Studio Life

IMG_3843 I took photos of my place of work this morning and since it is a space without central heat, I am waiting on the space heaters to begin their difficult task of raising the temp from a lowly 44 degrees. And believe me when I say I am not complaining when I know the NE USA has been so much colder with so much snow. No snow here, except for a few miniscule flakes almost unseeable.

This January and February is extremely busy with so many disparate elements keeping me hopping with deadlines and commitments. I like it this way, though I am ready for a cool down (not in the temp of course) so that I can continue my series of encaustic paintings. For three weeks I have been working in oil on a commission that was to say the least a great challenge, painting subject matter that I haven’t painted recently. A challenge in a different medium is good for me and working on this piece brings me back to the finer points of oil painting and color mixing….and I do mean finer. A large series of drawings were necessary for this artwork and that too was satisfying. Taking a break from encaustic painting always refreshes me in some way. Yes I do love encaustic, though the labor intensive nature of this medium calls for a rest sometime. Feeling renewed now!

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to be the juror for the Women’s Art and Design Exhibit at Brenau University located in Gainesville, Georgia. The entrants were ninth through twelfth graders. The work was outstanding and I was so impressed with the level of accomplishment especially in drawing. Brenau gave the award winners both scholarships and cash awards. It was an awesome experience to work with the University staff and especially with Claudia Wilburn, a member of the Art and Design Department faculty, who first contacted me and whose work can still be seen in a faculty exhibit until March 19th at the Presidents Gallery. Her large woodcut prints are powerful.

For Valentine’s Day, dk Gallery launched another “Figure and Nude” exhibit. I contributed drawings,  monotypes and paintings for this exhibit. The gallery attracts a very wide audience and there was a full house believe me. It was a great opportunity to talk with the participating artists and catch up on all the news. The work is up for a while longer and you will enjoy the diversity of the work.

Having had one encaustic workshop at the end of January, another one is on tap for the weekend of February 28-March 1st. Still time to register on my website. This workshop covers many contemporary applications of encaustic  painting and no experience with the medium is necessary just a desire to have fun and create. Due to a few weather related cancellations, I’m leaving the registration open all week. Crossing fingers that mother nature does not give us a surprise at the end of next week.

OK what did I leave out, a trip to see Susan Burns work at the Booth Museum , a one-day intro encaustic workshop, a presentation about encaustic painting at Roswell Fine Arts and a WCAGA ART SHARE at the home/studio of Kathy Meliopoulos and last but certainly not least was the exhibit of Hambidge fellows curated by Jenny Jensen at the W Hotel Downtown Atlanta. It was a small exhibit to raise funds for the generous scholarship program.

Now the work begins on a solo exhibition in May. No, not much time left and don’t I know it.


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