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Encaustics and the discarded series

“Sordid” – encaustic on 10″ x 10″ cradled board, $250.00

As another branch of my “Discarded” series, I have been incorporating antique photography into encaustic works.

I have a fascination with antique photography. It’s sad and intriguing to find old family snaps and formal shots for sale at junk shops and antique stores. I can spend ages sifting through these crumbling old pages from someone else’s life.  I like the idea of giving them a new life by putting them into art pieces. I find these images so inspiring – precisely because I don’t actually know the people in them. It affords each image the potential of infinite stories.

My newest iteration of this series is incorporating these images into encaustic works. Encaustic is painting with melted wax, and you can do image transfers, collage and carving into the wax to build your image. I used the image transfer method to create this series.

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Seascapes

Pictured above, “Rolling”, watercolor, 32″ x 40″ framed.

Browsing through Facebook I saw a couple beautiful ocean shots taken by my friend Celia. (I occasionally scroll through Celia’s albums because she’s got an amazing eye. This is not the first painting I did inspired by her photography).

I’ve been looking for some subject matter that would translate well to a large canvas and my aesthetic, and that had a tendency toward abstraction. Celia’s photos felt like the perfect inspiration. Following are two large scale (22″ x 30″) paintings finished today. I think I may be on to something here.

"Break", watercolor painting by Rochelle Weiner

“Break”, watercolor painting by Rochelle Weiner

Inspiration found outside Galter Life Center

Hustling to my exercise class the other day at Galter Life Center in Chicago, I stopped in my tracks. I was running late, only minutes to check in, whip off my street togs, shower down and jump in the pool for the class that was about to start… but yet I stopped where I was, and reached into my bag.

You never know when you will find inspiration. For me I can say what will usually inspire me – intense color and great light. This is what I found the other day, a perfect combo. Outside the gym, the daylilies were blooming and the sun was hitting at such an angle I just couldn’t walk right by without trying to capture the moment. I had to snap a few.

I wasn’t sure if I got anything good I finally downloaded today and I think these are the best of the pack. Can’t wait to try and start painting them!

Original photo - "Shadows and daylilies"

Original photo - "Shadows and daylilies"

Daylilies

Daylilies

Close up of daylily

Close up of daylily

Under the tree

Under the tree

Fall in summer

Fall in summer

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