Are We There Yet?

I think this is gonna have to be the title of the next encaustic. Who knows where these ideas come from? Anyway, I was working on the last two panels and applying collage elements Saturday when Curry took the last pictures. I still had to figure out the problems with the first ones. And I think I have….I applied too much heat with the apprehension that my elements wouldn’t stick down and not really having any experience with fusing. Now I know it works better to just lightly heat the surface, place elements, then apply a lot of medium, fuse lightly and just let it dry. Then you can scrape back when you want to see more of the collage pieces and leave the rest buried. Or that’s the way it’s working perfectly for the pieces I’m working on right now.

Back to the title stuff……… daughter and her boyfriend came by to see her dad on Father’s Day and they looked around my studio. He’s a pilot…and is going to fly me out to PineTop AZ for my next show at the Joyous Lake Gallery in August. So he said, he’d luuuve to have a wax painting. (I did a really nice collage for him when he flew me to Santa Fe a couple of years ago.) Anyway, after they left it dawned on me that the collage element in the painting needed lots of work and I set to adding a few pieces here and there from some maps from a trip to France.

……….Lo and behold, I looked at it and suddenly the original element of a rice paper with threads running through it looked just like all those big glass windows in so many airport terminals……..heck some of my mark making could have been interpreted at runways (lets don’t get too carried away here) and then with the map that I suddenly realized pointed to the Salvaza airport,….You can see why that title just had to be.

Now if it wasn’t so dark I would take a picture……….tomorrow I will although I covered up a lot of the map elements and it may be hard to be except in person.

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