When I whined to my friends about how I've stopped painting they challenged me to create 4 paintings based on my trip to San Miguel.
It really clicked for me that having that goal would get me moving again.
So these are details from the painting I just finished.
I started by painting the beautiful Vermillion Flycatcher that I kept seeing in the big tree overlooking our patio.
I've been loving my watercolors again both in my journal and otherwise.
After I painted it I cut it out with a knife which gave me a stencil as well as the painted positive.
Scraped the plaster and paint off an older cradled board that I deemed not worth saving.
And glued down the watercolored image as well as walnut ink spraying the stencil onto the plaster. Glued down collage papers, then a layer of encaustic medium and some pigmented medium. This is how it looked when I went to bed last night.
This morning I made more medium and worked to unify the elements. I put in the hornizonals remembering the warm ochre wall that surrounded our casa.
Little by little I added more elements. Clear shellac tinted with powdered pigment and gold, incisions, oil glazes.
This is the finished painting: 20 x 24 inches on a deep cradled panel. Gold foil went on last.