|  January 4, 2009

Today I met up with fellow blogger and encaustic artist, Beth of Tangled Sky Studio for coffee. Again, it was so nice to meet someone that I have gotten to know online. And I don’t know what it is about encaustics, but at least for me, if I meet another artist who works in encaustics, it’s like an instant bond!

I really love to hear other’s stories about how they came to their creative paths. Not all of us are born knowing that this is the path we need to be following. Or maybe we know, and yet other things have to happen first before we take the plunge.

It was a great time bouncing ideas, tips, questions off of each other. For the first couple of years of my art-making/journal-making I really kept to myself. Not sure why. Maybe I needed that cocoon time. When I started to keep a blog, I found a whole community of other people also creating away in their studios, kitchens, desks, floor, etc. and I realized that while alone time is essential to the creative process, so is the reaching out. In the past few years, I have been doing that more and it really is valuable- in so many different ways.

When I moved to Chicago I made a promise to myself that I would try to seek out community of other creative spirits. It’s a nice goal to always be working on.

I have been adding some prints, matted and unmatted to the art section at and also to my etsy shop.


  1. by ~Barb~ on January 5, 2009  1:51 am Reply

    Meeting up with like-minded others, online and especially in person, is such a wonderful treat. It's like it reinforces that we are not alone, no matter how alone we can often feel. I'm so glad you had a wonderful meeting.

    Great piece, btw...I love birds' nests. Very nice!

    Peace & Love,

  2. by Jeane on January 5, 2009  3:58 am Reply

    Bridgette - how cool is that that you and Beth got to meet face to face - fun - this piece is just yummy - god, I have to stop using that word!

  3. by Shayla on January 5, 2009  9:36 am Reply

    That sounds like fun and I agree. Community makes for a better artist.

  4. by tangled sky studio on January 5, 2009  9:41 am Reply

    jeanne is right yummy is the right word for this is done with my two favorite colors!
    it was so lovely meeting you today bridgette. i too have kept to myself until just recently and it is great to know others are on a similar journey and to share our stories and information. i know we'll talk again soon and until then i wish you and your beautiful family peace and warmth...

  5. by Ann Somerset Miles on January 5, 2009  2:01 pm Reply

    Just wonderful Bridgette (the nest and two-word message) and I so agree how wonderful it is to meet with like-minded creators. Thankyou agian for all the inspiration you give me.

  6. by seth on January 5, 2009  10:41 pm Reply

    It is so good that you are finding a community in Chicago. Encuastic alchemy!

  7. by Cheryl on January 6, 2009  9:42 am Reply

    How wonderful for you! This piece made my heart sing. WHen my daughter was little she would always say "hod me" and still, event though she is almost 7 she will still cuddle up and say "hod me".

    I cannot wait until I have the space to set up an encaustic area. I am going to a workshop soon to learn about combining wax with fabric.

  8. by Susan Tuttle on January 7, 2009  12:45 am Reply

    I LOVE this piece! I have always had a thing for nests and eggs.


  9. by One Love Photo on January 7, 2009  4:45 am Reply

    I love this! Just added you to my blogroll, wonderful work!

  10. by rivergardenstudio on January 15, 2009  2:06 pm Reply

    What a beautiful nest, so hopeful somehow. How nice you got to meet another blogger friend! Roxanne

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