of living root

 |  June 10, 2010

of living root
encaustic and mixed media
9×12 inches

This panel has been through so many transformations, I wish I had documented it. It’s almost hard to believe what it once was. I have been re-working old paintings, to clear out space, storage wise and psyche wise. Some old paintings I will always keep because they are like markers of my journey and growth. Others…..just need to go away! I actually intended to keep part of the original painting’s image in this one, but it was really preventing me from moving forward with the painting. No matter what I tried to do, it was keeping me stuck. Finally I just decided to do away with it and brushed a loaded brush of titanium white over it. Then everything just clicked and I finished the painting in a matter of a few hours, what had been taking me weeks. Sometimes I just need to take a deep breath and let go.


I recently set up a Facebook fan page for FusedChicago, the encaustic group that has been forming in Chicago. Please take a look and become a fan! So far, members have been uploading links to their online portfolios. I am hoping that we will use the page to announce group and individual shows, events that have to do with encaustics, and other pertinent information.


  1. by merci33 on June 10, 2010  1:48 pm Reply

    a marvelous result from your loaded brush...'Of living root' is dreamy

  2. by femminismo on June 10, 2010  6:01 pm Reply

    This is fantastic and gives great hope to all of us who've started things that went wrong. I could name one that is hanging on my garage wall and I see it every night when I get out of the car. Titanium white, you say??? (Your painting is great!)

  3. by Jill on June 10, 2010  7:05 pm Reply

    Sometimes a piece of artwork seems to have a 'mind' of its own and you just have to give it its own way.

  4. by Bleubeard and Elizabeth on June 13, 2010  1:35 pm Reply

    I adore this piece. I love that you have the courage to start over on a piece. I get stuck and can't move forward, but you have shown me that in order to move ahead, sometimes you must start fresh.

    BTW, thought that encaustic heart was adorable. Not sure I could have melted it so easily.

  5. by Pat on June 17, 2010  10:47 am Reply

    Bridgette, I just found your blog and completely understand! Reworking, cutting up, painting over, recycling from that huge stack of frustration is so freeing. I DO love this piece. It's great. Adding you to my favorites! Pat Chapman

  6. by Joy Logan on June 20, 2010  6:49 pm Reply

    Love your delicate touches !

  7. by mansuetude on June 29, 2010  3:56 pm Reply

    scanning through some pages, after reading your top post about the difference between city and water, i see that grass and think of the grasses that grown near the water... its always adjustment of soul and rhythms when we make a shift of place. Time alone helps the transition for some of us.

  8. by Seth on June 30, 2010  9:30 am Reply

    Love this. It has a patchwork, quilt like feel and the stitching is a stellar touch. Love it!

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