New Work

Nature Nurture
Encaustic Mixed Media

 So sorry I've been neglecting my blog lately. Honestly I just keep forgetting to take photos of things if they don't involve my artwork.
 I did get some more work into the 4th Friday's show for July but I completely forgot to take pictures!
I also made another new encaustic this weekend. My kids have been busy with friends so I've been going into my art room whenever I can! It's been pretty nice I must say!
When I showed my daughter May this piece she asked me "what are those round things?" I explained to her that I got them from my mom's garden from her old house before she moved and they are seeds from a money plant. May looked at me and said "so money really does grow on trees." Yeah, I  had a good laugh!
I also went to the art store and got some new things to try out. I experimented with some pan pastels on the encaustics and I love them. Bridgette also told me about using alcohol inks too. My experiments with them didn't turn out as well ,however, so I didn't use them here in this piece.
I realize this is a terrible photo but I wanted to show the small crater like holes I got when I sprayed water on the warm wax. I remember talking to an encaustic artist about a year ago, before I began working with wax, and she did this all over her large paintings. I thought it was so cool looking. I am going to have to try this out more in the future with a better sprayer.
We've also been having some crazy storms around here lately. I read a report that said the first storm had 75 mph winds. That's hurricane speed! There was a lot of damage and power outages. The next round of storms brought lots of lightening, wind and lots of rain in a very short period of time. So this time there were a lot of flooded basements. Luckily we only had some damaged patio furniture.
In the mean time I did get a couple of good photos of a thunderhead. It was so humid outside that the lens kept fogging up though so they are kind of blurry.

But today is beautiful and I'm off to the beach! Enjoy your day too!


Mid-Summer Bliss

 Hello everyone! We've recently returned from our trip "up north" and it was a wonderful trip as always. I thought I'd share a few pictures with you because it is such a gorgeous unspoiled place. My camera takes awful pictures but the place is so beautiful there's no way you can take a bad photo.
The kids and adults swam, hiked, canoed, fished, tubed down a river, had camp fires, made s'mores and got eaten alive by mosquitoes! Totally worth it.

If you haven't already noticed, I love summer!
I love the heat, the color of the sunlight, how green everything looks outside, the chirping birds, the cool air in the mornings and evenings, open windows....I could go on and on.
 My garden is in full bloom right now. All my favorite blue flowers are blossoming too. The absolutely bluest of them all are the chinese forget-me-nots in the top photo. The next one is flax which popped up spontaneously last summer. I must've scattered some seeds that I forgot about. And the last is my favorite...hydrangeas.
So of course I had to cut some to display in my window. I just picked up this cute bucket yesterday too and it was just screaming for some hydrangeas.
In the mean time I am just trying to soak up the last few weeks of summer before school starts again.