awaken, encaustic on clayboard, 8x8 inches
Months ago I got an idea for a new body of work. But I wasn't sure how to tackle it. So I have let it sit and brew in my brain. Lately it's been screaming at me to get going. But still, I hesitated. Not ready yet, I thought. It's about an issue that I think about on a daily basis. I will talk about it more, once I feel comfortable doing so.
But this weekend I started and this is the first piece. It's very different, I feel, than what I usually do. Lately I have been so attracted to color. Maybe it's because I did that whole series a few months ago that was very pared down. Just black on birch with a teensy bit of color. Maybe it's something that is shifting inside of me with all these life changes that I have been experiencing.
In my intuitive painting class, my instructor noted how every Wednesday night my paintings are filled with red, red, red. She asked me if that was my normal palette. And I said, no, actually not at all! I usually do blue-gray, white, foggy, misty colors.
I owe a big huge thanks to Tangled Sky Studio and to the The Bee Team for the inspiration of the word "Awakening" for this month's theme. When the theme was announced at the beginning of the month, I started this piece. And then I let it sit. Looking at the calendar this past weekend I realized I was running out of time! So I got to it, and something inside just shifted.
I feel really excited to work more on this series. It felt right and good turning on my heated palette and working just in pure encaustics again. I hadn't done that in a long time.