Some textural exploration and experimentation today at the all day encaustic class at my studio. Some pieces started with a textured plaster base and developed from there using encaustic paint.
May have jumped the gun a little bit on this but we bought some tiles for the splash back in the ensuite today from the @bertandmay yard sale. They have been outside so here is a before and after picture of them cleaned. Might have bought something else from there too but I'll save that for another post.
“Hand Plucked” is an exhibit curated by 22 humans and 1 dog who thinks he is human. Opened March 2nd, this exhibit runs through April 14th. We are continually posting pics of plucks along with the words of those who chose the works. We hope our out of town followers will gain a sense of the personal nature of this special show. If you live Helena, come on down and check out this show in person! This encaustic (wax medium) painting is titled “Gathered Knowledge” by Joyce Watts Coolidge @joycecoolidge was plucked by Marcia Eidel @marciaeidel AND Renee Kowalski @kowalski_renee. Available. #encaustic#blackandwhite#1plus1is1gallery
Encased in cool wax
Flowers suspended in time
Anything I know about art I have learned from @larouse. So, when someone asked what encaustic art was, I was able to respond. Thankful for gifted people who give to others. .
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More customers sworn to secrecy.
Basswood Confessions 23, 24, 25, 26
Signs of Spring. Truly. And colors for the next piece. 😉
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A quick shot between in between the rain storms we've been having. It's so peaceful to listen to the drops while painting.
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Have you ever made a connection between *how* you do something (no matter what it is) and your *enjoyment* in doing it? That is just what happened for me the other day. A real "ah-ha" moment! A combination of doing "Energy/Engagement" journaling for a book club a bunch of Puttypeeps formed to work through the book "Designing Your Life" by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans (@wburnett & @DaveEvansDYL on Twitter) and the coaching framework of @maxoliviernyc led to this insight, which is: I find my "flow" (combo of energy + engagement + so much more!) when I am physically doing something, hands-on, but with no set expectation for what the end result will be. .
This is how I create my best work and this is where I find the joy in creating. Knowing this now allows me to approach other things in my life (outside of painting) in a similar way. Increasing the overall joy in life!
What is your *How*? Have you ever thought about it in this way? We seem to focus a lot on the *What* of what we do & the kind of things we enjoy doing. Thinking about the *How* we do something has opened up my understanding in a big way!
Thank you Max! And thanks to the Design Your Life crew!