Summer Line Challenges

Well, it seems that I am on an 8-month update schedule for blogging, maybe I need to step in up a bit!
"Simplify" still is on my mind, but I'm not there yet!

Our Advanced Studio Seminar with Michael O'Keefe ended in April with an amazing show at a location in the Cedars in Dallas. As a class we all grew and learned from Michael, from other visiting artist critiques, and from each other. Not to mention learning from ourselves, digging deeper, exploring and sometimes surprising ourselves with what we discovered. In the end, we became a closely knit set of comrades and found the experience exhilarating, educational, exhausting, and encouraging!

In July I attended another workshop with one of my all time favorite teachers, Lisa Pressman, and another favorite, Jeff Hirst. We were as a group doing very diverse work, some using encaustic, some oil and cold wax, and still yet, we were introduced to printmaking with encaustic collagraph.

In the end, it seems our marks are so individual to each of us and they pushed us to the next level. Which leads to what I have been doing when life keeps me away from the studio or class

I have been exploring with LINES - mark making in journals and notebooks or any piece of paper that is near! I love playing with black and white, be it ink, charcoal, graphite, wax, or whatever. I love exploring different marks with the way the implement is held, turned, twisted, and if it is in the dominant or non dominant hand, not to mention when one closes their eyes. And then there is the space of the page, how many ways can it be divided?  

Then the rabbit hole appears, what if I play with color.... ahhh... this month, my goal.... color!

So these I share today!
Movement from one side to another of the page. minimal, think about space divisions!

Think about connections, between squares without any real thought!
Is that possible?

Fill each square, vary the inside shapes.

Encaustic monotype, squares taped off then removed.

From one square to another, movement and varied line thickness

Graphite, flow, gestural

Disjointed, slow moves, Non dominant hand

Encaustic Collagraph

Figurative Drawing and Honoring the Models

About 7 years ago, 3 years into my art journey, I decided to attempt life drawing classes. With the guidance of excellent teachers, I know how much there is yet to learn and be able to apply as well as how difficult it is to see all the nuances of the human body. The models continue to be an inspiration to me, they have the patience, calmness and self control to be still in the moment, often very long moments, actually. Each one is different, and each is amazing and beautiful. I am attempting to have more stillness and calm in my life, without letting my mind race when I go there. Today, I honor those models who exude that meditative calmness than leaves me grateful that I have this opportunity to see into their kind souls.... past the anatomy and into the spirit of the soul, the humanity in each of us.

My natural style is not classical, nor photo realistic. Perhaps it could be called expressive drawing.
It comes from within and it changes over time. Today I am sharing some playful drawings using encaustic monotype process. These were not done with the model in from of me, but I would love to do that! The process involves drawing on a large heated metal plate with bars of pigmented wax. The bar melts as it hits the heated plate. The next step is to lay paper on top of the wax drawing and it transfers creating a monotype. This method takes your hand out of the drawing, what translates to the paper is always a bit of a surprise. My intent is to draw more into them during class, but I kind of like what happened just as they are!

These are printed on 30" x 22"Arnhem paper.


Encaustic monotype 1


  Figurative encaustic monotype 2
 Figurative encaustic monotype 3

Encaustic Monotype and Carbon Workshop - Paula Roland

Last week I was fortunate to study encaustic monotypes and carbon mark making with Paula Roland.
It was a challenging and mind boggling week of many new ideas and moving with the flow of your intuition. We used mops and large brushes on many types or paper of black and white marks. Each day was filled with many new to me techniques and ideas. I am recharged and ready to create!
Mark Making with graphite pigmented waxing he hotbox.
The one on the lower left also had some colored pigments added.