Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
Oil Painting

Song of the Witches
by William Shakespeare

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Saturday's Inspiration - Children

The Palmer Arts Council "Make I And Take It" event was so much fun this is what the kids made in my assemblage class. Basically I threw my junque on the table with paint, glue, cigar boxes, Altoid tins, hot glue gun, a whole plethora of objects and just said go for it. It was the mess that attracted them I think, plus there was the added bonus of me getting rid of a bunch of junk. They were proud of thier crazy creations and even wanted to put them of e-bay. The parents just said; ok???

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tuesdays Inspiration - FEET

Your Feet
When I cannot look at your face
I look at your feet.
Your feet of arched bone,
of your hard little feet.
I know that they support you,
and that your sweet weight
rises upon them.
Your waist and your breasts,
the doubled purple of your nipples,
the sockets of your eyes
that have just flown away,
your wide fruit mouth,
your red tresses,
my little tower.
But I love your feet
only because they walked
upon the earth and upon
the wind and upon the waters,
until they found me.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Raven, Raven Monday or Wax on Wax On

It's been a busy week for me painting on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I worked at the Firefly Gallery last Tuesday and I'll be there again Wednesday the 21st. I've created some spooky Halloween art and other curious artifacts and for the Shamhain also known as Halloween, I am painting a beautiful witch brewing up a love potion. Will post her when she is ready and not until.

Thursday I attended my Valley Art Alliance Meeting and got ready for the workshop the next day.

Last Friday night I gave my Encaustic Demonstration and Mini Workshop it went fairly well there were 11 attendies, everyone had a good time inspire of quite a few technical difficulties: the venue at last minute cancelled, so we held it in a garage, there were space issues, electrical issues, cold issues. Well I learned what to do better next time I hold a workshop. My goal is to have a three day workshop next time with lots of studio space set up for encaustics and really let people get into the medium. I do my part to spread the cult-of-the wax.

Peter's birthday was on Saturday he has a lovely tradition of getting other people something for his birthday I was the benefactor and recieved a big Persian rug the real deal from an estate sale also a little Queen Anne desk that needs restoring I SCORED! From Me and Porter he got Dish TV (I personally hate the idea of paying for the boob toob) but he wanted it. Later Nick, Nicole and G Kids Max and Jackson came over and we had a barbeque, played golf on the WII Fit and ate birthday cake, it was a pretty mellow day.

I joined the International Encaustics Association last week and Sunday went to the 3rd meeting of IEA, we discussed the upcoming encaustic show at Delorias, and I took the hanging job. Sheary talked about the IEA Convention that she just attended in Carmel, CA.
We had show and tell where I showed off my Yapita and Digonees the Flautist (they were amazed) another woman painted a fishing trawler on iron wood from the wreck (very, very cool).
I learned how to make a good transfer without zerox and water that was worth the gas money to get to Anchorage. Kelli sent me more cool raven images but it's bedtime and I must make myself go to sleep.

Today Monday again and I got happy and excited to paint more Ravens and try out my new transfer technique. Here is Raven, Raven Monday
A Murder of Ravens
Encaustic Transfer
Judy Vars

Saturday, October 10, 2009

200 Years Later Poe Gets a Proper Funeral

Quoth the Raven "Nevermore"

Encaustic Painting/Collage

Judy Vars

This one is not yet finished I was given a wonderful large black Gothic baroque style frame it's extravagantly ornate and fits this piece nicely. It needs to be cut down, luckily I am married to a carpenter who as of late has been so good to frame up my artwork. When it's finished I will probably post the painting again.

Tomorrow is Poe's re-funeral, he died in Baltimore, MD at the ripe old age of 40, he was found outside a tavern and taken to a hospital where he died 2 days later. The actual cause of his death is a mystery although the evidence of the influence of alcohol is strongly disputed. His cousin neglected to tell anyone so only 7 people attended his first funeral. Now 200 years later this great fiction writer will get a proper funeral.

A likeness of his body is laying in state in his Amity Street home and will be transported via an antique horse drawn hearse to Westminster Hall. Where the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be playing speakers will be such notables as Sir Alfred Hitchcock, H.P. Lovecraft, Sir Author Conan Doyle, Monte Maxwell, organist for the United States Naval Academy who will play the 1889 Johnson organ. Since I cannot attend tomorrow yet I also will be there in spirit. I hope this re-funeral gives Edgar a chuckle. RIP (we hope not).

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Encaustic Demo

Encaustic Wax Demonstration and
Mini Workshop
Given byJudy Vars
@Make A Scene1201 Melanie Avenue
Wasilla, AK
October 16th from 4:00 until 7:00
15.00 for class and 20.00 for suppliesTo register contact Kimberly 841-3635 or Make a Scene 373-2698 space is limited so call early
Encaustic wax art is pure organic beeswax and dammar resin. The pigments are high quality cakes of wax made with natural ingredients like oil paints. Encaustic which simply means to burn in. the wax is melted on a hot pallet and applied to the substrate hot, it cools instantly, then each layer is then reheated and the next layer is applied.
Encaustic painting is like nothing else it has a depth and luminosity that other mediums cannot achieve. Because the wax is malleable there are infinite possibilities. Each painting is unique. You will be provided with all the materials to makeyour own one-of-a-kind work of art.