Sowing Seeds – 12″ x 12″ – found images and encaustic – 2013 – $125
A second piece made with the combination of squares and diamonds that makes this lovely tumbling pattern. This one looks at first glance like it might be made out of wood, because of the colors. Like Liberty, it is named for the image on the central piece; a man walking behind a plow. The frame is made from recycled plastic bottles, the substrate is a piece of an old poster, and the images are from discarded magazines, making this piece almost entirely recycled.
Liberty – 12″ x 12″ – found images, wax encaustic – 2013 – $125
The pattern here is one I discovered in researching ancient roman tile patterns, and I fell in love with how dynamic it is. This is the first of two pieces I made playing with this pattern. Most of the piece is made with pieces chosen for their texture, color, and value (lightness or darkness,) rather than recognizable images, but the title comes from the image on the very center piece. Click on the image above to see a larger zoomable version.
The frame is made from recycled plastic bottles, which are transformed into a classy wood substitute, and the backing board is recycled also.
First Blossoming of Silence – watercolor – 12″ x 12″ – private collection
A lotus, painted one day when I was in a contemplative frame of mind.
Oak of Kildare – watercolor – 12″ x 12″ – not for sale
Saint Brigid of Ireland is a favorite character of mine, known for her generosity and hospitality. She founded a large double monastery (both men and women,) which is named for the sacred Oak tree near which it was located.
How Will Peter Pay the Lions? – 23″ x 23″ – found images, wax encaustic – 2006 – $250
This is a companion piece to Loose Connections, also made with magazine images and wax encaustic. The quilt pattern on which it is based is called Robbing Peter to Pay Paul, because an arc is cut from each of the sides of a square and rotated out into the next square, to be replaced by an arc from the adjacent square.
Can you find the two lions?
Loose Connections – found images and wax encaustic – 23″ x 23″ – 2006 – $250
This piece is based on a very old pattern of a square within a square within a square, which shows up in everything from medieval stone pavements to traditional American quilts. The name comes from the way that even though the images were chosen randomly, without any theme in mind, our brains want to make connections between them and find meaning.