Still recovering from Ally Pally here!
It’s all very, very hectic at Clarity Towers,
so I came home for a nap.
My Mum always tells me, a little cat nap in the afternoon
is all it takes. Just 20 minutes does the trick…
Works for me every time.
I think it’s the switch-off.
It’s the momentary shutdown – rather like meditation,
but really thorough!
And none of us are getting any younger, are we??
Another way to switch off is craft –
provided you can keep your eyes open!!
Actually, I got caught on camera switching off at Ally Pally,
at the beginning of the day!
My dear friends, Mike and Shona Bossom, were attending,
and Mike was running little make n takes.
It wasn’t too busy first thing, so he invited me to join in.
Didn’t need any encouragement, I can tell you!
With 7 people manning the Clarity Stand, there was really no urgency around being back there, so I indulged.
And it was delightful.
Haven’t had time to play with my Encaustic art stash for years!
Used to enjoy it with the kids quite often.
But you know how it is.
When you craft for a living,
the last thing you want to do to switch off is craft !!!
But just to let Mike take the reins,
to let him guide us through the steps,
to follow his direction.
What sweet relief!
No wonder you enjoy doing workshops!
It must be so fun just following and doing!
Here are the pieces I made.
But I was happy with them.
One of the things I LOVE about encaustic art is
seeing things in the wax.
See the mountain roads and the canyon?
See the secret opening? The cave in the mountain side?
Even has a knocker!
Then I decided to start again.
Can you see the Grand Canyon falling away into the distance?
And at the front there are forests, dropping down the slope.
See the trees and foliage?
A few random poles.
Not sure what they are.
Wanted to practice my reeds,
ended up making snow markers!
Love the way the light shaft sits here.
See the sun hitting the back ridge?
Couldn’t do that twice!
And then I decided to put my reeds into perspective,
and try a red sky and a bird.
Now the reeds actually look like reeds.
And the bird?
Well, considering I didn’t have my specs with me
and did all of this in a virtual fog,
I am impressed with the bird!
So this is Ashdown Forest
and the Southdowns.
Even just showing you my modest attempts at encaustic art
has transported me away from work and slog.
I want to try again,
but this time I want to add the bluebells in the woods,
and the gorse bushes on the Downs.
The thing is,
that all of the above was pure serendipity.
Simply stopped when I liked where I had arrived,
and started a new waxy journey.
If you fancy turning your hand to Encaustic art,
follow this link to Mike and Shona’s Website.
Or just go soak up their inspiration and creative energy.
It is both invigorating and powerful.