My friend Linda Womack has finished her new studio and yesterday I paid her a visit before her big studio-warming party that evening. Her studio is a study in yellow and white cheerfulness; many hands pitched in to bring her dream to life and the result is very exciting.
She allowed me to come early as I had a previous committment and couldn't make the party with the others. I'm sure she will write about it on her blog; I have had the pleasure of watching every step of the studio construction from afar and have gotten enthused about her adventures as she attended the IEA (International Encaustic Artist) Convention in Boston and the California Retreat. I hope to attend one or both next year.
Linda is starting an IEA group here in Portland that I am excited about; I want to broaden my skills and learn as many techniques to use with encaustics as possible. Plus I think I have come up with some special twists of my own and I am eager to share those with others. I think when we all share freely we all move ahead faster.
Of course I took Linda a little studio-warming gift; one of my "kitchen-sink" encaustics where I have combined all the forbidden materials. Linda laughed and assured me that was quite common.
The reason I missed the evening event was because John and I attended the concert here in Portland of Vicente Fernandez. *sigh* A beautiful film star and singer with phenomenal range and heart. Read his life story here. He dropped out of school in the 5th grade to help support his family, sang on the street and struggled for years to attain his dream. He sang for 3 hours straight last night and gave us all a tremendous gift. He is the man.
So here is my latest painting and I have to tell you I love it. How often do we actually love our own work? Not that often, I promise. But I gave myself a good grade on this one. I think Vicente would like it too.