This weekend I finally completed the second encaustic piece on reclaimed wood for the HOME & HEARTh exhibit at Evanescence Gallery. When I think of home at this time of year, I begin to think of a fire in the hearth, Christmas songs on the stereo, and decorating the tree with my girls. In this piece, I began with plaster and etched in words pertaining to how I feel about a tree in nature. This process of layering, including the addition of beeswax and oil sticks really appeals to me. I've also been enjoying listening to Cheryl Richardson's The Art of Extreme Self-Care while I've been painting and love her list of questions to remind us of how to take care of ourselves:
Who is my support?
Who should I avoid?
What does my body need?
What commitments do I need to reduce?
What should I avoid?
How should I nurture my faith?
What comforts me?
How do I express myself?
What object focuses me?
How should I take a break?
I find the second question one that I need to be especially mindful of as my self-respect and inner peace is can definitely be altered by the people with whom I surround myself. And now, I need to rest as I received an injection into my shoulder joint to try to alleviate this frozen shoulder with which I've struggled for many, many months. I hope it works.
'Honouring the Ancestors': Awesome Airdrie
AIRdirondack Art Project
'Counting Crows': Great Places Plan