Empyrean Sea

Empyrean Sea
encaustic mixed media, cheese cloth and puka beads
 Well I haven't posted two days in a row since I started this blog!
With the long weekend I've indulged in some extra time in the studio that I have missed so much recently. I finished another piece today and thought I'd post it along with photos of the plane ride that I was thinking of when I was making this. Instead of a helicopter tour we opted for a plane tour when we visited Kauai. Many people don't realize that the center of the island has a huge canyon with intensely red dirt complemented with lush green fauna. Aside from feeling totally nauseous by the end of the ride, it was well worth it for the gorgeous photos of the island.
Empyrean Sea detail
Coast of Kauai

Waimea Canyon



encaustic and pine bark
 Well the beginning of the school year is always a whirlwind! I finished the piece above a few weeks ago and as you can tell Hawaii is still a continuous influence. I finally made it back into the studio again today. I have been anxious to get back into the studio because ,I am happy to say, the piece from my last post sold at the show! In fact it had a red dot on it before the doors even opened because the owner of the gallery purchased it. I was extremely shocked but also totally flattered.
One of the reasons the beginning of the school year was so busy is because of the fundraiser I was working on for the art club. We did a color run and it was fantastic! If you ever get the chance to participate in one I highly recommend it. This is the photo of the color throw we did at the end of the event. So much fun and we  raised enough money to fund everything we wanted to do plus give a percentage to the local food pantry.


Hello Again!

Obviously a lot has happened since I posted last! So I thought I'd inundate you with photos of my most recent works. I finally made a website too so stop by and take a look.
Polu Kai
encaustic mixed media
I finally entered an all encaustic show for the first time at a gallery in Chicago. For me this is a big deal! To finally feel confident enough and commit to something that is outside of the suburban area I live in. The piece above is the one that I submitted so we'll see what happens.
Torn Veil
encaustic mixed media

Torn Veil detail
I really wanted to experiment with the torn book pages as a 3D element instead of just using them flat on the surface. I will definitely have to come back to this again some time because I really want to do more with them. The possibilities for using the paper three dimensionally is very intriguing to me.

encaustic mixed media
 The one above and below were inspired by the piece Autumn's End which was in my last post. Inspired by the seasons and the view out of my studio window, this is a theme I will be coming back to a lot I feel!
encaustic mixed media

I also just got back from a trip to Hawaii! So I will leave you with this photo of an incredible hidden red sand beach that we went to in Maui! This view is from the cliff wall we had to climb down in order to reach it. You can bet that I will be using this as fuel for new work to come!