium.

Finished cakes of encaustic medium that contain a mixture of beeswax and damar resin.
Over the weekend I finally had some time to begin my new venture with encaustic painting. I have been wanting to explore this medium for a long time. After reading several books, reading technical information on the Internet and watching a bunch of youtube videos, I felt ready to tackle this. I was surprised at how everything came together so easily. As I am not one to follow recipes while cooking on the stove top, it was a bit of a challenge to follow an exact recipe for making encaustic wax medium. But alas! I did conquer my resistance and here are a few photos of the process. It is not very glamorous, however, I hope my new artworks created in the medium will show the depth and subtle beauty of the wax.

February 24, 2011

Here's What's Cookin'

This is the inside of my workhorse kiln. I use this large kiln to do all of my glaze firing in. It has a computer controller too. I recently had a lot of repairs done after owning it for 15 + years, so this was the first firing since then. Oh happy day!

February 23, 2011

Are We There Yet?

I don't know exactly why I decided to start a blog, but mostly it was at the constant urging of artist friends.  My goal is to share with you, the reader, a bit about my creative life and inspirations. Often I am asked "Where do you get all of your ideas?"  The answer is easy and complicated. But, my most honest answer is: From everything around me.

For me, ideas and creative thought are the same as breathing. I don't have to spend time contemplating them. They just reveal themselves constantly and randomly like tossing a handful of glitter in the air.

As an artist I never feel like I have reached my destination. The creative road is full of twists, turns, and choices. Come and share the ride with me as I explore this ever changing landscape.