The many faces of “Broadstairs” (Origin story)

#NoPanelLeftBehind, Art, Exhibition, Narrative, Origin story, Story, Works In Progress

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…

 

May 8, 2017

UGH! I know most pieces go through several ugly stages as they evolve, but this one is a bit much.  Still…playing around with some ideas for the “petals”.

 

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…

 

December 20, 2017

This piece has been on a looooong Time Out.  But Vacation means All Day Art Dates in PJs with the kid, listening to our favorite podcasts.  I needed to seriously disrupt the surface of this piece, so I invited her to have at it!  And I love having the kid’s hand in my artwork, at any stage.

 

February 6, 2018

And now, for something completely different!  I drew my version of an elephant, then painted over the piece with oil and cold wax.  Traces of the red with the yellow “sun” remain visible.  This elephant hung in our living room for 6 months.

 

October 28, 2018

Re-purposing my elephant piece, which was in limbo and going nowhere. After numerous failed attempts at “making friends with gray”, I’m determined to keep painting and scraping and embedding and fussing til I feel good about this.  Using oil paint and cold wax medium, I want this piece to evoke large craggy rocks.

 

November 1, 2018

I found Fall color inspiration on my morning walk — a blanket golden ginkgo leaves on the wet asphalt.  This was just what I needed to get this piece over the hump. I see now where this piece wants to go. Feeling grateful for breakthrough moments of love and light…

 

November 27, 2018

This piece is back on the easel after a much needed break…”Out of Darkness, Light” (24″×24″).  I like where this piece ended up, but it doesn’t feel done.  So I’m putting it up in our house so I can live with it in our space.  Often times, with this casual daily contact, I start to see what’s working, what’s not, and where the piece wants to go next…

 

February 13, 2019

Only one hour in the studio today before I head to work. I’ve been trying (unsuccessfully) to destroy this too-precious, overly-controlled piece. So today, with little time to think, I took my demo up a notch.  I scraped down the entire piece, then covered it with stream-of-consciousness scribbles in French, using oil pastel and graphite, writing with my left hand.

 

February 13, 2019

I scraped the piece down, and layered 3 different whites over top, then used solvent to dissolve the surface. I look forward to seeing this with fresh eyes after my gallery shift today. Hopefully the original piece doesn’t surface again!!!

 

February 13, 2019

Came home and made one alteration…and now the piece has reached a resting point. “Reconciliation“: 24″×24” – oil& cold wax over encaustic on a cradled wood panel.

 

February 18, 2019

Taking a moment to bathe this piece in some much-needed warmth. The transformation continues…

 

February 26, 2019

The painting of 3 overlapping rings went thru several more iterations today before finally landing here.

 

April 15, 2019

Happy Monday!! Taxes are done, kid’s back in school. After taking a month off of painting to work on my sculptural piece (new for me/fun to do/not my forte)–I’m So Happy to return to painting. And nothing brings me more pleasure than radically making over pieces that weren’t quite doing it for me!! From white to black…

 

April 20, 2019

Calling this piece Done!! This piece has the distressed/topographic feel I’ve been aiming for.  When I asked my friend Connie for title suggestions, she pulled up images on her phone of the white cliffs of Dover.  And suddenly it hit me.  The boarding school I went to, between the ages of 7-10, was in Broadstairs, Kent (20 miles north of Dover) where we had the same chalky cliffs.

And then I remembered…my school had a separate boarding house for the younger students.  The older students boarded in the main school building across the street, which also contained the cafeteria, the gym, etc.  So twice a day every day, for breakfast and dinner, we would head over to the main school via a secret, winding, underground chalk tunnel, lit sporadically with hanging lamps.

With this memory resurrected, I looked at this piece, the gold lit passage across the white distressed chalky surface, and I realized that the final version of this piece had finally arrived.  I was done.

A short video reveals the peekaboo bling.☆

Artist Statement

Art, Exhibition, Gallery, Narrative, Solo Series, Story, Works In Progress

Eliaichi Kimaro

WEATHERED & WORN
Solo show

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Of the 40+ paintings in my upcoming solo show, 25 are new and exhibiting for the first time.

Weathered and Worn will be part of West Seattle Art Walk in May and June.
The exhibit will be up through the month of June.

NORTHWEST ENCAUSTIC
7150 44th Ave SW., Seattle 98136
OPENING RECEPTION
MAY 9, 2019
6-9pm

ARTIST RECEPTION
JUNE 13, 2019
6-9pm

Artist Statement (excerpt)

…This body of work hangs together loosely.  To me, they are more about the process, the journey of becoming.  They evoke the layered narratives that we all carry—as individuals in this present moment, and as the embodiment of our ancestors’ stories spanning generations and continents.   They represent new directions I am taking as an artist — using mark-making, texture, cold wax medium and organic materials to tell a story.  Some of these pieces came into being fully-formed.  Some were labors of love, with 2 or 3 completely different paintings existing beneath the surface.

