we are all connected

we are all connected
encaustic, 14×14 inches

I thought I had finished this piece last week, but today I just had to add a few more markings in the black before I called it complete. This painting is part of my exploration of the prairie series I have been doing, but pushing it a little further. Expanding to thinking about how we are all integral parts of our environment. The impact we leave on our environment and how it affects our health and our lives is coming more and more to forefront of the issues we need to deal with now and into the future.

I wish the markings in the black showed up better. Here is a detail:


I have been working larger these days and it has been really freeing in that I have more room to explore, more markings, just….more. I am still working on my small 6×6 inch pieces to use up my clayboards that I already have. But once those are gone, I think that’s going to be it. At least for now.


With my computer meltdown last week, I forgot to mention that I was interviewed by Leah Piken Kolidas in her Creative Everday blog on how nature inspires my work. Thank you Leah!

Today I went to the first meeting of an encaustic group that is just now forming for Chicago artists who work in encaustics. The group is called FusedChicago and nine of us met today for breakfast and discuss objectives of forming a professional encaustic network here.

Shelley Gilchristsparked off this gathering and I am excited to be part of it. The west coast has strong encaustic groups in both California and Oregon. Texas has one via Texas Wax. Then there is New England Wax. I believe there is a mid Atlantic group as well. But none representing the Midwest! So here we go…


  1. Your painting is beautiful.

    I just discovered a shop right near my work that sells encaustics and they are even holding a workshop in August. I’m feeling totally inspired by the encaustic painters I’ve discovered recently and can’t wait to give it a try.

  2. Bridgette, I really like this piece – very strong – you are working bigger and I’m working smaller – funny – much good luck with the encaustic group forming – wonderful

  3. This work is so strong Bridgette. I have to say that it is one of my all time favorites of yours. I can only imagine what the surface looks like in person.

  4. I feel so very happy when I am taking in the quality and the mystery and the mastery of the manner in which you move color and texture about…and usually on such small and delicate surfaces. your detail make me swoon…I love the concept of finding an abstract painting, that could stand on its own, hidden within each square inch of a larger work. you accomplish this again and again.

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