Egg Decorating In An Artists’ Home

Easter Eggs

Happy Resurrection Day from Loveland! I’m going to put up this quick little post on behalf of my hubby, Scott Freeman, because he wanted to share our egg decorating tradition with the world this year. Decorating Easter eggs is something we have done since we were both in art school, way back in the 1980s. We blow out the insides of the eggs, through tiny holes, and decorate the shells. We’ve been saving them for all these years, though plenty have broken by now.

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Easter Eggs

Rooster egg by Scott

It seems Easter eggs are somewhat out of favor with some branches of Christian believers these days. There are notions about eggs and rabbits linked with false “gods” and such. Scott and I have made a careful study of these topics in past years. We did this partly out of curiosity, and because we just like to know stuff. We also did it because we both have a deep interest in being close to God, and living in a way that pleases Him, as much as we can. We feel that the main way to do this is to love Him and people. However, as artists, we sincerely wish to use our gifts to honor the God for whom we profess to live. Would you like to know what we found out?

Easter Eggs

A couple of eggs I painted

"Jonah" egg, by Scott

“Jonah” egg, by Scott

Easter Eggs

Humpty Dumpty and Cat eggs, by Scott

The most important conclusions we discovered are elaborated in this post (click here) from Scott’s blog, “Art And Life Notes,” which is also a WordPress blog. Suffice it to say that there is ample evidence to conclude that eggs are a part of the holiday not because of any link to any “god” at all, really. It is likely that there were simply an abundance of them to be eaten on Easter, for reasons which I do not fully recall. Some theorize that folks were not eating eggs during the season of Lent, so the eggs piled up. In any case, there is really not a shred of evidence that the traditional use of eggs was about pagan fertility, unless you count a lot of Christians saying that it’s “obvious.”

pug egg, by Scott

pug egg, by Scott

In the meantime, we continue to decorate eggs, and to enjoy doing so. I have posted several photos Scott used in his Facebook post, so you can take a look. If you are into egg decorating, Scott and I would love to see what you’ve been up to, too!

Music, Art, And Worship (My Favorite Stuff!)

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Jorie Henderson leads an evening of worship.

Music is the language of my heart. Nothing can reach me in quite the same way. It transcends words and preconceived ideas. Perhaps that is why music is such an important part of worship. Oh yes, you can worship God without music; it is certainly possible to enjoy music without engaging in worship. But put together music, worship, art, and a bunch of people you love, and it’s surely a taste of heaven.

Drummer Matt Henderson

Drummer Matt Henderson

Last week, my good friends, Jorie and Matt Henderson, brought together all of these elements in a beautiful evening of worship as they recorded music and video for their new music project, “Love Like Fire.” Jorie is a gifted vocalist, song writer, and keyboard player. Her husband, Matt, is a fine drummer and sound engineer. They’ve been working on some new music, and it’s all worship music. They have also enlisted some excellent musicians who are passionate about Jesus to be a part of this project. And, they called me and my artist friend, Sandy Beegle, to do live painting for the recording session.

Matt and Jorie had the auditorium set up to be vibey and cozy, with candles and chairs all facing the center. (But we were not confined to chairs, no sirree!) Our friend and pastor, Diane, was on hand to start us off with a rousing prayer. Later, Miss Aubrey stirred things up with more prayer. Folks were free to praise and worship and groove. Guitarist Dave Beegle added his awesome electric sound to the mix, and Emily Chamberlain (pastor/worship team member) led her song, “Beautiful God,” which I haven’t been able to stop singing ever since.

It’s so delightful to be in the company of people from several generations, coming together for the purpose of worshiping God. I saw young kids dancing and singing, college age guys and girls, grandmas and grandpas, and every age in between. Taking a couple of hours out of our busy lives to enjoy each other and God is something that is hard to find time to do, yet I’m always so glad I’ve done it.

"Throne Room II" - worship painting by Mollie Walker Freeman

“Throne Room II” – worship painting by Mollie Walker Freeman

My painting from that evening is another “throne room” picture, based upon my impressions from the book of Revelation. I tend to revisit these themes numerous times because I do not tire of imagining them, and, I suppose, because I really don’t know what they “should” look like. It’s fun to see what else happens as I paint this theme again and again. While I was working on the emerald rainbow, Sandy was painting an image inspired by the verse about mounting up on eagle’s wings. She is a great painter, and it’s always fun to see what she comes up with!

