Wednesday, July 18, 2012

miriam's wall

12" x 12" paper, oils, cold wax, collage, oil based stain, and opaque paint marker.
Oh well, its just exploration. I'm not so pleased with the composition or the colors but I do like the bronze/cold wax mix on each side. I used the oil based stain to calm or maybe unify the colors. Some of the writing is taken from an ancient inscription (Miriam is my religious name). All together it was another learning experience in my cold wax odyssey. I've gessoed larger papers and am willing to keep going. I have plenty of cold wax, metallic powders and stacks of secret writings, codes and inscriptions and the weather is fine! I spend a few hours a day out on the deck and no matter the results of the work ...I'm having a happy summer.

Last week I had out of state company  which was great fun and I stopped to create some prayer flags (I'll share another time) and of course my loss of dear friend Florie. My best days and healing times are finding myself with ongoing art making.

 I know the weather is hot in so many places right now...I hope relief  is on the way with a cool breeze or a soft rain shower. Keep your drinks well iced and put on those shorts!

24 comments:

  1. I enjoy seeing your explorations, your journey into your new themes. my favorite part...the birds. not sure why but this reminds me of Morandi. Even though very different, the working with similar tones perhaps.

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    1. Thank you Suki, I agree I think the colors are similar to a Morandi work...the white against the orange shades.

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  2. Ooo . . "secret writings, codes, and inscriptions" ! . . tantilizing! And I also enjoy reading about your process . . using oil stain . . never thought of that. I have some unfinished oil & cold wax. Makes me want to go back and finish them. Love the grid composition.

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    1. Jann, Oil based stain has helped me out of a lot of messes...I'm partial to Golden Oak! ha

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  3. I find the composition interesting...like gazing inwards through a portal of some kind.
    Its good to hear you are enjoying the summer and finding yourself in art making.

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    1. Leslie, Yes, I'm enjoying my summer painting on the deck...changing it up a bit, hauling out paper towels, jars and such has been like visiting another studio!

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  4. for me, when I say.. oh well it's just exploration, or it is just for fun, that is when I know I am on to something, because I have released my attachment to the outcome and let my muse take over... wonderful... cannot wait to see where it goes..

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    1. Caterina, I completely agree about suspending attachment...sometimes a pleasant surprise happens or not but its the play isn't it?

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  5. this caught my eye as my regular (and religious) name is Miriam. I love the composition, and color and am very interested in the process - marvelous coloring.

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    1. Mim, We are two Miriams! I was given the name way back when I was 22 years old and have loved the name!

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  6. Not sure why you're not pleased with this piece; I guess something inside you tells you it's not finished or needs to be pushed a little further? I like it! The warm colours and intriguing bird shapes sitting along what looks to me to be a window ledge; the mysterious markings (love secret writings). Lights in the windows, a ladder to the window, a stone or mud home in a dry desert land...lots of room for my imagination to roam here...

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    1. louciao, I like where you are going... I'm going in that direction too...dry desert land, inscriptions. I wasn't pleased with the colors but the stain has calmed or unified it a bit.

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  7. Well, Miriam's Wall!
    !מסתורי כל כך. יפה מאוד
    Just wonderful exploration!

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    1. How did you do that? I mean write Hebrew and English. My DH will need to read to me...I was held back in the reading and writing Hebrew!

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  8. love to see the cold wax exploration and additions of other mediums. I think the best discoveries come this way. I love the colours and I am always partial to the transparency of stains. And mystery is always so tantalizing. Looking forward to more inscriptions.

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    1. Carole, This combination of oil/cold wax/metallics has been a challenge. Creating mystery if the most fun!

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    1. Wanda, Thank you for your good words and especially for visiting me!

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  10. I really love this piece. I see a grouping of water jugs which has a lovely resonance with the story of Miriam. I see the Hebrew letter 'sheen'/'sh' scratched several times into the surface and a message written on the wall. Also beautiful light or fire in what appears to be 'windows'. And I love your play of Well/Wall. This piece glows with an internal light.

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  11. Sharon, Yes, the water jugs! I'm smiling, your words have left me transparent! ha thank you.

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  12. Happy summer? It shows- thanks for sharing it with this presentation!

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    1. Lyn, Appreciate your good summer wishes!

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  13. I'm loving that the water jugs at first appeared to me as birds. Such sweet messengers.
    Love the warmth of this,,,and the scratching and mark making.
    so much to think about re: well/wall.
    Myself, I think it's a very successful piece!

    Speaking of warmth,,,,,oh no, let's don't go there. We've cooled off to 100 today, and I wouldn't want to jinx it.
    :-)

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    1. Babs, I like your take on this one. Yes, like birds on a wire to me but closer look...old water jugs?!
      Keep cool!

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