'Art condenses the experience we all have as human beings, and, by forming it, makes it significant. We all have an in-built need for harmony and the structures that create harmony. Basically, art is an affirmation of life.' Trevor Bell
I guess you could say I was born an artist! My intrinsic artistic abilities appeared around the age of 1½ years old when I began scribbling colorful imagery on my bedroom walls, later carving designs and cryptic messages on my parent’s fine furniture. Over the years, I have continued my artistic endeavors working as a monotype printmaker, painter, mixed media artist, and jewelry maker.
Recently, I have had several patrons ask for larger works. So, I am exploring this with my new works. The piece shown here is 3ft. x 3ft and is an encaustic. From working larger I have explored many new techniques as well.
Once again, this year I will be part of Open Studios! Open Studios of Roanoke is pleased to announce its 15th annual self-guided tour of artists’ homes and studios will take place Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 26, noon to 5 p.m. This year’s tour features 29 artists and 11 stops, including 10 at working studios. The Tour is FREE and children are welcome! An easy to print Open Studios Tour Map and more information on each artist is available at our website,www.openstudiosofroanoke.com.
As an intuitive printmaker and painter, I have always been drawn to the ethereal landscape. I felt as if I needed to challenge myself, so I signed up for a drawing class. One has to 'shift gears' to think differently in the drawing approach. Instead of gently abstracting, asI have in the past, I now have to focus on details, fine details.
I have also been introduced to Prismacolors, which I had used in the past, but not in the manner that I am now. I am amazed at the painterly look you can achieve with them! Here are a few of my recent drawings, with various challenges.
It seems that this year, I have been asked to do several shows. I am excited because they are all new and all over the country! While in the past years, I have had familial obligations (which have now changed), and I work full time, I now am able to rebalance and shift so I can actually devote a little more time to my artwork and teaching art to adults and children. Life is good, and I am so ever grateful.
I am taking on a big challenge, to paint larger! I am excited because I just ordered several 36" x 36"substrates! Now I am in the planning stages and working on sketches, and creating smaller versions of what the larger ones may be. I thought I would share one with you today.
Social media is great, and I know it is the only way I can keep in touch with folks and what goodness they share, but less of Facebook is in store for me. I would much rather spend time with you in person. Creating Art. Talking. Drinking tea, coffee, and wine. Sitting, watching, and listening. Craving the 'real' human experiences. So, I will be visiting Facebook from time to time, and will do a daily fact or two; I may even 'like' a few things, but would so much prefer you realtime.
I know I have posted my wishes for you in the past, but each year I come back to them.
I reflect and think of those particular moments and friendships that stood out.
I go back to each of these and remember the moments,
and if I missed something I will try again this year.
I also felt like I needed to add a few things to the list.
Here they are:
knowing someone dear who has beat cancer and still has a gracious heart, steering clear
of negativity, finding courage to stand for something and do something different,
and stopping every once in a while to reflect realizing
more and more how important life is.....
May your 2015 be full of light and goodness,
of wellness, and a sense of serenity.
Strength to accept the things you can not change-shade at twilight on a summer afternoon-a heather plant to greet you-a friend who you are proud of-good hard work-one comfortable place to sit-your favorite music-warmth in winter-those old shoes-heat of the sun-ocean breezes-dark chocolate--cookies-a card from a friend-a single flower-windmills-funky cars-an infectious laugh-recycled stuff-people who let you be real-finding 10$ in a pocket-books that touch you-helping a stranger-pets-clean sheets- quilts- pleasant childhood memories-giggling children-drawing a picture-a favorite color-the things you belong to-a sunset-a sunrise-water-mountains-100% cotton-organic stuff-grass in the cracks-stormy skies-unicorns and mermaids-a clear pond-time change-peace-dinner and dishes by someone else-negative ions-clear counters-moss-time alone-warm a bath in a quiet house-a stranger saying 'Hi!' and believing it-dirty knees-laughing-a good cry-a box full of memories-picking and eating from your garden-a car you can trust-comfortable silence with friends-gentle children-giving unconditionally-making someone smile-setting a goal and accomplishing it-a toilet that flushes-standing tall-stamps-people with beautiful hearts-leather-plant and flower shops-old jeans-feeling good enough to be kind-a quiet faucet-ice cream-clean water-a friend that has one you can borrow-chimney sweeps-lightening bugs-evening breezes and bats-fantasies-being there-a heartache that is gone-a friendly tax appraiser-a friend that sings as she works-a cup of hot tea-lacy things-nosegays on the windwsills in summer-a single feather-the hours before the world wakes up-being gentle to Mother Earth-consoling someone-falling stars-spring aromas of honeysuckle-back scratches-no line at the check out counter-inner peace-an old t-shirt-a parking place-feeling the breeze-a time together-finishing a task-touch-feel-declared by mother nature-smell-hearing-seeing-ice on the window-a holiday-singing in a group-big men with little babies-remembering someone who loved you well-green apples-cheese-art that touches you-night sky-big trees-staying home-respect-affection-compliments you believe-a well deserved paycheck-big trees in little cities-motorcycles- Amtrack- airplanes- taxi's and busses-clean paper-giving something of benefit back to society-movies with gentle hero's-popcorn-the idea of enough-being able to read-being able to love-choices-saying' no'-saying 'yes' from deep down inside-babbling brooks-linen-a tax refund-the purr of a cat-and a meaningful kiss...