 

Sandy Beegle's painting

Sandy Beegle’s painting

As soon as I have definite info on how you can find this music, I’ll post it here for y’all.

Sandy and Mollie

Art, College, And Philanthropy

A round peg in a square hole – have you ever thought of yourself this way? Most artists and creative people are “different,” to put it politely. But really, we’re all unique, aren’t we? Still, I remember wanting desperately to be a lot more like my peers in elementary school. Eventually, I went to an art college (Kansas City Art Institute), and learned to be nearly as “different” as my classmates. No conformists among us, no sir!

That's Caleb on the right, with his sister and brother, at one of his favorite events: a baseball game.

That’s Caleb on the right, with his sister and brother, at one of his favorite events: a baseball game.

My artist husband, Scott, and I had 5 children, and all of them have unique talents and are blessed with difference, as well. Our youngest son opted to ride a unicycle (as well as 2 of his siblings) for the sheer fact of making sure he was not like his bike-riding friends. But our firstborn, Caleb, has another distinction: he is disabled.

I realize that many, many people have disabilities. It’s a wonder of our age that people are able to live and often flourish in the present day who would once have died or been pushed to the outermost fringes of existence. Caleb is one such young man. During his birth, Caleb was without oxygen for a time, which resulted in epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and partial blindness. Thanks to medications, his seizure activity was kept to a minimum during childhood. He has been off of the medication for several years now.

Caleb helps with church ministries on campus and off.

Caleb helps with church ministries on campus and off.

As a young child, Caleb had some very high quality care. Later, our options thinned out considerably, and I ended up home schooling him. Thanks to that, he is able to read and is proficient on a computer. Because his issue is in his brain, Braille is not a workable option for Caleb, but we did not know this when he was young. His school wanted to teach him Braille, and I continued with it for a year or so. However, if not for me, he may never have learned adequate print reading skills.

The fact is that Caleb simply did not “fit” any of the existing programs as he was being educated. To his sighted friends, he seemed clearly disabled. To his blind and visually impaired peers, and compared to those with various other disabilities we knew, he was the “highest functioning.” That made Caleb feel like he “should” be able to do things he saw others do. But “normal” activities were very taxing and burdensome for him. He later went to a “regular” high school and graduated with average grades.

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Caleb is now 28 years old. He has been in school every year since before his first birthday. His disabilities prevent him from taking more than 2 or 3 classes at a time. He has been a senior at Colorado State University for the past few years, and may complete his degree next year. He is very happy about the possibility to earn a living in his field, which is natural resources. However, he has run into a problem.

A nice chunk of Caleb’s tuition for the past few years has been paid by a government agency, the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. He’s had some wonderful case workers, and some not so great. But none of them have stuck around. It seems they never can quite keep up with the workload. Recently, Caleb got a new case worker.

The timing of this change was unfortunate; Caleb was attempting to connect with the new case worker during the time when she needed to assist him in applying for coverage of his spring 2014 tuition. She did not do it in time, and the deadline passed. Now, Caleb is in need of some other kind of assistance in order to continue with school. Caleb may be 28 years old and living on his own, but I am still his mother.

I have set up a fund-raising page for Caleb, and if you click here, you can see it. I am donating a painting (that has gotten a lot of great attention) to the cause. For every donation of $25, one entry will be made for the donor into a draw for the painting, “All About The Ladder.” The drawing will happen if and when the full amount is raised, and we’re now over half way there.

"All About The Ladder" by Mollie Walker Freeman

“All About The Ladder” by Mollie Walker Freeman

I’m not generally supportive of everyone who has a financial crisis going to the internet to try to get their friends to bail them out. This is something worth doing, I believe. Okay, perhaps I’m a bit biased? Either way, if you want to donate to Caleb, we’ll all appreciate it greatly.

 

Abiding In The Vine

It’s Independence Day in America, and I’m wondering how it got to be this late in the year. July 4th is kind of a big deal here. We are celebrating the “birthday” of our country, the day upon which our famous document, The Declaration of Independence, was signed. I grew up watching community fireworks celebrations, and I never missed a single year until recently. It was pouring rain in our town, so the festivities were postponed for a day or two a couple of years ago.

