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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Vesica Pisces

"Vesica Pisces" is the mystery that came home with me from my third encaustic class. Our teacher demonstrated intaglio lines (cut and fill), stencils, making transfer paper and molding into the warm wax and filling. It is priceless to see someone with a lot of experience demonstrate how to hold the tools and carve away the wax; the first time I tried it I had very little control. Our assignment was to play around with the new techniques and get a feel for the wax; I was drawn to the way the material veiled the color layers beneath and the foamy texture I could get with the side of the brush as the wax cooled. The rest is a mystery; no matter how much we study and meditate it comes back to that central truth.

The next week promises to be the busiest of the summer with Art & Soul happening, my wonderful Carla coming as a houseguest, a date tonite with the butt-kicking Mary Ann, classes, Birthday celebrations and more. My email program dumped a pile of emails between here and the beach so if you haven't heard from me that is probably why. I'm preparing for all of it by drinking more coffee than usual and carrying a clipboard everywhere. If you're coming to Art & Soul, I'll be the one who looks a little wild-eyed and dithery. Here goes - wheeeeeeeee!

7 comments:

Guy said...

Judy, I love this piece so much. I think it's partly the total abstraction that we don't see from you very often, if ever. I am an abstract kind guy. Beautiful!!!! I hope to see this piece first hand some time soon.

Mr.guy

Kelly @ Kel's Space said...

I wish I could fly through space and visit with you and Carla - you two are my shining stars in the art-filled night!

thealteredpage said...

I think this is a great piece. I love the carving, the texture, and the color palette. Seth

Ro Bruhn said...

Fabulous texture Judy, I really must have a go at this.
Enjoy your busy time
Ro
xo

minnie said...

judy, your amazing painting adorns teeshas art and life....oh my god, my favorite cover yet....i love love love love love it....

Cre8Tiva said...

this is a beautiful piece...i paint with encaustics...never tried these techniques...did you stencil with the wax??? tht might be a good idea for the stenciling magazine i edit...have a blast at a&s...blessings, rebecca

Karen Cole said...

This is a beautiful piece. I love the monochromatic color scheme and the texture and lines are beautifully done. No control? You must be kidding.