Sunday, May 23, 2010

an ocean of green and wild things...

Catherine Nash
Reflected Co
nstellation, encaustic painting & oil stick, 20” X 10 1/4”(vertical diptych) above left
Before Dawn
encaustic painting & oil stick, 16 1/2” X 24” (four panels) above right
encaustic painting & oil stick, 12” h X 15”w above center

I'll be giving a lecture entitled Wax and the Artist Book at the 4th Annual Encaustic Painting Conference at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA as well as teaching a workshop post conference that integrates the book arts with encaustic. It is an exciting opportunity full of learning, sharing and third summer participating~ Nearby, I'm honored to be included in an exhibition entitled The Luminous Landscape at the Kensington-Stobart Gallery in Salem, MA, which opens on June 10th from 5-8pm. (three encaustic paintings above will be included) Thanks to Julie Shaw Lutts who organized this show: I find her assemblage artist books just incredible. The artists in this collective and exhibition are truly inspirational to me: check out the paintings and encaustic monoprints of Alexandre Masino who has posted links to all the artists in his blog, so explore!
He writes: "
The collective comprises of 18 artists working with encaustic and the rich subject of landscape painting. This coming show is curated by Sandy Heaphy, gallery director at the Kensington Stobart Gallery, Julie Shaw Lutts, Linda Cordner, Janet Bartlett Goodman, and Charyl Weissbach. Last year, the collective published a beautiful intimate catalogue on our 2009 show; you can order it online here."

Right after I get back, Rob will leave to teach at the historic Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg TN for a week of inspiring photography, such a rich and wonderful place of creative inspiration, nestled up to the beautiful Smoky Mountains.

Catherine Nash
Two Trees
Encaustic painting
6” X 6”

We will find our moments in nature this summer, give ourselves a chance to slow down and live life more quietly, more "Thoreauesque" I like to say. Spending time w/o TV, w/o internet deep in an ocean of green and wild things where the creative mind can dream and express itself. It is hard to disconnect and I resist it. From the other side though, I remember how to breathe...


Peter and Donna Thomas said...

Oh lovely description. It put me there. I realize how important slowing down and taking time to let creativity flow is!

vintage-cove said...

What a fantastic retreat! And a great inspiration. You must love it there. I'd love to see a photo of the cabin. Your works of art are amazing! Thanks for sharing with us.
Regards, Sandy.