recent work- layers and piecing together

 |  December 10, 2010

During the summer I mentioned that I was working on a series involving stitching and mending. I have still been working on paintings that play around with these concepts. It has evolved a bit. I feel like I have been working more on the idea of piecing things together, like one does with a quilt. I made my first quilt for my daughter when she was born at the beginning of this year and ever since then I have been kind of obsessed with that.

Yesterday I got an unexpected 4 hours in the studio to paint and it was the first time in a long time that I was able to paint purely for myself. Lately I have had to use my studio time for paperwork, computer work, meeting deadlines, making work for specific projects on the horizon,blah, blah, blah. But yesterday was just me and paint and it felt good. Although I have to admit there was a lot of sitting and staring at the panels in the beginning of the afternoon which was a bit worrisome.

Born of Earth and Bone
encaustic and mixed media
10×10 inches

I painted Born of Earth and Bone back in October. Really working the surfaces of the painting. Painting in layers, scraping, revealing.

encaustic and mixed media
8×8 inches

This was the painting that I finished yesterday afternoon. Continuing with working the surfaces of the paintings. Painting in layers, scraping, revealing. Piecing it all together.

I just have to say that I am dying to paint larger. It has to happen soon. I’m ready.

And just because, here is a quote that I love:
You will have to experiment and try things out for yourself and you will not be sure of what you are doing. That’s all right, you are feeling your way into the thing. ~Emily Carr


  1. by Karen on December 10, 2010  12:40 pm Reply

    I love these!

  2. by Michelle on December 10, 2010  1:46 pm Reply

    I love the monocromatic scheme....breathtaking

  3. by Vicki Holdwick on December 10, 2010  1:46 pm Reply

    Very nice, Bridgette,

    I especially like "Strata".


  4. by Carrie on December 10, 2010  2:04 pm Reply

    Wow! they are stunning, I love them both.

  5. by merci33 on December 10, 2010  9:10 pm Reply

    but of course.

  6. by Missouri Bend Paper Works on December 11, 2010  1:20 pm Reply

    Beautiful!!! I'm sure your painting time in the studio is precious and rare....but look what comes out! I'm very intrigued also with the ideas surrounding mending and stitching! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  7. by Kim Hambric on December 11, 2010  3:18 pm Reply

    Fantastic quote!

    I'm wondering if the Earth and Bone piece could be my favorite. It is, at least for today. Love that stitching.

  8. by Kelly M. on December 12, 2010  11:02 am Reply

    so very glad to have found your blog, and find your work and writing intriguing --

  9. by Sharmon Davidson on December 13, 2010  6:18 pm Reply

    Both of these are gorgeous, Bridgette! Together, they're exquisite. As for "feeling your way" into something you've never done before, I had that exact experience today. If by "feeling your way" they mean screwing it up completely, pitching it, and starting over! Oh, well; I'm learning. I can't wait to see you do bigger pieces, though!

  10. by Seth on December 13, 2010  10:33 pm Reply

    These are brilliant. Glad that you found some time to paint just for yourself!!

  11. by softearthart on December 19, 2010  5:22 pm Reply

    Terrific, loving those words, cheers from New Zealand, Marie

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