Sunday, December 27, 2009

winter diptych

each piece is on a 12x12 inch cradled board...this is about as minimal as my art

a letter to the queen from her colony

this is a re-do of an old piece....on 18x18 inch cradle board...

Saturday, December 26, 2009

alice series

this triptych is created on 3 pieces of 2x4"ends about 8 inches in length....

New work 12/26/09

I've had some time to create new pieces during my break from teaching. These pieces will be part of my show in July, 2010, Marquette MI.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Cross Pollination Show

chicago encaustic show at womanmade gallery

Thursday, September 3, 2009

be not afraid

this piece is created on 4-12x12x3 inch cradled boards. I have been working on it off and on for about a month now. I call it "be not afraid". The quote was used on a necklace by an artist I found and she said that the quote is paraphrased from Joan of Arc. I am not sure it is done, but decided to photograph it as is. Comments welcome!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

july 30th honeybee

this is created on 8"x16"x2" lumber. it was started at "art in the garden" and finished this week. it is a combination of beeswax collage, botanicals, xerox transfer, and encaustics.

july 30th dragonfly

this is created on 8"x16"x2" lumber. it was started at "art in the garden" and finished this week. it is a combination of beeswax collage, botanicals, xerox transfer, and encaustics.

july 30th

this is created on 8"x16"x2" lumber. it was started at "art in the garden" and finished this week. it is a combination of beeswax collage, botanicals, xerox transfer, and encaustics.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Bees Knees

Bees Knees

Honey Spinner - Grace Pundyk - Books - ABC Shop

Honey Spinner - Grace Pundyk - Books - ABC Shop: "This engaging narrative non-fiction tale follows Grace Pundyk's journey from the wild Yemeni deserts to the jungles of Borneo, and from Russia to Tasmania's leatherwood forests, with many other honey-producing destinations in between. Grace follows the sticky trail of this ancient food, and the people who make their living from it, to uncover the truth behind this 'food of the gods'."

art in the garden then workshops

thank you for staying with me through this piece a day adventure! sunday is "art in the garden" which i've coordinated and will be an artist. after that there are meetings then 2 artist workshops....SO, I am signing off from the "piece a day" adventure. Will check back in after the first week in August to update things. yours truly...Melissa

july 24-26th

journey: 8x8x2" lumber mixed media....

The Aztec Winter Solstice was celebrated with ceremony honouring the Earth Goddess, Tonantzin. She later shape shifted to become the Virgin of Guadalupe. Interestingly, the way she portrays herself (emblazoned on the milpa robe of Juan Diego) resembles a cocoon of a honey bee. Or a yoni symbol. One of the mirthful Bee Priestesses immersed herself into the world of the hive ........The image of her emergence from the cave/hive and the image of Tonantzin (aka Virgin de Guadalupe) are similar. Although the Bee Priestess looks ready to take action and reclaim the Earth for the Goddesses, while Guadalupe stands steady in traditional meditative posture of prayer.

fortune, l'amore. 8x8x2" lumber

last of the one a day.....23rd

"what remains".....i found the note on my morning run...and then just gathered items to make the picture complete. 8x8x2" lumber.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

july 22nd, perfect flight #2

perfect flight #2...his is on 8x8x2" lumber...wax, encaustics, image transfer

Monday, July 20, 2009

july 20-21

this piece is on a 4x8x2" piece of lumber. I used the iron and embedded 3 locust tree bean pods into the wax.....magical beans! Seems these trees are good for the bees, the flowers, anyway...

this piece is created on a 8x8x2" piece of lumber. i took the photograph and printed in with my ink jet printer. Encaustics, beeswax collage, and xerox transfer were used to finish the piece. "grace brings contentment" is the message embedded in the wax.

Friday, July 17, 2009

il sole (soul)

I tried the embossing with a clay cookie stamper I had...for the sun....I wanted to show the side view with the metallic and relief on the wax...8x8x2"

canis minor

8x8x2 inches....

july 17, 18, 19

a new, bright journey....on 8x16x2" lumber--complete with glow in the dark stars!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

piece a day, working in series

this is just a comment/reflection on working in a series...and the piece a day concept...I just post for 2 or three days at a time...because I tend to think in, does anyone else have thoughts on this? I tend to work on all pieces at the same time for more continuity...

july 14-16, "three dog night"

This new series is part of the “piece a day” project, but is called “the dog days of summer”. There is a layered meaning to this project. Firstly, it comes from the passing of my dog, Ziggy. A friend told me that she heard about the origin of “the dog days of summer”…and the dog star, etc. This led me to investigate the origin of the term which I’ve included in this description. The name
The term "Dog Days" was used by the Greeks as well as the ancient Romans (who called these days caniculares dies (days of the dogs)) after Sirius (the "Dog Star", in Latin Canicula), the brightest star in the heavens besides the Sun. The dog days of summer are also called canicular days.
The Dog Days originally were the days when Sirius, the Dog Star, rose just before or at the same time as sunrise (heliacal rising), which is no longer true, owing to precession of the equinoxes. The ancients sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather.
In Ancient Rome, the Dog Days extended from July 24 through August 24 (or, alternatively July 23-August 23). In many European cultures (German, French, Italian) this is still the period to be the time of the Dog Days.
The Old Farmer's Almanac lists the traditional timing of the Dog Days as the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, coinciding with the ancient heliacal (at sunrise) rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. These are the days of the year when rainfall is at its lowest levels.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

posts for july 11, 12, 13

greetings. I am going to visit some family tomorrow until monday, so I thought I would post this piece all at once...process and together. I am not sure where the idea came from...found images including hands...then the hex...then some kind of motif to add interest..I thought it would be natural to use the mehndi: Mendhi (also Mehandi, Mehendi, etc.) is the application of Henna as a temporary form of skin decoration in South Asia, Southwest Asia, North Africa and the Horn of Africa, as well as by expatriate communities from these areas. Mehendi decorations became fashionable in the West in the late 1990s, where they are sometimes called henna tattoos. Henna is typically applied during special occasions like weddings and festivals. It is usually drawn on the palms and feet, where the color will be darkest because the skin contains higher levels of keratin which binds temporarily to lawsone, the colorant of henna. Henna was originally used as a form of decoration mainly for brides.

I am pretty excited about working on and posting my next series: dog days of summer (the dog star series). After that, I will be doing 2 workshops and "art in the garden"...event....SO, I think I will shift gears before the 24th...and then after my week at WMU, start on some Bigger pieces for entry shows. I HOPE TO SELL SOME ART SOON!!:)