Monday, August 01, 2011

Cold Wax

Cold wax, hot wax, I simply cannot choose my favorite. Where one is liquid and transluscent, the other is nuanced and minimal. Lush or austere? Why should I choose at all?

I flew into Telluride Airport in a little mosquito of an airplane that bounced all over the sky and swooped around the high mountains sideways. The beginning of my adventure. Not for the faint hearted.

What greeted me next were the most beautiful colors and piercing contrasts imaginable. Alpine wildflowers. A toy city in a box canyon at 8750 ft. elevation. The airport at 9000 ft. is the highest in the United States and sits atop a flat mountain where the runway catapults you out over the tops of even higher mountain peaks.

These are Rebecca Crowell's well-worn tools. 

Yummy oil paints.

Simple tools and media. Cold wax. Oil paint. Spatulas and things to press into the paint.

It was a 6 day wonder. I walked everywhere, even in the afternoon thunderstorms.

I painted what I felt in the colors that bring me joy. 

Making beauty. That's all I want to do.


Trace Willans said...

awesome. love love love. One day.

jill nalette said...

breath taking...just like you!
xo and smiles~ jill

femminismo said...

Such beauty in your work and in the landscape! I would venture on that plane to see such beauty! Did you take the picture of the sky with your iPhone? Jealous Jeanne

boyznonna said...

And beautiful they always, your work takes my breathe away.

xo cynthia aka "yer stalker"

Clare Wassermann said...

Totally gobsmacking!

Brian Kasstle said...

Aaaahhhh must learn encaustics....


Lynn Cohen said...

Judy your art work is spectacular. You make it look so easy.
Just beautiful.
Where the heck are you? Where is that place at the top of the world?
Wonderful photos all!!!
Brave you flying there that way.
Love the propeller shot!

Caterina Giglio said...

sigh.... how I miss CO... and Telluride... such a beauty..... but a true adventure getting there... even if you were driving... sooooo
wow, I bow to you in the tinsy plane... that is one tough ride ... but looks like it was worth it...

Jennifer White said...

I want to jump through my screen and touch these pieces... stunning, Judy... xo

rivergardenstudio said...

Oh Judy. Such gorgeousness, the mountains, the art tools, the colors. You are creating beauty and thank you for sharing it with us! roxanne

Bridgette Guerzon Mills said...

Making beauty. That's all I want to do.

I love this. And I love my Judy Wise. Whenever I visit your blog, I feel happy. Hope you are doing well and feeling good.

Parabolic Muse said...

Oh, my heaventy Christmas, this is fabulous. JUDY! You slay me. I can't WAIT for you to come to my house for the private lesson you promised.

(Call first, so I may secret away the borrowed and framed journal pages and paint over the spaces on the walls.)