cleaning the studio...

...and other adventures in art

huddled masses

Huddled masses, indeed. Looking around hospital waiting room, I see people huddling together. I see it in newspaper and magazine photos too. In times of trouble, anxiety and apprehension, in times of anticipation and jubilation, people huddle. They touch.  They clump....

mulling it all over

Open Studios is an exciting and confusing time. I’ve now spent 3 days, with one more to go, talking to people about my work. It’s exciting because, of course, it’s great when people connect with the work. Who wouldn’t like that? I have had some...

painting is a jealous mistress

  I’m going to be cantankerous and withhold The Daily Bird today so that I can write about painting instead.  And don’t think I don’t have the Daily Bird done.  Here’s a thumbnail, with a larger image coming tomorrow. I’m spending...

what the heck is encaustic, anyway?!?

People ask, so here it is: a short explanation of encaustic… Encaustic has been around for centuries, and, with proper care, is considered to be one of the most stable mediums. The ancient Greeks and Egyptians used encaustic to waterproof and decorate their...

the third dimension

A friend asked why I photograph the Daily Bird panels on an angle. Three reasons: The diamond-shaped photos look better on my blog page. Encaustic is difficult to photograph. These represent the pieces better than if I shoot them straight-on. I’ll leave that to...

red-yellow-blue

Today was primary-color day.  Red-Yellow-Blue. It’s probably obvious that I love color, but I feel the urge to go wild with color with these small encaustic pieces.  There’s no risk…I can easily scrape the wax off if it just doesn’t work.  And...