garden variety series (encaustic wax mixed media)

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Bird #4 (Garden Variety series)Bird #4
2008, beeswax, oil, mixed media on panel, 5" x 9"

(† photographic reference not known)
sold

 

Bird #13Bird #13
2010, beeswax, oil, mixed media on panel, 9" x 5"
$350.00 US (sale pending)

(photographic reference: Anna's Hummingbird by Bert Katzung, used with permission, www.astronomy-images.com)

interesting science video on hummingbird (and dog) tongues - http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/201105276


 

Caterpillar #1 (Garden Variety series)Caterpillar #1
2009, wax, oil, mixed media on panel, 3" x 5"

(† photographic reference not known)
$200.00 US

 

Bird #8 (Garden Variety series)Bird #8
2009, beeswax, oil, mixed media on panel, 5" x 9"

(photo. reference: Anna's Hummingbird by Bert Katzung, used with permission, www.astronomy-images.com)

sold (a smaller waxed mounted copy is available for sale)

 

Bird #2Bird #2
2008, beeswax, oil, mixed media on panel, 9" x 5"

(† photographic reference not known)
$300.00 US

 

Bird #2

Nest #2
2009, beeswax, oil, mixed media on panel, 4" x 4"
nfs

 

Bird #17 American Goldfinch
2010, beeswax, oil, mixed media on panel, 9" x 5"

(† photograph reference from fotosearch.com 19818853)
sold

 

Bird #1 & Bird HouseBird #1 & Bird House ‡
2008, beeswax, oil, mixed media on birch panel, (in two parts), Bird: 5" x 9" & Bird House: 2.5" x 4"

(† photographic references not known)
sold

 

Bird #5Bird #5
2008, beeswax, oil, mixed media on panel, 9" x 5"

(photographic reference: Boreal owl, aegolis funereus, by Steven Katovich, USDA Forest Service, used with permission, image # 1388020, www.Bugwood.org)
sold

 

Nest #1 (Garden Variety series)Nest #1
2008, beeswax, oil, mixed media on panel, 5" x 9"

(† photographic reference not known)

sold

 

Bee #1Bee #1 2008, beeswax, oil, mixed media on panel, 9" x 5"

My first attempt to paint a bee, although perhaps it's not a honey bee...

$250.00 US (sale pending)

 

Birds #7

Birds #7 2009, beeswax, oil, gold leaf mixed media on panel, 14" x 11"

(red cardinals in flight, reference photographs by R.W. Scott, www.gregscott.com; used with permission)

$500.00 US

professionally framed in plain, dark brown wood by local framer, David Fallis

 

Bee #2Bee #2 2000,beeswax, oil, gold leaf mixed media on panel, 9" x 5"

My first time incorporating gold leaf into this series, and I love the way it reflects the warmth of honey here!

$275.00 US (sale pending)

 

Bees #3Bees #3
2008,beeswax, oil, gold leaf mixed media on panel, 5" x 9"

As with many artists using beeswax, I am preoccupied with nature's efficient use of hexagons.  Honeycombs are first to come to mind for many of us, as are snowflakes, and the six bonded carbons forming the benzene ring (and, most recently discovered, hexagonal structures in space, re: Saturn!). "The six carbon atoms form a perfectly regular hexagon. All of the carbon-carbon bonds have exactly the same lengths - somewhere between single and double bonds. There are delocalized [sic] electrons above and below the plane of the ring, which makes benzene particularly stable." -- pp. 232-236 of Linus Pauling's "General Chemistry"

$275.00 US †

 

Artist statement about this series

I began my Garden Variety series after coming across gorgeous images of wild birds on a tossed out page of newspaper, during a 2008 trip to the UK.  Our new garden had begun to fill with wild occupants and visitors, too -- especially birds (although one morning a green snake and I surprised each other out there).  

These mixed media works incorporate layers of decorative Italian or Japanese origami papers, which look much like wallpaper, suggesting an element of humans, and of the indoors.  These go under layers of beeswax encaustic on wood panels. I then paint the main images in oil. 

With an awareness of our own species' domination of its home planet, and upon learning of Colony Collapse Disorder and other threats to critical animal species, I included depictions of partial tree branches, empty or ephemeral nests or thickets, holes in tree trunks, altered honeycomb, or disappearing bird houses, which perhaps might convey the increasing fragility of wild habitats. 

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† I always appreciate assistance identifying any photographic references!

‡ Note: The miniature bird house at the bottom of "Bird #1 & Bird House" was a commercial cardboard craft multiple. I covered it with gold leaf and bird feathers (given to me by a neighbor who raises various gorgeous birds), and I added words that I associate with domesticity, which I'd cut out of newspapers. I then placed two real, unfertilized finch eggs (from the same neighbor) inside its tiny doorway. These are nested into a soft dog-hair and dryer-lint bedding, and held in place by a small screen of taupe gauze ribbon.

The feathers in Nest #2 and Nest #4 are real! I found them near an abandoned nest in a park near my studio.

Please note all prices are USD, and do not show CA state sales tax, which will be added at time of sale.


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