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Month: September 2011

The Five Ws

the Five Ws

I spent half a day wandering around the Oregon District in downtown Dayton, Ohio, last week. It was the perfect fall day: sunny and cool. I carried several cameras with me, as usual, and shot both of these images that day. Peep

I had lunch at Blind Bob’s, browsed the Goodwill Store, checked out a few galleries, and had a coffee. A perfect afternoon! Oh, and I passed on the peep show.

Yarnbombing for Ma & Pa

You may (or may not!) know that I’m an avid knitter and even enjoy spinning from time to time. My parents commissioned a couple of yarnbombing projects and I finished them while I was visiting last week. Previously my Mom commissioned a tree cosy for the front yard.

This time I knit a cosy for Mom’s cane, Charlie.

Charlie the Cane with Cosy

I made a cosy for the tree in the backyard we call Waldo (aka Kissy Face).

Waldo (aka Kissy Face)

The third yarnbomb was installed on the front porch of the house:

Ma with Charlie the Cane and yarnbomb

The cane cosy was a spur-of-the-moment project, but the tree and the flowers and vines were in the works for awhile. The cane cosy generates lots of comments starting with A Wool Gathering, the annual sheep and wool festival in Yellow Springs, Ohio, that Mom and I attended right after I made the cosy.

 

 

 

Hot Off the Palette: Two New Photo Encaustic Pieces

Shady Side

Photography is my first love and I enjoy it immensely, but sometimes it’s fun to expand on photography and take it in new directions.

Recently I’ve been working a lot on combining photographs with encaustic. I’ve been printing photos on Hosho paper and then embedding them in clear encaustic medium. I’ve also printed them on watercolor paper and used acrylic gel medium to adhere them to the board before covering the photos with encaustic medium.

Neither of those processes excites me much.

Summer Glow

Then I tried transferring a color laser print of the photo onto the wax surface and fusing it. Called a “water transfer,” in this process the toner becomes part of the layer of wax. After a couple more thin layers of clear encaustic medium, I enhance the piece with watercolors and oil sticks.

Now that’s a LOT more exciting!

So for the past couple of months I’ve been experimenting with photo transfers and encaustic. I’m calling them “photo encaustics” for lack of a better term.