"Circle Machine" 15x12x2 mixed media encaustic, vintage wooden beads, Erector Set parts. I like the suggestion that this requires human interaction to make it work. However, this crank is just for show.
One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three... Life is a dance through time. I began this little piece by covering the ground with sheet music and an illustration from an old children's book. The pendulum on the bottom actually swings back and forth.
"Waltz Clock" 13x5.5x1.5 mixed media encaustic with game pieces, dominoes, Erector Set part, Tinker Toy part
Today I thought I'd add some information about method. For those of you who are not familiar with encaustic, it is a beeswax-based paint with ancient origins. (If you have specific questions or want to try painting with it, I highly recommend reading Joanne Mattera's book The Art Of Encaustic Painting.)
Encaustic has to be melted on a temperature controlled heated pallet. First, the panel or ground is prepared by painting the entire surface with the encaustic medium and then fusing it into the wood, usually with a heat gun. Then more encaustic can be applied with a brush or a pallet knife or as I did with this piece and the previous 2-D posts with dots, melted directly to the prepared surface with a craft iron. This means each circle was individually mixed in a circular pattern and fused into place.
My niece tried to count the circles in my piece "Bubbling Up" ( posted here earlier today)...I don't remember the final count.
Maybe I could start a contest, something like guessing the number of marbles in a jar...
For now, this blog serves as a partial history and portfolio of my work. You can scroll down to look back into the archives to see my wide range of creative expression, which includes installation art, encaustic (wax) painting and assemblages. The colors and symbols of childhood are common in my work. Some works feature vintage storybook pages, game pieces and toys while others are more organic in nature. Thank you for stopping by.