LeSoine I 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.
Winter 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.