Hunting the Unseen

A few days ago we had a low, low tide- the kind of low tide that only comes once in a blue moon (literally, this time…), and so we all bundled up and headed for Maverick’s beach by the harbor. The sky was dark, the clouds low and threatening. It was windy. But I was so glad we went out.

There is so much beauty in these gray and blustery days, and this particular day, we had the pleasure of seeing what is usually hidden by the sea. We walked on rocks usually submerged. We could see the kelp anchored to the rocks, starfish clinging, and crabs backed into the deep cracks, staring out at us, as if we had crashed their party, and they were utterly annoyed. The beach becomes unfamiliar, foreign, and all the more beautiful for it.

It occurred to me that this is often the work of the artist- hunting the unseen; making it seen. Finding unnoticed beauty, and bringing it to the light. And sometimes a low tide is just what we need…

Here’s to 2010, a new year, and a new decade. May it bring you all light, love, and prosperity!

2 thoughts on “Hunting the Unseen

  1. Flo

    Lisa, I appreciated your gesso info and Tina’s. I’ve tried Holy Grail and not R&F. I may experiment more with it, but on the first couple of paintings it seems slick – the wax moves differently. I think it fuses OK – just works differently. I may look into the milk paint.

    In response to your evaluation of 2009, I do feel it is helpful to review what we have accomplished in a year’s time. If I stop to count all the completed paintings, all the paintings sold, or just all the time spent working in my studio – even if just organizing for the next painting session, I begin to see what I have done as a real body of work rather that just isolated events, paintings, or tasks. It helps me feel less like a pretender and more like a real artist – less like a little old lady playing in my studio. Of course I am that – but selling paintings and having the local newspaper run an article about my work helps.

    2009 has been a good art year for me. I have sold more paintings than I ever have – probably because I have time to paint and exhibit more than ever before. I enjoyed presenting an encaustic demo for our art association, introducing a few friends to wax in my studio, and I was featured artist at the art association gallery. But how could they turn me down?I’m the president. Involvement with the association presents opportunities for growth, too. I attended one encaustic workshop and several shows. Every bit helps.

    And writing does help, too. I agree.

    This year I want to work toward producing a more cohesive body of work. Because I have enjoyed experimenting, I have two or three styles of encaustic paintings. I think I need to narrow that down – or at least narrow down what I show. I am not sure how I feel about that, though.

    With all I’ve done in 2009, time spent with my grandchildren, traveling with family, or just enjoying time with my husband are the most important. Sometimes I have to sort priorities and not let art take over my family life. But it all works together. Watching my little six year old grandson develop as an artist is just the best!

    1. LisaK Post author

      What a great perspective- I think that you are so right that it is important to add everything up, and look at it all as our accomplishments. Even the studio tidying, and the tinkering.

      I’m not completely sold on the R&F- I’d like to try some of these other options. The idea of milk paint is intriguing. I like the idea of everything in the painting being organic, as opposed to synthetic.


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