Thursday, November 09, 2006
Reality...what is it good for?
"Everytime I close the door on reality, it enters through the window." (author unknown) Good quote and so apropo! Wish I knew who to credit that with. I would also like to thank them. Our theme for the November ATCs is quotes. This is one of the designs I came up with. It is encaustic art along with an art image from some publication and a cutout stencil window. What's encaustic, you say? Sounds a bit toxic, doesn't it? Really, it's painting with wax that is pigmented. The technique goes back to at least 600 AD. It all sounds pretty fancy and you can get wax for encaustic painting at art supply stores (Daniel Smith) that has a very high quality pigment. However, in this case when I did the wax work, all I had was a humble box of Crayola crayons! It does the job. It's great to work with what you happen to have on hand; running out to buy something often takes away that moment of spontaneity and the energy that goes with it. There is much to be said about spontaneity; when we let ourselves have spontaneuos moments, that inner voice that is constantly judging and eroding at our confidence is silenced. And in that moment of being spontaneuos, do we not often feel rapturous joy? Sometimes all too fleeting, but most certainly there. We forget that we are at the driver's wheel and we seem to avoid taking the turn down that road of spontaneity. I say, take those turns more often and relish that moment of pure bliss and joy!
Posted by Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio at Thursday, November 09, 2006