On my third day of teaching in Arizona we combined mixed media, paint and encaustic medium plus all the wax techniques to produce this series of student work. The piece above even has grains of plant life encased in the wax.
Sometimes the students arrive with blank expressions but these women lept right to the task.
This one has lace incorporated into the wax and a beautifully restrained color palette.
Kris cracked me up with her transformation of John Wayne into a gatherer of girly-girls.
And Sharon portrayed the summer goddess with her triangle of stars: Deneb, Vega and Altair.
The color palette here was soft and lovely; these pieces are so much more textural and satiny in person.
In the spirit of keeping it real I'll say that yesterday as I walked outdoors it became apparent to me that summer is waning and with that came a heavy feeling. Winter is hard for me.
This is what I'll miss during the off season. The beauty of these faces, this travel, the friendships. I feel most alive when I am sharing what I know with others.
Sue kept saying, "I want to incise!" I hope she'll go home and draw into the wax. She draws eloquently.
This one was amazingly textural; layers and layers of paper and paint and then wax over all. Sumptuous and rich.
Thank you to all of the advanced and fabulous women who came to Arizona to play with me; it was a time out of time, extraordinary and enriching.