 

"Grapes" by Mollie Walker Freeman

“Grapes” by Mollie Walker Freeman

So, how did it get to be July already? The thing is, I seem to always be sideswiped by the month of May. Do the dozens of concerts, plays, induction ceremonies, awards ceremonies, graduation parties, bridal showers, birthdays, etc. in May make you feel your are on a carnival ride and cannot get off? That is how it can feel to me.

This May, we had a crisis thrown into the traditional mix. My husband, Scott had his appendix burst, and spent about a week in the hospital. The day of his surgery was the day of my kids’ dress rehearsal for a concert, as well as my daughter’s receipt of a “letter,” neither of which she was allowed to miss for any reason.

"True Vine" by Mollie Walker Freeman

“True Vine” by Mollie Walker Freeman

I managed to keep myself together, with the support of my family and friends, during this time. But, all the stress and insanity of schedule eventually took its toll. I was stressed out!

In times of intense stress, it’s good to be reminded that I am not alone. We are not alone. I had the opportunity to paint in a couple of church services during May and June. Both times, I felt inspired to paint grape vines. In the book of John, we are told that branches which bear fruit will be pruned, and this is a good thing. Come to think of it, it did sort of feel like someone was whacking away at me! Jesus also tells us that remaining (abiding) in the vine (God and His love) is the only way to bear fruit. He also calls us “friends.”

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This is the grapevine in my garden, laden with small, still-green grapes.

Sometimes it’s not so easy to remember just how close God actually is. That He actually invites me to live “in” Him. Thinking about these verses and what they mean has helped me through this difficult time. Now, my grape vine is producing grapes. Every day as I walk through my garden, I can be reminded of the True Vine, my source of life.

 

 

Value Added: A Mural For Lake Providence

Meaningful, life-enhancing work is the best kind of work there is. In fact, it’s the only work that interests some of us. Perhaps it’s the only kind of work that yields long term rewards. This is the kind of work I witnessed in Lake Providence, Louisiana earlier this month.

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Lake Providence is small and located in a beautiful spot along the Mississippi River, near Arkansas and Mississippi. Last week, it was sunny and warm, mostly. Spring flowers were everywhere, and if you know me at all, you know this thrilled me! Just before we had arrived, the town had received 6 inches of rain in a single day, and many residential yards and roads were flooded. It did not seem to be much of a problem for anyone, though. No one there has basements, and they seem to be generally prepared for lots of water.

Sunset over Lake Providence

Sunset over Lake Providence

So, why did 20 or so people from Colorado spend a week in Lake Providence creating a huge mural on the side of an old building? Well, it’s a long story, so I’ll just hit a few points in this little post. Bottom line is that we have found some people we love there. These folks have had a sometimes difficult and discouraging history, being identified by Time Magazine as the “poorest place in America” in 1994, and having that label quoted again and again since then. It has also picked up the label “most unequal place in America,” though I’d be hard pressed to single out this town from all the other racially tense communities in the South.

Sometimes people seem satisfied to live with the negative aspects of their lives, but when they are ready to move on, to move toward positive change, they benefit from the support of others. I have many close relatives in the deep South, and am quite familiar with the “issues” that exist there. Yet, what I saw last week gave me renewed hope that some folks are ready to do the hard work of participating in a paradigm shift.

Southern hospitality = food!

Southern hospitality = food!

While working on the mural, we were treated like royalty in Lake Providence. The locals, black and white alike, cheered us on, fed us, showed us the beauty of their town, fed us some more, engaged us in conversation and laughter, and then fed us again! We ate at local restaurants, including a favorite among us called “My Dream Eatery,” which actually catered several meals for us as we worked.

As small as L.P. is, in a way it’s expanding its horizons as the world around it shrinks. Ease of technology and travel has made it possible for a true relationship to develop between some citizens of Loveland, Colorado and this little town far away. The pastor of my church, Jonathan Wiggins, was once employed by Providence Church in L.P., where his father in law, Don Boyett, is pastor.

During the past couple of years, Pastor Wiggins and Pastor Boyett have fostered new friendships between the members of their two churches. Quite a few folks have taken plane rides across the country- in both directions – to further those relationships. But it doesn’t stop there. Other people are reaching out from this pool of friends and including people from other churches and organizations from both Lake Providence and northern Colorado.

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“Destiny Words”

The mural is called “Destiny Words.” It was inspired by a project using “value words” by painting positive words on parking spaces in another town, which was followed by a decrease in crime and other positive trends. When Aubrey Grieser, from Colorado and now living in Lake Providence, heard about this project, she arrived at the idea of this mural. The mural speaks words of  positive change and a new identity over the town of Lake Providence. (Aubrey is the director of Love Your Community – The Delta/Lake Providence, which can be found on Facebook.)

