the deep knowing

the deep knowing, encaustic, 11×14 inches

“In the sweet territory of silence we touch the mystery. It’s the place of reflection and contemplation, and it’s the place where we can connect with the deep knowing, to the deep wisdom way.”~ Angeles Arrien


I had been working on this painting for a while now. Lots and lots of layers of wax. 11×14 inches is by no means a large painting, but it is one of my larger encaustic paintings. I am really enjoying painting larger these days.

Now, if only I could figure out how to take better photos of encaustics. This photo does not do it justice.

I was listening to an interview of Toni Morrison on NPR this morning while working and found out that she didn’t start writing until she became a mother! I wish I could find a transcript so that I can quote what she said, but I can’t seem to locate it. She said something to the effect that it wasn’t until she became a mother that she was allowed to be fully herself. I found that to be so fascinating. And inspiring.


  1. Hi Bridgette,
    I heard that interview too and was very moved. I have to say that me becoming a mother gave me a deeper knowledge of myself but turning 40 last year brought such a fuller understanding to so many things…more ah-ha moments than I could have imagined. This piece is really beautiful…your ability to wotk with the deep blues is truly inspiring….

  2. I agree with what she said.
    Another of my favorite quotes, and I don’t know who to attribute it to is: “You never really know the love of a mother until you become one”.

  3. I’m inspired by the image and the Arrien quote too. Your painting comes across as luminescent on my screen… a consistently lovely quality to your painting style.

    I smile at your reference to size and this one being large for you…my work is happiest when it’s in the six foot square range. It’s all relative…and all so good.
    Toni Morrison is one of our truly wise women…hope you find a transcript so you can pass it on.

  4. Lovely painting. I don’t know much about encaustic and was looking for a place on your blog where you might have talked about your process, but I didn’t see one. I hope you will consider that for a future post!

  5. Hi Bridgette, you had asked me to clarify… I thought it would be more fun to read about encaustic in perspective of your paintings. I know it is possible to go look up an article about it on the Internet but since I’ve been watching your paintings I thought it would be more fun and personal to see it in action. I just don’t really understand the wax part and how all that works with a painting.

  6. thanks binky for that quote.

    merci~one day I would love to paint a 6 foot square canvas! That would be quite a jump from my 6 inch square canvases.

    Thanks Jeane!

    I’ll work on a post for you Wendy. 🙂 Stay tuned…

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