Thursday, July 30, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
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
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!!:)
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Portrait of an artist as a beekeeper: multitasking Today’s entry is less of an encaustic piece, and more of a glimpse into my process: multitasking. I am not recommending this method for anyone else, as sometimes one ends up becoming overwhelmed and makes silly mistakes. Take today, for instance, when I “tested the electric fence” with my HAND by accident. I forgot to shut it off and was trying to shove the lawn mower under it to get to the beeyard…Youch! Wake-up! No harm done, just a reminder to slow down and concentrate. I have had a strange urge to try it out, but could never work up the courage…until today I did it blindly! Also, the studio is messy. The images depict my 2 work surfaces, and then the lumber waiting for its turn with the alchemist…waiting to be turned into “piece of the day”….oh yes, the beeswax masks. While I have been working the past 10 days, the bees have been working on decorating these masks with honeycomb. Sometimes multitasking is not bad when you have help!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
this piece is done on 8x16x2 inch lumber. I drew the raven images on a piece of board last year...and it has been sitting in my hallway. I decided to photograph the drawing and print it out on the ink jet printer....it came out too dark the first time, so I had 2 copies. I embedded the images into wax and collaged in some historical newspaper clippings. The encaustic colors were a chocolate brown and black. the inky richness of this piece felt comforting during the cold, rainy weather we were having. The birds are a sign..mostly good, but represent the passing of souls. This piece also corresponds with the passing of one of our beloved pet dogs.