Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Encaustic marathon

Here's some more stuff I've been working on lately...the bird above is my fav so far - just love the look of egrets and herons. I'll never forget fishing early one morning on the Sandy river almost at Marmot dam (which is no more) - the forest coming up around me, testing out the weird made-up flys I did the day before. No one was there yet (it could get annoyingly crowded and tended to attract a lot of snaggers, chucking all kinds of monstrosities into the water), and I'm standing on a rock, casting out into the water, and all of the sudden this massive Great Blue Heron soars out through the trees and and follows the river a little, coming straight towards me through the misty, crisp morning air, breaking through the constant white noise of the river. It looked prehistoric- like I was on a movie set. It was just SO massive, it seemed unreal. Wonderful bright color, too - intensely dark periwinkle blue. It wooshed over me and disappeared again. It obviously realized what a bad fisherman I was and got the hell out- but I still had a great time climbing around on the boulders trying to find the perfect spot to cast my fancy little flies that no fish wanted... and the heron made my day all worth while.

Been experimenting with jellyfish with the encaustic because it has such a nice translucent quality about it. Still trying to get the tentacle area right. It's been hard to make it stand out enough and look right, but not too much like a craft project gone awry with streamers and whatnot.

Here's some more "stitching" patchwork stuff. I kind of like the idea of a 2-D object having to be stitched onto the page to make it stay.

Here's a little landscape after a scene in a movie I was watching. It's St. Petersburg in Russia.


  1. These are really nice, particularly like the birds--also, I've attempted to capture the underwater world you're working on--nice job. It's not easy!

  2. These are amazing!!! I love the jellyfish!!