Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Landscape with trees by Roberta Warshaw
Landscape with trees, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

Something is happening in my work and I think it is pretty major.

You might remember that I took a class with Kathleen Dustin a few weeks ago. I enjoyed her class very much and learned some great new techniques in polymer.

One thing she spoke about was the similarity between translucent polymer clay and beeswax as it is used in encaustic painting.

Encaustic is a medium I have never tried. I have worked in oils, watercolors, gouache, polymer and enamels. But never in encaustic.

I think I would like it and that my work would be interesting in that medium. I would like very much to try it. It means rearranging my studio though in a rather large way. Right now my studio is no longer set up for painting but it is set up for jewelry making. Plus encaustic needs serious ventilation.

Right now I am mainly reading all I can about the medium. Looking at some of my Jasper Johns museum catalogs and just seeing and thinking about what I want to do.

Do I want to go back to painting? Is it time? I stopped painting in the mid 90's. But it feels like it may be making a comeback in my life. I will go where it takes me.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Back from Vacation

Sea flowers by Roberta Warshaw
Sea flowers, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

I have returned from my vacation in the Berkshires. it was lovely and I swam in the pool every day. I ended up just doing a lot of sketching with my colored pencils. I had few distractions other than the pool. The TV was horrible and there was no internet and no cell phone service. So I always had pencils in hand and pad on the lap.

We only went to Tanglewood once to see Joshua Bell. Mostly we just stayed home and enjoyed the peace and quiet. An old friend came to visit for the day and we spent the day floating in the pool and catching up. Another friend came and stayed for a few days. We have been friends since high school and even though we talk or e-mail daily, we don't see one another that much as she lives over an hour away. So it was a good chance to spend some quality time together.

This week is a little busy. Doctor appointments and such, Never ending. I had an epidural before I left but it wore off and we are back to square one now.

Ah these bodies and their wearing out parts. Anyway, I will try and get back into my work slowly. I am also going to try and get in some pool time at the local pool. Swimming feels fabulous. No pain while swimming. Now if I could just become a fish and swim all the time I will be all set.