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But, what’s “in it” for me? Each of the artists and family members went to L.P. on our own time, and our own “dime.” We raised support, and some of you readers helped me do this by purchasing paintings. Some of us have the type of work that does not pay when we are not on the job, so it cost us in this way, also. But the opportunity to be involved in something that can steer history in a positive direction, something we believe God is doing, is worth every cent and every minute. And who can put a price on a friend?

That's me, painting the mural with my good friend, Sandy.

That’s me, painting the mural with my good friend, Sandy.

I have the feeling that this is really just the beginning of what we’ll see in Lake Providence, and in this friendship. A larger group from Resurrection Fellowship will be going to Lake Providence this summer for the second annual dance camp with the kids of L.P.

If you want to read more about the relationship between Loveland and Lake Providence, here’s an article for you (just click here!) Also, here is a website created for the mural, and on-going activity that springs from the project (click here).

LP UR Loved

 

The Stuff Of Childhood: Children’s Book Illustrations

by Arthur Rackham

by Arthur Rackham

Flying carpets, pirate adventures, talking caterpillars becoming butterflies and toys that came to life – many were the hours I dreamed through the pages of books during my childhood. The teachers in my life (several friends & relatives) tell me that they can always tell which students have had books read to them at home. My parents surely read to me, and I still own many of the books I had as a young child. I read these books, and too many more to count, to my children.

by Laura Cornell

by Laura Cornell

But what would these books be without their illustrations? Being a highly visual person, it was the images that enamored me forever. When I see a Jessie Wilcox Smith painting or a Leo Lionni collage, I’m instantly back there again – in my childhood imagination. It was the pictures that left me dreaming of the cloudy land at the top of the beanstalk or the secret life inside the doll’s house.

by Beatrix Potter

by Beatrix Potter

My husband, Scott Freeman, has illustrated two children’s books, and is currently in the process of doing a third book, authored by a woman named Beth El Kurchner. He’s also working on some new books, which he will be authoring himself, in conjunction with a new website he plans to launch June 1. So, all this has me thinking about the topic, and wanting to share with you readers some of the illustrations that have captured my affections both as a child and as a parent.

by Leo Lionni

by Leo Lionni

It’s a good topic to consider with regard to re-purposing, too. After all, stories are re-told; illustrators jump at the chance to depict a classic tale. In our home, we made a study of which re-tellings and re-workings of illustrations were our favorites, and analysed every aspect of difference. Some of Scott’s upcoming works will be adaptations and new editions of classics.

So many noteworthy illustrators have caught our attention through the years that it’s almost unfair to feature particular ones, since so many will unavoidably be left out. Please understand that for each picture I show you here, there are probably a hundred or more I’d love to include.

by Chris VanAllsburg

by Chris VanAllsburg

Art Mission Trip Sale

"Waiting" by Mollie Walker Freeman, 20" x 26" on board

“Waiting” by Mollie Walker Freeman, 20″ x 26″ on board

Art sitting in my studio is not usually seen by many people, and so, I like to get it into the hands of someone who will enjoy it. When I know that one of my paintings is hanging in the home of a friend, even if I’ve only just met this person (a new friend, then) I am satisfied that it is fulfilling its intended purpose.

This spring, I have the opportunity to help make some art that has the potential to be seen by many people and to have a positive impact on an entire community. In fact, it is possible that this piece of artwork could influence multiple communities that could use some encouragement.

"Grace and Truth" worship painting by Mollie Walker Freeman. 17" x 25" on board

“Grace and Truth” worship painting by Mollie Walker Freeman. 17″ x 25″ on board

My husband and I plan to participate in a mission trip to a small town in the South where poverty and racial tensions have cast an oppressive shadow for generations. We will be working with citizens of the town to create a mural that features images from the positive and uplifting aspects of the community, along with a series of words like “Hope,” “Courage” and “Impact.” We will be working with a church from our hometown, as well as churches from the town which is hosting us.

