Origin Story ~ Slow Time (and the Joy Within)

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Sept. 17, 2019: Hitting the reset button by scribbling on and laying down tons of color on old encaustic paintings that were going nowhere.  #NoPanelLeftBehind

September 18: Not my plan at all. But hunting through my doodle scaps, I found my elephant silhouette and couldn’t resist. This will likely get painted over on Friday,..but I’m leaving it today, because it’s bringing me joy.
December 1: Dreaming of going home to Tanzania so much lately.  It’s been 4+ years since our last family trip to Mt Kilimanjaro to see my parents.  Counting down the days…
December 5: The elephant silhouette has disappeared under layers metallic graphite, silver and gold.  And today, with the addition of several whites, this Quiet emerged.  Letting it rest here for now.


December 7:  Adding layers of quiet tinted whites.

January 13, 2020: Seeing the piece with fresh eyes, the piece felt like it was suffocating under the whites.  So I pulled out my oil pastels to disrupt the preciousness and force me to find a new way forward.

January 21:  After several day of laying down paint then scraping it off, I finally feel like this piece can breathe.  Love seeing the trace remains of the elephant silhouette below the surface.  Now I need to set this painting aside…hang it on my wall, out of harm’s way, until the next steps become clear.

January 24:  Looking at this piece on my kitchen wall, I kept seeing weathered fence boards.  So I painted the boards varying shades of white…and a pop of blue for good measure.

February 1: As I stain the edges, I’m struck by the visual texture vs. flat surface of this painting.
February 11: Last Thursday, I shared my freshly finished piece, “Slow Time (and the Joy Within)”. That night, Jennifer reached out to me via IG asking if the piece was still available. She wanted to buy it for her husband’s birthday, so we scheduled a time for her to come see it in person. She fell in love with it, but was worried it might not work in the spot she had in mind. Since she had bought work from me in the past, I let her take it home to try it out. Happy to say, her husband loved his gift, and they ended up finding the perfect place for it.

❤️ So long, “Slow Time”. I’m smiling at the irony of your name given that this is the shortest amount of time I’ve ever spent with a completed piece! What a joy knowing you will be well-loved in your new home. Shine On!

The many faces of “Broadstairs” (Origin story)

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One painting, from start to finish, in 768 days…

This 24″x 24″ painting has undergone a surprising number of transformations before finally settling on the Broadstairs piece currently exhibiting at Northwest Encaustics. As one of the more epic #NoPanelLeftBehind pieces, I decided to trace Broadstairs back to its origins, and offer snapshots of its evolution over the past 2 years…

March 13, 2017

Most of my pieces begin with writing…whether it be part of a journal entry, passage from a book, lyric, poem. The base layers here also includes wood glue burn, yellow india ink, and several clear coats of encaustic medium.

March 13, 2017

School’s out, which means my studio assistant is on hand to scrape back the layers. Always happy to let the kid loose on my paintings. I consider this a good return on my investment.😉

March 15, 2017

My morning journal entry was all about how Everything is Connected. So I guess it should be no surprise that this would spill over into the studio…

May 2, 2017

Today is Scraping day. These wax scraps are SO beautiful!! They remind me of tulip petals. Trying to figure out how/where I can make use of these…

June 12, 2017

I found The Perfect home for those beautiful wax scrapings in another painting!!🤩 They work beautifully as beautiful blow-away tulip petals on this Self-Portrait piece I’m working on. It was just what this piece needed, an indication of how fleeting memories can be. I live for these Aha! moments…

Shine On!

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Every painting has an origin story.  My initial vision for this blog was to show the evolution of pieces, from start to finish.  (If I could, I would name my blog, “The Journey Is Everything.”)  You can track the progress of all my pieces on my Instagram feed.

Here is the origin story of Shine On – my rusty sunflower piece, which has taken on many forms over the past year…

8/12/17 – Wrote out my morning meditation on engaged, contemplative imagination. #BeginAgain

 

8/14/17 – Morning Meditation (final).  For my COCA Residency, I took this 24″x24″ white painting, and brought it to life in a 90″x 90″ 3D installation ~ The Truth Has No Borders.  This shipping container installation combined 40 years of work in writing, music, film and art into a single exhibit examining identity, family, culture and migration.

 

2/10/18 – I lied earlier when I posted the white painting, Morning Meditation, and said it was my “Final” layer. The following week, I was bored to death of it. So I taped it back up, and went back to work.

 

2/12/18 – Shoreline. Came downstairs to find the kid laying out wax scraps on my painting, telling me it needed more texture. So I spent the day fusing the wax scraps onto the painting, and adding silver leaf.

 

7/19/18 – And now, for something completely different.  I scraped and torched the Shoreline piece all the way down to the panel. 🔥🤩  The free write on the base of this panel was suffocating under the layers of valiant, earnest effort. Now it (and I) can finally breathe again.#BlowtorchTherapy #NoPanelLeftBehind #BeginAgain

 

7/31/18 – Today I return to a mostly empty studio, and start the day by making sunflower seeds ~a perfect meditation for beginning again.

 

8/1/18 – Got my first coat of rust on the sunflower seeds.

 

8/2/18 – Conquering fears today about not being able to draw by just painting these petals on free hand. More coats to follow. 😅 (I needed some way to pass time while the second coat of rust dried on the sunflower seeds!)

 

10/16/18Shine On! Applying new knowledge about color mixing to this piece, which is vying for a spot in pop-up exhibit/talk next week (“My Life in 24 Frames“, 10/23 at 6pm, Columbia City Gallery).