Monday, April 28, 2014

Encaustic and oil painting, Pay What You Want

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Water Icon, oil and encaustic

I did 4 icons with element themes. This one is water. The element of water rules emotions,;the ocean. lakes, steams, ponds, wells, rivers, intuition, and the womb.

Aphrodite, the goddess of love is emerging from a lotus on the center panel while dolphins play in the background.  On the left is Vivian of the Lake form the Avalon tales, holding the sword Excalibur that came from the waters and was returned to their depths after the rein of King Arthur.  On the right, the angel Gabriel guides the beings who live in the waters.

At the time I made these icons, I was living in Ashland OR. In the center of town is  beautiful Lithia park. I would hike there and also spend hours sitting and watching the cascading waters come tumbling down from the top of the mountain. The back of the icon is my interpretation of those wonderful falls. It is painted completely in encaustic.

Friday, April 25, 2014

oil, encaustic, gold leaf on panel

Here is another 3 Eves, but much larger. It is about 4 1/2 ' high. I do not have the exact measurements, since it sold over 10 years ago.It can be used as a room divider. I made the smaller one first and continued the theme with this one.
(see the explanation in the last posting)

I cut out the panels with my jigsaw and joined them with brackets after all the sides were painted.
Once again, I layered encaustic over the oil painting and carved the patterning with a sharpened chop stick.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"The 3 Eves," encaustic, oil, gold leaf


Another modern icon painted in oil and encaustic on birch panels. I have used gold leaf behind the central figure and carved through the encaustic on the bottom to reveal the silver leaf.

"The Three Eves" On the right panel, we see Lilith, who in the Hebraic tradition is said to be Adam's estranged first wife. In one story,God created her and Adam as twins, joined together at the back. Lilith demanded equality with Adam and failing to achieve it, she furiously left him. In another version of the myth of Lilith, she would not succumb to Adam's demands that she lie beneath him during sexual intercourse. Lilith would not meet this demand of male dominance, so we see her in my work as a free spirit, self assured, joyful,powerful and independent.

On the left panel we see the typical portrayal of the biblical Eve. Shy, submissive, self effacing, she is the perfect follower of the superior male.

In the center I have created my version of a more modern Eve. The expression of the feminine that has finally emerged, after more than 2000 years. She is a whole woman, complete unto herself, and the combination of the goddess Isis, superimposed over the characteristics of the Madonna. The early Christian church removed all ancient symbols of the goddess and replaced them with a softer, self- deprecating, perfect woman in the image of Mary. 

I have used astrological fire symbols as as well as the Lion, that is an embodiment of the fire element, to indicate the burning of the old feminine image and clearing the path for today's woman.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Earth Icon, oil and encasutic

In the center panel, we see the essence of the spirit of the earth who is a woman, fruitful, peaceful and waiting patiently. Behind her are rolling hills capable of producing valued crops.

On the right panel stands the angel of observance, waiting to see what we humans are doing to our mother earth.

The left panel holds the angel of hope, holding the dove of peace. Will we accept it?

Give Them Hearts to Understand

 The back of this icon express the disregard we have paid to our earthly gifts. If one looks closely, an atomic explosion can be seen as well as an erupting volcano. Scattered in the collage are three generations of women holding  hope for our future. Around the curved top of the icon, I have carved a native American prayer, "Give them hearts to understand to never take more from creations' beauty more than they can give back..."
The bottom hold stamping of Tibetan prayers. I made this icon 10 years ago and it seems even more pertinent now.