"Unity - A Prayer" by Mollie Walker Freeman, 30" x 30" on canvas

“Unity – A Prayer” by Mollie Walker Freeman, 30″ x 30″ on canvas

Of course, this mural alone cannot be expected to effect the change that folks are wanting. This project is part of an on-going relationship between our 2 towns, and between numerous churches and individuals. We are all learning from and encouraging each other, because in these days of inter-connectedness, we are able to be a help to each other in greater ways than ever.

"Throne Room" by Mollie Walker Freeman, 20 1/2" x 26 1/2" on board

“Throne Room” by Mollie Walker Freeman, 20 1/2″ x 26 1/2″ on board

Over the past couple of years, there have been town soft ball games, picnics, camps for kids, and all sorts activities with a focus on building relationships and making the town a place where people can feel welcome. There have also been plenty of practical projects, like getting hundreds of kids outfitted with school supplies. And I have the feeling God’s just getting warmed up.

"Hiding Place" by Mollie Walker Freeman, 22" x 28" on canvas

“Hiding Place” by Mollie Walker Freeman, 22″ x 28″ on canvas

In order to pay my travel expenses, I am selling the paintings I have created during worship services. I’d like to say that I’m offering them at a special price, but that’s not exactly the case. I always sell these paintings at a “special” price, because if a person believes that God has reached him or her through the painting, and wants to own the painting for that reason, I want this person to have the painting. So, my prices for these pieces are “suggested.” I have taken as little as $50, and as much as twice my asking price. I tell people that what they pay for the piece is between them and God.

"Gardener" by Mollie Walker Freeman, 24" x 30" on canvas, gallery wrapped (does not need frame)

“Gardener” by Mollie Walker Freeman, 24″ x 30″ on canvas, gallery wrapped (does not need frame)

What makes this opportunity a bit different is that I am extending this offer to you, my readers, as well. I will sell any of the paintings posted here for any price between $50 and $400, provided that you ask God what you should pay. He has always provided my needs, and I trust He will continue to do so. This is my way of funding a trip to help others, so if you purchase a painting, that is what you will be contributing to. Do keep in mind that I will also need you to cover shipping costs if you do not live within driving distance of northern Colorado. (I should mention that these prices are far below my studio work, because it is painted much more quickly.)

All of the paintings in this post are unframed. Some are painted on composite board,  some are on canvas. All are done with re-purposed house paint. Sizes are noted.

If you would like to participate in this fundraiser, please send me a message by commenting, and I will answer you. Thanks!

Love + Light: Happy Valentine’s Day From Loveland

With a name like “Loveland,” you have to expect something to happen on Valentine’s Day. Artists are on every corner in this town, it seems, so naturally, we have some creative ways to celebrate this day. This “conceptual & contemporary art and light event” lands Loveland squarely in the 21st century, in my opinion, and that’s a fine thing. While I do have a deep respect for the history of our town as a world-famous sculpture center, it does my heart good to see young and innovative artists coming in and doing cool new stuff!

The first annual Love+Light show was in 2012.

The first annual Love+Light show was in 2012.

When I first came here, though, there didn’t seem to be much going on to celebrate Valentine’s Day except that there were lots of red hearts around town. The hearts were made in the image of candy ones, with cute stencils like “MWF + SF.” Then there was the re-mailing program, by which non-Lovelanders could have their Valentines stamped at our post office, so that their cards would bare our auspicious name. No big dances, parades, or romantic gathering places, really, ever drew my attention.

This lovely piece was made for the "65 Roses" show by Mary Schaefer Benke

This lovely piece was made for the “65 Roses” show by Mary Schaefer Benke

“Love + Light” (Love and Light) is fairly new on the scene. This year is the third such show, and it happens at the same time Loveland is also hosting a snow sculpture show, and a local gallery does a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis research, in which artists paint roses. “65 Roses for Cystic Fibrosis,” an art show & auction run by my friend Billie Colson, has been raising money for the past several years. So, as a town, we’ve really stepped up our Valentine’s Day art game!

I wanted to show you some images from the Love + Light show because it really is unique and inspired. The artists in the show this year include my friends, Abbie Powers, G.Mark Lewis, Lynn Kincannon and Olivia Lowe. This year, we also have, all the way from Massachusetts, internationally recognized artist Chris Nelson. Nelson has created a site-specific installation.

This giant, breathing fabric piece was created by Abbie R. Powers.

This giant, breathing fabric piece was created by Abbie R. Powers.

