Spark of Madness

Spark of Madness
Oil and Cold Wax
12" x 12"
Spark of Madness was accepted the 5th Annual National Juried Encaustic/Wax Exhibition sponsored by The Encaustic Art Institute in Santa Fe, NewMexico.

The show is on display October 3rd through the 31st.

This was a fun piece with brighter colors that my usual palette plus a lot of line work and scraping to top it off. Oil paint mixed with cold wax is such a scrumptious medium to play with. You layer and spread creamy paint mixed the the wax, next you scrape some off and add more in. The paint seems to seep through when you don't expect it from precious layers. It has a history all of its own.

Departure


Departure
12" x 12"
Acrylic on wrapped Canvas
My latest paintings have had figures appear, pretty much wonky shaped people. It has been fun starting a painting with many abstracted shapes and multiple layers. Next, I look for images. When I find something to develop, it is then a process of addition and subtraction, eliminating part of the busy abstractions in the painting while bringing up some to make the shapes interesting and curious. And of course, adding lines and covering them up, because I love line! Sometimes, I think the images are people, or they remind me of bottles lined up on a shelf.  Possibly, they could be people that look like bottles or bottles that look like people. Or maybe they are just fun shapes. This is today's departure!
Drawing seems to be the key. But even more important is looking and seeing . It reminds me of looking at clouds and playing the game of "what do you see!"