recent paintings and news

recent paintings and news

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

encaustic monotype (sold)

I painted most of the day today and although I didn’t finish, it felt good to have a chunk of time to work. 

The extra time did allow me to complete some encaustic monotypes started at last week’s workshop. I usually work in sequence so the three individual images below will be presented as a triptych—still working out ideas re how to best display them.

I will be holding an encaustic monotype workshop on Tuesday, February 22. The fluidity of molten wax and colour combined with the immediacy and diversity of monotype, a form of printmaking, will be addressed in this 1 day workshop. Incorporating drawing and stencils for image transfer, you will engage and be inspired to play with collage, resist and relief techniques. We will also address temperature, adhesion, layering, surfaces and how to make your own encaustic drawing tools. You can find out more here or just email me. 

Voices of the Air

But then there comes that moment rare
When, for no cause that I can find,
The little voices of the air
Sound above all the sea and wind. 

The sea and wind do then obey
And sighing, sighing double notes
Of double basses, content to play
A droning chord for the little throats—

The little throats that sing and rise
Up into the light with lovely ease
And a kind of magical, sweet surprise
To hear and know themselves for these— 

 For these little voices: the bee, the fly,

The leaf that taps, the pod that breaks,
The breeze on the grass-tops bending by,
The shrill quick sound that the insect makes

Katherine Mansfield

Little Voices of the Air
encaustic monotype
left: 9x12in    middle: 12x14in    right: 9x12in


  1. Jan! I love these!! Love the texture, color and the poem with the images. A+!! Now I have to go back and click the link to learn more about it. Wish you lived closer, I'd be in your class!

  2. Very nice Jan. It's interesting to see the ideas and processes you were working on during my workshop used in a completed painting.
    Take a bow!

  3. Lovely poem and enjoy the images that go with it. The paintings have an old "manuscript" feel to them. Really like them.

  4. thanks Katherine--wish you lived closer too-I'd love to work with someone as inspiring and enthusiastic as you!

    Thanks to you too Stephanie-I so regret not taking pictures of your masterpieces..any more napkin works? That painting is a gem

    Glad you like them Catherine--really enjoy this medium as it takes you to places you never anticipated being in...