impression, encaustic and mixed media, 8×8 inches

I was able to go into the studio to work this afternoon and am so happy that I finally was able to finish this piece. I had brought it home from last time I worked and thought it was done. But all week, or however long it’s been, it’s been sitting on my worktable, staring at me accusingly. “No, not done. All wrong. Proportions are totally off”, it told me. So I brought it back with me today and it is pleased.

I used the cracked plaster technique again and combined it with encaustic. The first one I did is here.

It’s been a rough week for a couple of reasons. Thankfully, everything is resolved and anxiety has been lifted. I was able to go into the studio with a clear heart and mind. And it felt good to be creating. In touch, in tune with myself. I have a few more pieces to make for the June artwalk, but I’m in good shape for it, and that’s a relief.

I have a big, huge move ahead of me…but I am feeling that bigger transitions are needed to be made within. People often remark that my paintings exude a peaceful serenity. It makes me pause. That peace, that serenity. It has to be inside of me in order for me to be creating it. It’s not something that I set out to do. It presents itself on the canvas. Reaching that place within, placing a soft hand on it and bringing it into my daily life. Letting it emerge so that it becomes a part of me, just like the way I walk. The way I look up and to the right when I’m stuck on something. I want that peace in my life. Serenity. Joy.

My art is an extension of me. So that peace must be within. Or is it what I always am hoping to attain…


On a lighter and tastier note…When I left the studio to go home I stopped at Dish D’lish to pick us up some dinner. While I was waiting for my chicken and brie sandwich they told me that because I’m a mom, they were giving me a gift for Mother’s Day~ a jar of Northwest Mixed Berry Jam! What a nice surprise. I can’t wait to have it with my coffee and toasted english muffin tomorrow morning.

I think they are doing this for all moms until Mother’s Day, so if you’re in Ballard and you’re a mama, stop in.


  1. What a lovely piece of written work this post is. Our art seems to come from many places: pain, joy, memories (pleasant or otherwise), just plain observation of the world around us and, yes, longing. I hope with all my heart you find what you need.

  2. another piece of yours that i absolutely adore! I love the texture here… is that an actual piece of plant there? I adore that! The colours are perfect. I especially like the darkening and hints of green along the edges. Awesome work on this one!

  3. “Impression” is just lovely, Bridgette. It holds all of the peace and serenity that you described. Happy Mother’s day to you! Shari

  4. Another wonderful encaustic. I love your work so much. It does breathe serenity which we all need more of these days. We (artists) bring down the illusion of ease but do not always experience it ourselves. Blessings.

  5. What a nice Mother’s Day surprise! As ALWAYS, I love what you do and how you do it.
    Enjoyed the art; enjoy the jam! I sometimes use mediterrainean yogurt instead of butter when I have a nice jam/preserve on hand. Sort of like having clotted cream on a scone.

  6. Thank you elaine for your words. You put it perfectly.

    Thanks Dale! No, it’s not a real plant, it is an image of a plant.

    Thanks so much Judy. illusions, hmmmm….That gives me something to think about.

    Hi Paula! I’ll have to try that yogurt. Sounds good. The jam is delicious.

    Thank you carmen.

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