( I have not blogged in …..a very long while. Sometimes it felt like i was just shouting into the void. Feel free to shout back in comments if you like….)
I told myself I was going to spend the month of January in the office getting my sh*t together, organizing, purging, and catching up on ginormous piles that have a accumulated in the office. Taking photos on my exercise breaks at the forest preserve and cooking have been my creative outlets.
Even though i did get a lot accomplished, turns out I couldn’t make it a month…
The Midwest is experiencing a lovely winter storm right now- this is our view out back!
Although I’d rather be in the studio making paintings with my blowtorch, i thought a snow day was a fitting time to share my new winter works with you. it’s always fun to hunker down with my honey, my animals, and big pot of soup….
i have always had a fascination with and affection for the night sky. in winter there is less to look at on the ground, so my gaze turns upwards. (Plus I have a thing for blues of all shades and tints…)
I have done work celebrating it in the past- a Night Sky series came out of work commissioned by the Sisters of St. Francis, like minded women who value our environment. “Sister Moon”, as St Francis referred to her. I hadn’t done any night sky paintings in a while, but was kind of itching to go back. I posted this video on my business fb page a hill back –http://bit.ly/astronomyvideo
so….with all the hype surrounding the event of a Super Blue Blood Moon, i was excited to view it- but unfortunately we did not have clear skies and wasn’t able to get a good look. however – I found myself up at 4 AM the next morning (which if you know me at all – never happens willingly –) and Hershey and I headed out to try and get the best view of the eclipse. In an effort to find a view unobstructed by powerlines and buildings, i kept driving and found myself pulled to my favorite forest preserve, which i realized after i got there- has a high hill making a good vantage point for viewing. I really was there just to see and experience it, but then found I wanted to capture it in a visual. I snapped away photos with my iphone- a camera not equipped to photograph the moon. However, as the sun rose, I was delighted with the gorgeous pastels of sunrise acting as a background to the silhouettes of many trees. this familiar forest preserve took on a new light for me- literally.
That day I abandoned the office and headed to the studio where I created many studies of the night sky in encaustic, incorporating my tree silhouettes here and there. I haven’t made any night sky paintings in over a year, and was feeling the itch to do it. Although I like to make art celebrating the season I’m experiencing, my winter pieces are few and far between.
Here are some of the pieces that have come out of that.
Many have phosphorus pigments that will have a subtle glow when the lights go out.
None are done.
Most will become the focal point of assemblages that incorparate limbs of trees, birch bark, torched wood and ecoprints.
….or at least that is what i am thinking this week.
in the light….and the dark….
…and the snow parts! tracks coming next….