think this series of images from my gardens actually began on
a weekend we visited friends in Massachusetts in January. Gracing
the walls of our guest room were several of Rodrica Tilley's sumptuous
flowers. Her sensual free colors and textures make flowers more
than just pretty.
is the time I set pieces into motion. What to print? What to sink
my creative teeth into? It's usually early mornings that I sift
thru images with a cup of tea in front of the fire and review
the year before. As I looked through garden images, I kept thinking
of Rodrica's watercolors and what an impact their beauty had on
me. I was inspired to find a way to work with the world of flowers
and creatures I have found in my gardens and find a way to say
what it is I see and feel in them.
process of creating an encaustic piece is not instant gratification.
There is the time it takes to develop an image in photoshop from
the many photos I have taken: what to add, textures to use, what
to take out. Then there's the time it takes to make a good print
of the final image on a cotton based paper. After that the I mount
the print on a birch panel. Then the waxing can begin. It all
starts with a few coats of beeswax and damar resin melted on a
griddle about 190 degrees. In between each layer I fuse the wax.
It takes time for the piece to cure. Over time and many polishings,
the bloom leaves the wax and a lustrous finish adds another dimension
to the image.