Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I Am Back!

After a summer hiatus, I have returned to weekly blogging. There were a few times when I wasn't sure I would continue, but after giving it some thought, I realized I enjoy writing and sharing what I have been up to. Finding my "why" was important. It couldn't be about marketing or promoting my work. It had to be simply because I wanted to! 

Many of you follow my Facebook page or visit my studio, so some of this update will be old news to you. Bear with me.......I promise I will new stuff to share soon!

Back in April I wrote about having two pieces in the "Best of Botanicals" exhibit at the PHOTO Oakland Gallery. "Wisteria" image won "Best of Show" and along with that, a $1000! I have never won anything like that, and as you can imagine, I was thrilled.

I could have taken that money and paid a few bills, but instead I decided to take Linda Robertson's "Wax Week: Mixing Media" five-day workshop in Portland! I needed a little creative shaking up, and encaustics (hot wax) is something I have always been curious about. (My cold wax "experiments" did not give me the results I had been looking for.....)

I will tell you right now; this is a tricky medium to work in, but I had a blast! 

The Greek word “enkaustikos” means “to heat” or “to burn.” Wax layers are fused with heat to bond them together. Simply put, photo encaustic is the term used to describe a photographic image treated with wax.

This quote by photo encaustic artist, Clare O’Neill pretty much tells the story:“Perfection and control in photo encaustics is impossible. The process is most satisfying if you can allow for the unexpected. The imperfection of the work is its own elegance.”

As someone who has called herself both a "perfectionist" and a "control freak" at times, I am struggling with this, but also embracing the challenge. 

Of course, I ordered supplies before I left Portland and have had the opportunity to play at home.

Recently someone asked me why I was experimenting with this process, and in light of the challenges I share above, I had to admit that I have asked myself the same question a few times. The answer I gave is that I like trying new things and creating something original. (Not the first time I have stated this in response to a question about why I am using a certain technique.)

I have a lot of ideas about where I want to take this latest experiment of mine. Until I learn more, I have been more or less glazing over with clear medium and after fusing that, I come back to add a little texture with brushes and other tools.

I managed to complete a few pieces in time for our "Open Studio Tour" last weekend. (The "dunes" piece and the sailboat, both went to new homes that weekend!)

Thinking about the future of my blog was not the only contemplative exercise I spent time on this summer. I am searching for my "why" in every aspect of my creative journey right now. Expect to hear more about that in the coming weeks......

P.S. I created a new "header" on my blog. If you are reading this in an email, click here to take a look: diannepoinskiblog