While I am excited to share these paintings in their current incarnations, some of them will be radically transformed – melted, scraped down, carved into, painted over—when they return to my studio.  But as a lover of process, I believe that even our work-in-progress selves deserve an occasional spotlight…to be seen, witnessed and considered in our current state of being…and becoming.

weathered & worn (solo show)

Art, Exhibition, Gallery, Solo Series

“Practice Joy” (36″×48″) is one of many new pieces making their debut at the ‘Weathered & Worn’ exhibit.

So excited to announce My First SOLO Show!!!!

5 years ago, I took my first art class (since 4th grade) at Northwest Encaustic. With no formal art school training to account for, I had little to prove…just a whole lot to gain. The teachers fueled my curiosity while expanding my creative toolbox. And their generosity afforded me a whole new language to explore and share my stories.

I am who I am as an artist because of this studio/gallery. So this feels like the perfect location for my first ever solo show!  “Weathered and Worn” will be part of West Seattle Art Walk in May and June.  The exhibit will be up through the month of June.

NORTHWEST ENCAUSTIC
7150 44th Ave SW., Seattle 98136

OPENING RECEPTION
MAY 9, 2019
6-9pm

ARTIST RECEPTION
JUNE 13, 2019
6-9pm

*P.S. At the receptions, I will have ~40 original paintings available between $150-$250.

**P.P.S.  I  r e a l l y  hope you can join me for this!!!!

 

 

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The Stories We Inherit

Art, Film, Installation, Origin story, Story, Works In Progress

Backstory:  Couple months ago, a friend invited me to create a piece for a project she’s working on about dimensional wax pieces. While most of my encaustic paintings are textured and could be considered “dimensional,” I really wanted to push myself to get off the wood panel and see what I could create in 3D space. She asked for a piece that reflected the themes of cultural inheritance and legacy I explored in my film, A Lot Like You.

This prompt reminded me that in April 2018, I pulled out the transcripts of family stories I collected for my film — and, with no clear end goal in mind, I started cutting up and inking the shredded transcripts…trusting that they would some day find their way into a piece…

4/17/18 – These interviews I transcribed with my family elders on Kilimanjaro were the heart of my film. Even on the page, my Aunts’ stories are arresting. Now these transcripts will form the foundation of my next piece…

 

4/20/18 – As an encaustic artist, it’s rare that I can work on an art piece outside my studio. so I’m relishing being able to ink the shredded paper wherever I please. Especially on a day like today when I’m feeling pretty lousy, I can binge watch Theaster Gates & Andy Goldsworthy docs while reclining on our sofa, wrapped in a cozy blanket and sipping coffee.

 

4/20/18 – End of Day 3…inking each piece by hand is a slow and meditative process. 7 hours straight today. Time to switch gears and walk the dog!

 

FAST FORWARD TO 2019…

2/14/19 – …and now, for something completely different!! Spent the past 2hrs cleaning the studio, getting ready to work with encaustic, paper, wire and fabric. Won’t have anything finished to show for the next few weeks…but i’ll be posting detail shots of this piece in progress. (just for the record, i have Absolutely No Idea where this is going. i’m just committing to experimenting with 3D play.) 🙂

 

 

2/14/19 – The motif of yesterday’s painting of chain links takes root as I finally find a use for the shredded transcripts of family interviews that I inked last year.  While I don’t have much experience constructing dimensional pieces–I do remember making paper chains in grade school…

 

2/15/19 – Spending all day making encaustic paper chains out of shredded family transcripts. 5hrs down, 4hrs to go…

 

2/21/19 – I started the day making strands of orange & red, but then decided to limit my palette to colors of the Tanzanian flag — fitting since these paper chains are made from shredded transcripts of interviews with the Tanzanian side of my family. So now I’m focusing my efforts on blues, greens, yellows. Onward!

 

2/25/19 – All day, today & tomorrow, I’ll be 1) coating transcript strips with encaustic medium on the hot plate to 2) make links, then 3) gluing them into chains. Podcast playlist is packed, headphones are fully charged. Here we go…♡

3/1/19 – Much gratitude and love to my friend Connie for coming over this morning to help me create an alginate mold of my face.

 

3/1/19 – Been obsessively scraping and cleaning up this piece with my pottery & dental tools for 4 hours straight. SO satisfying! But it’s time to step away, and return with fresh eyes tomorrow to check out my handiwork in the light of day…

 

3/4/19 – As I experiment with making an encaustic cast of my face, I’m struck by how much the wax-filled mold looks like an oyster shell…🌊

 

3/5/19 – Turned out, and cleaned up, the encaustic cast of my face. The verdict is still out re: how I feel about it. It’s getting a bit weird (and eerie), having disembodied faces on my work table. Here’s hoping I can turn them into something beautiful!

