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.....

Friday, July 30, 2010

Whole Ball of Wax - Really big ENCAUSTIC exhibit opening Sept. 4th, Propeller Gallery in Toronto - Save the Date!

Twelve encaustic artists will be exhibiting their work at the Propeller Gallery in Toronto, On. Canada...984 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON.  Gallery hours are: Wed- Sun. 12 - 6 p.m. 416-504-7142
Opening reception Sat. Sept. 4th 12 - 6p.m.  Demonstrations of encaustic painting will take the artists, come see this really BIG SHOW..... Runs from September 1st to September 12th!

Artists taking part: Pieter Bakker, Daniel Beirne, Andrea Bird, Andrew Csafordi, Lisa-Beth Glassman, Supria Karmakar, Tanya Kirouac, Jane Longman, Maura Joy Lustig, Georgina Rodrigues, Michelle Salter, Tania Wycherley

With gratitude to The Ontario Arts Council.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Full Moon Energy Blessings, Winner of Birthday Draw and Summer Newsletter

With the energy of the full moon today, I thought I would do my birthday give away today...So with a heart full of gratitude for my friends, family and artistic life supporters, followers/fans...I am offering this blessing bowl of many of the things I treasure.....with all of your names, handwritten and cut out from some special paper I used for my wedding programs, a special handmade paper with lovely organic inclusions...and within this lovely 'blessing bowl' I have placed the following elements in offering to you and to the our lovely mother earth:

Some organics, such as, lavender, bee balm, a coreopsis flower, lamb's ear leaf (not sure of the proper latin name for this lovely soft plant), a poppy dried and given to me by my dear friend Leigh, a heart rock with spiral shells, a blue jay feather found in the garden, yarrow, hydrangea, beautiful pottery affirmation pebbles and pottery blessing bowl made by the wonderful local Guelph potter, Goldie Sherman of Vessels Studio; surrounded by all your lovely names....

Thank you for your support, readership and lovely comments...the winner for the birthday draw is:

Wendy.... congrats...
please send me an email so I may make arrangements to send you your gift...thanks...!

Enjoy the full moon tonight...create magic, love often and the best gift we can give each other is rapt attention to each other's existence (Helen Keller)
thank you for your thoughts, comments and sharing.

Also for anyone interested here is my latest newsletter....

Thursday, July 22, 2010

July Show opens at the UpTown Gallery in Waterloo, Check out the great new show!

What wonderful new work is being exhibited at the UpTown Gallery in Waterloo for the rest of July, over August until mid-September.   Come and check it Monday to Sat. 11 - 6 p.m. everyday.

UpTown Gallery, Waterloo Town Square, 75 King St. S. Waterloo, ON, Canada. N2J 1P2

Don't forget to post a comment on my blog post "Birthday Giveaway For you!" it ends tomorrow...drop me a short!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Birthday Giveaway for you!

"Tissue Paper Poppies" 4 x 6 Encaustic Mixed Media

Photo Courtesy of Janet Smit, thank you!

 Photo courtesy of Janet Smit, thank you!

Well, some years ago..during the beginning of my social work days, I met and worked with a wonderful polish woman, Bozena...and she taught me a lovely polish tradition her family practiced that I never ever forgot....that on your birthday you are the one bearing gifts and cake etc.

So for my upcoming birthday, I am doing a giveaway for you....Leave me a comment, a quote, a tid bit, a hello, any words would be grand,  by Friday July 23rd..and I will enter your name into a draw for a give away of encaustic mixed media work.
From me to you!
Happy Birthday to me : )

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tissue Paper Poppies and Playing with texture pieces

"Magical Journey" 12  x 12, 2010 
Using Tissue Paper Drawings - See previous post to see how my drawing started is the finished piece.

"Magical Journey" Detail 

"Tissue Paper Poppies" 4 x 6, 2010

Playing with textures.....

I have been loving working with some textures and tissue paper inlays, after writing, or drawing on the just disappears leaving a lovely translucent layer of drawings and / or writing.

Been keeping a disciplined practice of 6 - 12 Noon studio time this week while it is cooler working on new work for the upcoming Art In the Yard Show and Sale, at the Elora Centre for the Arts, this weekend...Sat. July 10th to Sunday July 11th, 10 - 5 p.m. Come for a visit, I am at BOOTH number 7!