Dear Gina: I am happy to announce the following artists will be participating in the Encaustic: Nature as Muse exhibit in January 2015 at the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. Ruth LaGue, Julie Houck, Timolyn Esson, Harriette Tsosie. Meg Voigt Meersman, Mari Renwick, Jeanne Schneider, Jennifer Robinson, Cherie Duty, Gina Louthian-Stanley, Linda Wein, Deborah Martin, Lynda Ray, Patricia Leeds, Leslie Ford, Carol Babington, Shawna Moore, Patricia Dusman, and Lynn Basa.
I have also attached a pdf of the marketing materials. We will be updating our web-site at www.steamboatarts.org shortly.
I am a bit excited today! I just got this email form the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, in Littleton, Colorado! "I am very pleased let you know your piece was selected for our upcoming inter-national exhibit entitled - Encaustic: Nature as Muse exhibit at the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. This piece(s) was chosen to be displayed through the month of January 2015. The jurying process was very competitive this year and your work stood out above the crowd. Congratulations!"
Exhibition dates:January 1, 2015 - February 2nd, 2015
Last week I had the pleasure of teaching encaustic monotypes, an intro course! Fleta Monaghan, who is creator of 310 Art at the Rivers Edge, Arts District, Asheville, N. C. , organized a Hot and Cold show with artists from across the Nation who work with wax, hot or cold. The show runs through the end of July. She also organized a week of wax classes! The week began with Cindy Walton and cold wax, followed by Erin Keane, Bet Kindley, and myself.
The classroom was absolutely fantastic! We had four hot boxes and several palettes with small plates fro printing! Enkaustikos provided samples and I was able to find paper sample packs on their website! The intro class covered safety (which is always first and foremost in importance), papers, mediums, working techniques, how to mount or show the works, and we ended class with a critique and discussion of the process. A special thanks to everyone behind the scenes for making this class a success! I look forward to seeing you again!
Time now to create....my work is done until August! Finally time off to paint, create, and teach!
I will be teaching encaustic printmaking! I am very excited to share what I have learned about this medium with others. It is such a freeing medium! Being that monotype was my thesis focus and for the past six or seven years, I have been exploring cold and hot wax, there is a way to print with encaustics!
Encaustic Monotype is a contemporary medium combining the ancient art of encaustic painting with the general concept of monotype. The technique was originated byDorothy Furlong Gardner, a printmaker who in the early 1980′s “wanted to combine the directness and immediacy of the monotype with the richness and luminosity of encaustic painting”. In the late 1990s, Paula Roland, a painter, began her work based upon Dorothy’s discoveries, and modified the monotype process. Encaustic Monotypes are still in an incubation period and are being transformed in many new ways. Elise Wagner is an encaustic printmaker who uses wax to create encaustic collagraph monotypes and is still making new discoveries in her processes.
Historically, the first monotype was attributed to Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1616-1670) a contemporary of Rembrandt (1606-1669). Many artists experimented wit monotype, Degas, Blake, Picasso, Oliveria, and Johns, to name a few. Conventional monotypes or monoprints are typically one-of-a-kind prints created with oil based inks on paper with or without utilizing a printmakers press. (Jung, William, History of the Monotype, 1996). I plan on exploring printmaking first this summer, then I want to dive into more experimental ways to work with traditional encaustics.....It's going to be a great experience!