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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tugging on Motivation

Recently some items came back to me after a long absence, they were living in a far away land, one known as Indiana. But now I have them, and most particular to why I am writing, other than the fact that I have not written in a long while, amongst these items were a few books that motivated me, at least when I first got them, to tap further into my ideas, my art. 

The environment, as a whole, has always been at the core of my work, but I have focused a lot on bird and plant life, color, and visual textures. Not that I want to stop with that focus, but I feel a need to explore more of the whole. Also since I treat medium and subject connectively, some subjects lean more to a specific medium than the other, and that sometimes leaves one medium feeling neglected.

I have been trying to get back into the studio, so to speak, the only studio I ever had was through the university where I received my graduate degree, but anyway that is another story... I have been trying to get back to work with more land based, the, "whole," type pieces, more documentation of encaustic as a medium, and well, just to make art in general. Which brings me back to the books. I thought I would share a few images with you that I found to pull at my motivation a little bit. One book is on Indiana geology from 1881, I was attracted to the plates, which include around sixty of them. I have always admired the graphic and design quality, especially with this subject matter.
And from a two volume, 3008 page picture dictionary, where there are endless images to glean ideas from, including odd things I would never relate to a word. And lastly, a book on insects.

As always, thank you for reading.

Friday, April 19, 2013

some of..., My Plants Took Over

Well, this winter my plants took over my work space, at least the ones that live on the porch for the summer, makes it hard to get started. Hopefully they will be on the way out of doors soon.

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