 

I made this short video about the “source material” for these paper chains – shredded transcripts of the family stories I gathered while filming on Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2003.

 

3/19/19 – Working on the bottom half of my dimensional encaustic piece today — arranging the wax/paper chain in (what I hope will be) an ascending spiral!🤞🏽

 

3/26/19 – Spending the day weaving twigs to form the interior walls of the Chagga hut that will surround the wax mask…♡ Wood up top, paper below.

 

3/28/19 – Yesterday was a “2steps forward/1step back” kind of day. This is the challenge and the thrill of #LearningByDoing . Even tho I had to undo a lot of my work, no effort was lost. Each go-around leaves a trace of story that will be seen and felt in the final piece. Every turn is worth the effort.

 

3/28/2019 – #TBT2004 to filming in my father’s Chagga hut on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Fast forward 15 years, different medium, same story (exploring my cultural inheritance and legacy). Spent today finishing the woodwork that, for me, is reminiscent of the interior of our hut.♡

 

3/29/19 – The Stories We Inherit (72″x 12″x 11″) – Wax, wood, wire, and paper. Calling this piece done…for now…at least in its current iteration. You know how it goes.

 

Day 30 – 30 paintings in 30 days

Art, Solo Series

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and is now offline.
The remaining SOLO pieces are available for sale
through Columbia City Gallery (Seattle).

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Today is day 30 of 30!!! So grateful for this daily studio and writing practice that helped me stay grounded through this challenging week…

Now that my online store has launched, I want to find new ways to use my art in service to my activism. So I’m excited to share that I will be donating 20% of the proceeds of my SOLO sales to the Coalition Ending Gender Based Violence.

So you can treat yourself to a color-filled painting that lifts your spirits while buying direct from the artist, and know that a portion of your money will go to support survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

Thank you for kindly for your consideration.

And with that, I give you my final painting ~ #30 of 30:

SOLO #28 – 9″x12″ Oil & cold wax on Arches Oil Paper (2018)

Day 29 – 30 paintings in 30 days

Art, Solo Series

I can’t believe how many creative adventures have resulted from my seemingly random, last minute decision to jump on this bandwagon.

Painting and writing every day breathed new life into my flailing blog, produced much-needed inventory for my first art market, developed the scaffolding for my new talk, and helped me overcome some creative blocks.

Thank You for all your encouraging online and in-person comments about my posts! Many of you sweetly asked whether these paintings are available for purchase. And so, to show my gratitude for your joining me on this creative journey, I AM LAUNCHING MY ONLINE SHOP!!!

I have loved making these SOLO pieces. Every painting is original, and impossible to duplicate. There are even additional paintings here that didn’t make it onto my blog.

If you see something you love, please use the Coupon Code 30in30 to get 15% off your entire order. Free shipping on all orders in the US.

And so, with gratitude, I give you painting 29 of 30:

SOLO #26 – 9″x12″ Oil & Cold wax on Arches Oil Paper (2018)

Day 28 – 30 paintings in 30 days

Art, Solo Series

Yesterday was hard, I won’t lie.  I’ve been listening a lot, and bearing witness to what my loved ones have been holding.  And today, I intend to do more of the same.

With love, I give you painting 28 of 30:

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SOLO #25 – 9″x12″ Oil & cold wax on Arches Oil Paper (2018)

Day 27 – 30 paintings in 30 days

Art, Solo Series

Watching Christine Blasey-Ford’s testimony, I’m feeling inspired by her composure and bravery. As a fellow Holton-Arms alumnae (and survivor), today’s painting is in our school colors of blue & white.

Inveniam Viam Aut Faciam ~ I will find a way, or make one.

Here is painting 27 of 30:

SOLO #24 – 9″x12″ Oil & cold wax on Arches Oil Paper (2018)

Day 26 – 30 paintings in 30 days

Art, Solo Series

One of the greatest gifts of the digital age is the removal of barriers between artists/creators and their audience.  No longer is there a singular path to (or definition of) “success”, with gatekeepers at every milestone.  The floodgates are wide open — and while not always to my liking, I think we ultimately benefit from seeing the breadth and depth of work being created around the world every day.

So chart your own course.  And be smart about what/who you give your time, attention and energy to. Focusing on the people right in front of you who are moved by your work will open more doors than banging on that One Door that refuses to let you in.

Go Where the Energy Is.

Here is painting 26 of 30:

SOLO #23 – 9″×12″ Oil & cold wax on Arches Oil Paper.