When you suffer a disappointment, the trick is to throw yourself into something that is fun, something that maybe you are good at, something that you love.
I made a painting.
I’m doing an encaustic lesson with my 9th period classes, using my own supplies from home – crock-pot of wax, two pancake griddles and my messy wax-only brushes. The melted beeswax was seducing me with its pungency. That plus thinking about Linda Bigness enjoying the bliss of mark-making. She sold the painting that I watched her create during that video we made.
And so, when my friend Stephanie asked for a bigger painting of a heart, I complied.
I lacquered it and mounted it to chalkboard-painted masonite and added the dominoes as a frame. It will be ready to ship to Florida in about a month. Steph is officially a patron, owning four (and soon five) of my paintings.
I want to make another series of heart encaustics now (no doubt due to my obsession with making a dozen of something – I know you were thinking it!).
In 2012, when I took that Syracuse University graduate course on encaustic with the amazing Davana Wilkins as instructor and mentor, I had this idea that I would just make a bunch of heart paintings. She convinced me to push myself out of my comfort zone and create other iconography, the result of which were the horse and cow paintings.
I’ve sold all but two of the heart paintings. I need to take inventory of the rest. I think I have sold four of the twelve horse paintings now and I gave away a cow painting to one of my favorite students, Zachary, who lives on a dairy farm. The cows are more of a tough sell, I guess.
But hearts, now that is the motif of motifs. You gotta love a heart. <3