It was my hope to publish this post on Valentine’s Day, but, alas, I spent my evening downtown, viewing and participating in the events. It was not as cold as last year, and the fire dancers and hot drinks, provided by Next Door restaurant, helped us warm up a bit. Of course, seeing lots of local artist and art-appreciating friends, and meeting a few new ones helped a lot, too. The show is open this evening for the final time, 6 – 9 p.m. Come on over!

Olivia Lowe and friends made an environment of words and windows for this year's show. Photo by Alana Brake, Lucky Brake Photography

Olivia Lowe and friends made an environment of words and windows for this year’s show. Photo by Alana Brake, Lucky Brake Photography

New Year, New Paintings

9 degrees Fahrenheit – that’s what my phone is currently showing for my town of Loveland, Colorado! And it’s the middle of the day! (The postman, a true Coloradoan, is walking by in his shorts.) It is January, after all, so I’m not surprised or complaining. Neither am I inspired to go out to the studio to work. However, I have been able to do a few pieces elsewhere.

"Hmmm..." by Mollie Walker Freeman

“Hmmm…” by Mollie Walker Freeman

Scott and I had the privilege of giving a demonstration of our painting techniques a couple of weeks ago at the Loveland Museum Gallery here in town. It was really fun to see so many friends turn out to support us that evening! If you were there, thanks again for coming – it just would not be nearly as fun without you! We brought along our camera, so we would be able to document the event. You’re supposed to do that, you know? Unfortunately, we did not remember to shoot any photos until we got back home.

However, I thought I’d show you the painting I did that night. I have to say that I received several great suggestions during the demonstration.That is partly because many of the folks who were there are sculptors, painters, photographers or other artists. Gary Alsum, thanks for your insights! David Boyd, I added the ring at your suggestion after you left. Hope you like it!

"Living Stones" by Mollie Walker Freeman

“Living Stones” by Mollie Walker Freeman

The second piece I will show you is one I did during a church service at Resurrection Fellowship. I am calling it “Living Stones,” which you may recognize from I Peter 2:5. I wanted to paint this concept, but was not very happy with the result. But, this was a perfect example of God using something less-than-great to do great things. Several people commented afterward that the painting was truly meaningful to them, and they had their own interpretations as to the meaning of the picture. (This is why I do this, folks!)

"Waiting" by Mollie Walker Freeman

“Waiting” by Mollie Walker Freeman

The last painting in today’s post is also from a church service. I’m calling it “Waiting.” I don’t know if you can tell from the photo, but the color came out very nicely in this one. There was also good feedback with this piece.  I always love hearing what others see in the images I make. I really consider myself to be just the deliverer of the art that already exists in the mind of the true Creator. Have you ever read “Walking on Water” by Madeleine L’Engle? There are all sorts of wonderful thoughts about art and artists and God in this book, and the aforementioned idea is one I first heard articulated in this book. Check it out!

Just Add Wax – Encaustic

"Blah" - photograph with encaustic by Kimberly Chiaris

“In The Garden” – photograph with encaustic by Kimberly Chiaris

Molten wax is at the heart of one of my favorite techniques. Kimberly Chiaris, my artist photographer friend, employs this process to create some of the most appealing photographs you’d ever want to see! I met up with Kim recently, and she showed me how she makes encaustic photography.

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I had heard that using encaustic can be really smelly. Kim set me straight on this, explaining that she uses bees wax, and never notices a bad smell. She then showed me the damar varnish crystals, electric skillet, and other tools she uses in the process.  “It’s not considered encaustic until the wax is set by heating it a final time after it’s applied,” Kim said.

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She says that she began using this technique partly because it’s a great way to protect her photos without having to use glass & frames. At the same time, the wax helps to diffuse some of the visual edges, creating a softness which reminded her of “Diana” images. For several years, Kim used the small, plastic Diana cameras to shoot black and white photos. I am the proud owner of several of her earlier Diana images, and I especially love the way subjects appear in varied degrees of focus. Encaustic can echo this effect.

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For her recent series of photos, Kim shot pictures in one of her favorite spaces: her flower garden. Using a tilt shift lens, She took close-up images that she enlarged and cut vertically to create a triptych. After applying the first layers of wax, she added bits of gold leaf.

Kimberly Chiaris with one of her photos

Kimberly Chiaris with one of her photos

Kimberly lives in my hometown of Loveland, Colorado. We met over 30 years ago, at the Kansas City Art Institute, and she has been inspiring me and encouraging my creative endeavors ever since.