“The thought of being a creator, of engendering, of shaping is nothing without the continuous great confirmation and embodiment in the world, nothing without the thousandfold assent from Things and animals… beautiful and rich only because it is full of inherited memories of the engendering and birthing of millions.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Atlantic Ocean
June 2011

I spent all of last week with my childen playing in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It was a good week of bonding time with my mom, my sisters, and my nieces and nephew. A time of fun, but also a time for me to re-center and prepare for the new adventure ahead of me.

Next week I will be headed to Oregon to teach 3 days of workshops, passing on the techniques that I have learned these past years in painting in encaustic and using my photographs in my work. I am really looking forward to not just passing on technique, but also to open up a world of using ones’ own images to tell your story, to breathe personal meaning in one’s artwork. I remember, for myself, incorporating my photos and my transfers into my own work, opened up a whole new world for me. And I hope to pass this on to others.

For so many years I have been working steadily and in the solitude of my studio. When I moved to Chicago, I began to emerge from my studio and connect with other artists here in the city. And I’ve learned that while quiet, alone time is so very, very necessary for me…it is also invigorating and just as necessary to be around other creative people. And now with teaching this year, the connections made, really are wonderful. So, I am looking forward to next week with excitement and gratitude.

Class supplies are packed. Class kits are assembled. Class booklets are bound. Art supplies are all gathered and packed. I think I’m ready…

Believe it or not, you can still enroll, even last minute! Visit EncaustiCamp for more info.

“To create one’s own world, in any of the arts, takes courage.” ~Georgia O’Keeffe


  1. Bridgette, I have every confidence in you that you will inspire and educate next week! I so wish I could be attending the camp (especially with my sister so close by), but it just didn’t fit into the budget this summer. Best wishes on a successful experience! ~Denise

  2. I agree with your comment about how wonderful it is to be with like-minded people as painting is rather a solitary activity. Its good to talk. I admire your work very much.

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