Wednesday, June 25, 2008

From Eye to Hand - Sketchbook Pages

Camping trip last summer at Mt. Rainier.

Ceramic pots in my backyard.

Japanese gardens in Seattle

Thursday, June 19, 2008

National Encaustic Conference Presentations

One of my favorite presentations at the National Encaustic Conference this year was "Encaustic With A Textile Sensibility or Medium For A Material Girl" by Daniella Woolf. Daniella Woolf's own work in textiles and encaustic has a wonderful textile sensibility as you can see on her website. She created an online version of her lecture which you can read here called...... EncausticFIBERopolis

"Morning Pages 21" 2007 Encaustic Mixed Media by Daniella Woolf

Daniella discussed artists whose work illustrate how materiality is more relevant now than ever. I particularly responded to the works of Rob Larson , Carlos Estrada-Vega and Gabriel Russo.

"Red" 2001 Discarded Gum Tops by Rob Larson

Back in March, 2008 The University of the Arts in Philadelphia hosted an International Fiber Symposium: M a t e r i a l t y + M e a n i n g : Examining Fiber and Material Studies in Contemporary Art and Culture. To learn more go to Website:

This was part of a larger event, FiberPhiladelphia 2008 which consisted of 29 exhibitions and two symposia that examine the current explosion in the use of textile and fiber materials in the field of contemporary art.

Alki Beach, West Seattle

Yesterday I spent the day with my son at Alki beach in West Seattle for his school field trip. We had an excellent view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Alki is a native word meaning "eventually" or "by and by" in Chinook Jargon that originated as a pidgin trade language of the Pacific Northwest.

There is so much to see during low tide. Here are just a few examples of what we encountered.

Winged Kelp with flat ruffled edges

This lovely kelp reminds me of fabric ruching......a sewing technique used to gather, ruffle or pleat. Beautiful.

Dall's Acorn barnacles

I always use things I see in nature as a basis for paintings. These barnacles naturally compete for space forcing them to grow quickly in wonderful cluster forms. I particularly love the marks they leave behind when they get scraped away. Check out this wonderful blog that uses barnacles in architectural design.

Here are orange and purple Ochre sea stars. Lots of soft-shelled clams, moon snails, red sea cucumber and shield-backed kelp crabs live on this rocky beach as well.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Finding Inspiration in the Details

ART CHANGES EVERYTHING.........These words are the foundation of Montserrat College of Art, a small vibrant art school in Beverly, MA that hosted the 1st and now the 2nd National Encaustic Painting Conference June 6-8, 2008. Here is a big shout out to Conference Director, Joanne Mattera for your hard work organizing this event.

(demo pieces by Julie Shaw-Lutts)
I enjoyed the slide lectures the most this year. But I never forget to look beyond the given agenda and really look around me. Inspiration can come from anywhere.




3D relief, text, color.........


monoprinting .........