The encaustic medium is magical, vibrant and translucent.  My creative muse guides, inspires and feeds my soul through this medium, mixed media and collage.  Blessing me with endless moments of creative joy and harmony...providing those ahhaa moments about life.  Join me on this creative journey, spend some time reading my musings about this life, the blessed other souls that come into contact with mine, however brief or often, that can leave everlasting imprints on our journey....perhaps our lives might share some similarities, bringing us closer and more connected...and less isolated.

"I suppose there is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul." ~ Edith Wharton

Here's to finding those expansive moments.....

Monday, April 26, 2010

Spring Globe Studio Show and Sale - Friday April 30th to Sunday May 2nd, 2010...come out to visit...

This weekend the Globe Studios, an artist run centre is hosting their semi-annual Open House and Sale.  Join in on Friday night 6 - 8 p.m. and Sat. May 1st 10 - 5 and Sunday May 2nd 12- 5 p.m.
This time they are hosting the graduating class of Glenview Park Collegiate and MacGregor Public School in our Gallery.  The other guest artists and Globe artists are putting out the welcome mat.
I will be there with my work too, so come and say 'hi' if you can.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Friendship - My friend Leigh...

My friend Leigh's birthday was Monday...and I had a great get together with her last friday.....I have been meaning to blog about her and how special she is in my life..all week...but it is finally, 

Things I adore about Leigh:
Her quirky sense of humour, her funny sayings...."Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy", 
Her acceptance of all, her non-judgemental presence in the world, 
Her love of animals of all kinds, cats, dogs, bunnies, etc......She will go to great lengths to meet dogs that are being walked in and around the neighbourhood, her ability to listen, and empathize, be wacky and wild, serious and frivolous..her creativity and flare....
 Leigh is a blessing in my life...and I cherish her dearly...and most of all I celebrate her each day 
Thank you Leigh for your love and support..from one Frida freak to another..happy belated birthday...
Here is the Frida piece I created for her ....

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Spring Perspectives - Changes and Fresh New Beginnings

Here are some new pieces I've completed -- they continue the theme of seeds, pods, blooms, fresh beginnings, growth.  These panels were a delight to work with, I used Rodney Thompson custom birch bark panels , which were purchased last June at the Encaustic Painting Conference in Beverley, Mass.

I love them and can't wait to buy a few more...

Friday, April 9, 2010

What's on the Horizon - Changes, Growth and Possibilities

"Just Arrived", 2010 Encaustic Mixed Media Collage 7 1/4 x 7 1/4 

Well, lots of changes are on the horizon....I guess that is what is to be expected with the changing of seasons...much like spring, I am choosing to view these family changes as possibilities to open new doors, for seeds for new life, new beginnings...
Perhaps that is why a lot of my new work is depicting seeds...seedpods, bulbs, tulips, birds etc. All of which symbolize birth, growth, and the ever changing of life like the seasons.

After a year long search for a new job, Jeff, my husband/life partner has found work..What a relief..but the bittersweet thing is that it is FAR...and it means a real look at where this will take us as a moment at a time is the mantra I repeat in my mind, spirit and heart...perhaps this will open new doors, new adventures...we will see....

Other things on the horizon are: new teaching schedule, for spring and summer anyway...New dates are posted on my website...As usual I am excited about teaching and look forward to the spring and summer sessions...the one addition this year is a WEEK LONG Altered BOOKS program I am offering in the Summer in July...can't wait..students have already signed up but there are a few spots left.
The altered books format with encaustics is really beckoning me..and I am happy to announce that I have been accepted to show a piece of work at the second WAX LIBRIS II exhibit at the Fourth Annual Encaustic Painting Conference at the Montserrat College of Art in Beverley,Mass. this June..the piece is called "Ponder" too has seeds, pods, and organics symbolizing birth, growth, possibilities.....take a look....

"Ponder", Encaustic Mixed Media Collage Book Structure, 2010, 10 x 12 x 2 (closed)

Detail of bottles in "Ponder", 2010 Encaustic Mixed Media Collage Book Structure

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Some Glimpses of the Spring One of Kind Show and Sale - Toronto, Artists of Elora-Fergus Booth I 34

Another Group Shot with the lovely Deb Dalziel, from Centre Wellington Tourism, who was the one that organized and birthed this project.

Artists of Elora-Fergus Studio Tour: Katherine McManus, Supria Karmakar, Mandy Deskur, 
Jerre Davidson and Barry McCarthy
Missing is the lovely Deb Dalziel of Centre Wellington Tourism

Right side of our 10 x 30 ft. booth

Left Side of our 10 x 30 ft booth

Six Elora-Fergus Artists showcased there work at the One of A Kind Show and Sale in Toronto these past five days, from March 31st to April 4th.  It was a great way to promote the area and let people know about what great things are happening in our region, Elora and Fergus.  Barry McCarthy, Oil and Watercolour Landscape Painter, Jerre Davidson, Kiln Formed Glass artist, Mandy Deskur, Jewellery Artist, Tim & Katherine McManus, Blown Glass Artists and Supria Karmakar, Encaustic Mixed Media Collage Artist.    We had a great time building our gallery style white walled booth, we got lots of great feedback and hope to see many wonderful people out to our area for the studio tour which opens in Sept-Oct. this year.