Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Hint of Mystery

Here's another encaustic mixed media piece
 from my exploration last weekend.




It combines layers of clear wax, 
a touch of red, yellow-gold and lots 
of titanium white encaustic paint, 
layered handmade paper with Asian chop
 and medallion images, and layered text 
printed on tissue paper with words like

hidden knowledge
soul
sacred energies

Atop all these layers of paper and wax, 
all fused to the board one at a time with a heat gun,
I distressed the surface, 
then rubbed it with graphite. 
I removed the excess graphite 
with super-fine steel wool.


VoilĂ  - the finished piece.

The way I see it,
it never hurts to embed a bit of soul
and a lot of sacred energy
into an art piece.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Haiku My Heart: Reaching

Haiku My Heart
will touch yours.


Click HERE to find a list of participants
so you can visit each and every one.



arms reaching skyward
swaying, arching, tasting joy
wind provides music


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday: In Many Guises

Joy comes in many packages.



Tree fingers reaching for an icy blue sky
when your breath makes little clouds.


Things seen through the cloudy haze of memory
and things that are merely imagined.



Things reminiscent of times past.
Pale blue and green glass.




Full moons on nights when the clouds give way
to let the heavens sparkle.


In what wrappings did you find JOY
this week?

Share the JOY.

To play along:

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and let their joy infect you.  
Leave them a comment about their post.
Let's start an epidemic of joy!





Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Going With the Flow

Even though it was billed as a Photo Encaustic workshop,  
since there was plenty of encaustic paint, 
a huge supply  of post card-sized board,
and I was in a "what if?" mood 





I tried my hand at plain old 


Untitled #1 © 2011 Meri Arnett-Kremian

encaustic painting in miniature.



Untitled # 3 © 2011 Meri Arnett-Kremian

You have only minimal control over the outcome
once you put multiple colors on the surface
and apply heat.

A nightmare for some. . . .
but there's a gift in going with the flow.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Ending a Period of Silence



I've been in an art cocoon the past few days.
Drove to Seattle for a photo encaustic workshop


at Northwest Encaustics in West Seattle
with an artist named Daniel Santjer.


Made two 11 x 14 pieces from my photos



that Daniel printed and mounted to cradled board.


But the most fun came from just playing 
on post card-sized boards,
doing encaustic minis. . .



I don't want to overload you,
so I'll share more as the week goes along.

The piece above consisted of two base layers of
titanium white wax, each fused with heat.
Next came some gold, yellow and orange encaustic colors
plus a heat session.
Next I placed some tissue layers or decorative papers
 with Asian writing
one at a time with clear medium (plus heat).
The figures are from a toner copy
burnished in and then rubbed with water
until all the paper rubs away. 
I lightly fused it (too much heat and the toner moves).
The final step was to lightly mark up the edges with
a wire brush and then rub in some dry pigment.



Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday: A Medal for My Heroine





It fills me with JOY that one of my inspirations
Maya Angelou
received the Medal of Freedom this week.

Photo from Maya Angelou.com photo gallery
It fills me with JOY to remember that the winds
of Seattle's Inauguration Day storm in 1993
waited to blow out the power until after 
Dr. Angelou had delivered her inaugural poem.



It fills me with JOY to remember a wonderful
Black History Week during which my employer
brought Maya Angelou to recite poetry in
the headquarters auditorium and I was able
to sit in silent awe and let her powerful words
and the sound of her velvety musical voice
wash over me.

Photo from Maya Angelou.com photo gallery.


It fills me with JOY to hear her say
in Oprah's Master Class segment

Words have power. Use them carefully.
Love liberates. It doesn't bind.
Prepare yourself to be the rainbow in someone's cloud.

because she unwaveringly  gives voice to truths
that reside in my heart.



What gives you JOY?
What makes you arrive at your destination full of hope?

Won't you share it with us?

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and let their joy infect you.  
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Today is the anniversary of the birth
of Susan Brownell Anthony,
the 19th and early 20th Century women's rights activist
who worked tirelessly to secure the vote for women.

In 1872, she was tried for having attempted to vote.

She died in 1906, fourteen years 
before the 19th Amendment was ratified.


Monday, February 14, 2011

A Valentine Wish

Sending you love
and the pink roses of friendship
this Valentine's Day.



May you be showered with love
from a special person,
may you return that love and then some,
may your love multiply and
blanket the world.


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Puppy Love




Yesterday someone dropped by with her puppy
and now I've got at least 
a moderate case of puppy lust.



My Bichon LattĂ© died in June at 14 



and I've gotten used to not reflexively reaching 
for the dog treats when I go to the store.
I no longer expect to see her dancing in joy
when I open the door.
.

I'm loving not having to worry about getting home
to let her out after three or four hours.


But a shadow of her still hangs around,
reminding me of the companionship she offered.



I really don't want the dog-mom responsibilities,
but still. . . .


Friday, February 11, 2011

Haiku My Heart: Egypt


To revel in the beauty of words
strung together like carefully matched pearls

Then, flush with inspiration,
join in with words of your own.


Philae at Dawn © 2009 Meri Arnett-Kremian



sunrise brings a new day
governments fall, people cheer
ancient stones listen

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday: Sufficiency and Love



What gives me JOY?

A feeling of sufficiency with regard to basic needs.




Books to read and a mug of something warm to drink.



Walking at the place where water and land meet.



Stumbling across evidence that love still thrives.




There are endless sources of JOY,
and at least A Thousand Beautiful Things to celebrate.




Won't you spend a little time
looking for JOY
and sharing it with us?

To play along:

1. do a post that tells and shows us what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post 
and paste it into the Mr. Linky box 
along with your name.

3. visit other players -- as many as possible -- 
and let their joy infect you.  
Leave them a comment about their post.
Let's start an epidemic of joy!


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Gratitude

© 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian



Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos into order, confusion into clarity...

© 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian

It turns problems into gifts,
failures into success,
the unexpected into perfect timing,
and mistakes into important events.


Retablo (photograph © 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian)


Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today
and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie

Image © 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian

    

Monday, February 7, 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011

Haiku My Heart: Marionettes


For more Haiku My Heart, click HERE




Hanging by a Slender Thread © 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian


hanging by thin strings
everything you do, scripted
by another's hands

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday: Such Little Things

A heart full of joy is purchased for so little,
for just the cost of a moment's notice

a heartbeat in your day. . . 



It might be found in 
a basket of white tulips sitting on table



the stillness of water and perfect reflections




little pink soaps in the shape of hearts



watering cans sitting on a worn shelf painted white



or when a couple of numerals sitting side by side
 remind you what life was like 
before you trashed your knee on the ski slopes


what life was like when you never thought 
you'd acquire the patina of age.


Won't you spend a little time
looking for JOY
and sharing it with us?


To play along:

1. do a post that tells and shows us what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post 
and paste it into the Mr. Linky box 
along with your name.

3. visit other players -- as many as possible -- 
and let their joy infect you.  
Leave them a comment about their post.
Let's start an epidemic of joy!