The finest hour that I have seen
Is the one that comes between
The edge of night and the break of day
It’s when the darkness rolls away.
This week I am sharing a mixed media/encaustic piece that I made as a wedding gift for a special couple (Andi & Mark). Following is the finished painting but read below to hear the story behind this piece.
Andi & Mark got married on 11-11-11 so as you see I’m a bit past the date with this gift.
I have know Andi since before she was born, in fact her mom & I were pregnant at the same time. That’s why this is so special.
As you know, my paintings all have a story behind them and in my encaustic paintings the story is encased inside the waxy pigment.
I had asked Andi & Mark to give me images they would like encased in the wax. They have twin girls so most of the images were of the girls. This is what I did with the photos.
Reminder: Spring Open Studio ~ Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28, 2013 – 12 Noon to 6 PM
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This week I am sharing my painting “Piano Tune”
“Piano Tune”, the basic scale is made up of 7 notes, which are the white keys on the piano.
My painting reflects the rhythm and movement of the music you can make with the piano keys.
“Piano Tune” was selected for a Juried Show title “Seven”. When I heard the title which was the theme for the exhibit I came up with many ideas. My first idea was to work on the seven sided shape called a heptagon. I did many drawings with my ideas but it just wasn’t happening.
Finally I went back to my music theme which has been in my mind for a while now and came up with the idea of the 7 notes in a traditional scale (Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So (or Sol), La, Ti (or Si)) or (C, D, E, F, G, A, B). That made me think of a piano which I had played for many years as a child. From there I started making the keys of the piano and collaging them into the painting. And that’s how Piano Tunes was born.
The exhibit will be held at:
Castle Hill Gallery,Truro
Opening: Thursday, May 30, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Closing: Thursday, June 6, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Hours and directions: www.castlehill.org
As promised last week I will be posting a painting-A-week starting today.
There is a story behind this painting:
About 2 weeks ago I drove by our old house … the one we lived in while the kids where growing up…the one on “the best street in the city” according to a former neighbor and friend. But…I was a bit disappointed to see that the new owners painted it a red color and took down some of our beautiful plants that had grown so nicely. It was sad to see them gone…and to see the other changes like the color. We did move about 8 years ago…and the nerve of these people to change everything. It’s funny how much we don’t like change.
Last week for my 1st painting-A-week I decided to paint our beautiful Wellesley Road home.
Following is a photo I took of the house on that day:
It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home. ~Author Unknown
I have made a big decision. I am committing!!! To what? To writing blog posts. My commitment is for once a week. But…I am allowing myself to post as much as I want.
which I do at home.
As you know…when I’m not in my studio working on my encaustic, collage, oil paintings…I am home painting with watercolors and India Ink markers.
This past week I went back to my letters and though about how I can make them in a way that we could get better use of them.
I found these wonderful blank, white wooden letters and decided to do each one as an original artwork. I painted it directly on the wood.
This weekend we celebrated one of my dear friend’s birthday and I made the letter “F” for her as a gift. I loved how it came out. It can now be hung directly on the wall.
Would love your thought!