Thursday, April 25, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Dance: A Painter's Perspective

 I was so fortunate to be able to attend my good friend Julie's exhibition of paintings she did of the Dancers from the Minnesota Conservatory of the Arts. The work is stunningly beautiful! 

It was fun watching the dancers look through her sketch book from the year long project to spot themselves.
Congratulation Julie!!! You can see more of her work here.

Monday, April 15, 2013

RAW Natural Born Artist in Minneapolis

I'm so excited to be a featured artist at the next RAW can check it out here. I think it is going to be alot of fun. I am selling tickets to cover my media cost , so if you are in the area and want to come or if you just want to show support you can buy  tickets here
I would love to see you and appreciate your support!

Monday, April 8, 2013

From The Mother Lode

I made a lot of prints from what is now known in our household as the Mother Lode. With the prints I did several encaustic paintings. This first one I call 'Vintage Persian'. The picture doesn't do it justice because the colors are more intense in real life and you can't  see the flecks of gold all along the rust print.

Turquoise Dream

close up of Turquoise Dream

'The Secret Garden' Some parts of the prints came out so clear with a lot of rust I decided to only add a layer of beeswax and resin to bring out the deep color even more. This one reminds me of the garden gates I saw and admired all over South Africa.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

African Soul

encaustic rust print with embroidery

African Soul is one of those pieces that naturally happened with out any effort. I felt more like the instrument through which it was created rather then the creator.  It started with a rust print, wait it actually started many months ago when I found a hat stand at the thrift store. I came home an dug out a hat I bought in Africa (many a ladies wore this type of hat on Sunday for church going.)
It has been on my bookshelf in the living room and I've been enjoying admiring the craftsmanship. When I learned I was to be the emerging artist for Art at Highland I started sketching and the design on this hat kept coming across the page. 
One of the many rust prints I did was just begging for the embroidery stitches to be put on it, and it became 'African Soul'

Now the name for the piece also came about effortlessly as though it was already named I just needed to become aware of it. I discovered the name when I looked at the photo of this piece on Iphoto, many of those speaking bubbles came up all over the picture of 'African Soul' asking me to name the people in the photo. I'm so happy my Mom bought the piece at the show, I know she also has a love for Africa that runs deep....and I'll be able to see the piece from time to time!