I am currently packing for my very first One-Way ticket to the East Coast of the US and beyond. Just how exactly do you pack for a undetermined time frame? I am not quite sure, but the essentials are in there along with my traveling water color case and a few brushes and my smile is ready.
My first stop will be at the Fourth Annual Encaustic Conference at the Montserrat College of Art. I am excited to see many of my wax painting friends there as well as meeting new artists who work with wax. This is my first time to the event and I know it will be quite the experience. I am looking forward to taking my "Working Large" class in wax. I have just finished my 5 panels that are 7in x 7ft. I have heard a lot about the conference and it is great to be able to have the chance to experience it as well.
After the conference I will be in Boston for a few days hopping around, I may get the chance to go to NY to see some friends and check out art.
From Boston to SCAD. In my last post I discuss about the development of my mural career. I will be working with John on the development of new murals that are on the horizon. SCAD is interested in a trompe l'oeil mural. This will be my first time scouting for a wall for the mural. This is an exciting process, as I am learning that there are walls that are more conducive for an illusion than others.
From SCAD John and I will travel to Barbados for the next future mural project. We will meet the community, taste the culture, meet the local artists and soak up the history.
In between all of this we are currently working on a mural for Skyline College. This is the first mural I have worked on with John. We painted the cartoon in one all night-morning session. This mural is teaching me a lot about the trick of the eye, learning about the blends, broken walls, and gradations. Paint is magical!
My studio will be moving to the other side of the room. I have been packing up my encaustic tools and tieing up loose ends with the wax. Although I have had a few weeks off of mural painting, I have been taking time to improve my painting skills in my studio. Practice makes perfect.
So I will say so long to my little Umber, and I know she will miss me. hahaha. I know the chicks will grow so much and maybe even be laying eggs by the time I get back to the sweet mountain. I gave little Umber a chick braclet so I would know which one she is when I get back, but I hear she may grow out of it. Bummer.