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.

Day 9 of 30 - Sept 9

Robin Williams was such an amazing character. He made people laugh, listen and think!. A wise, comical, cynical and cunningly truthful guy, loved by many. This is one of his lines that I really like.

You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.

In this painting, I gave myself permission to experiment wildly with no plan. I have no idea what came first. It has so many layers it may need two hangers to support it! I tied it back together in the end with the main colors. But knowing there could be more beneath intrigues and taunts me. 

I have another quote I like because at times it reminds me of so many people I know, and ok, I admit, myself as well!

Your crazy is showing.  You might want to tuck that back in.
Author Unknown

So between these two, "the spark of madness" and "tucking that crazy back in", there is a fine line of balance in both life and painting! If I tuck that crazy back in, I can create a ho hum painting, which can be OK if that is my intent. Serene, calm, peaceful. Or could I go crazy? I want to experiment with that spark of madness! I mustn't lose it!

Spark of Madness
12" x 12"
Oil and Wax on Cradled Panel