Friday, November 20, 2009

Saturday Surprise Challenge - From the Forest

A sweet and very talented friend of mine, Marilyn Rock, posted this photograph of an owl named Aries on her blog. This lovely bird had been injured and was now living in a sanctuary that kept him safe. It is so rare to have the opportunity to see an owl at such a close distance and to study his beautiful markings. Marilyn found herself very drawn to Aries. I decided to take a photocopy of the photo to the encaustic collage workshop that I attended in September at Southampton School of Arts. I learned how to use it to make a transfer onto a smooth surface of wax. I then embedded pressed flowers and leaves around the image and dripped a fine layer of coloured wax around the outside to border the piece. This is my entry for the Saturday Surprise challenge this week.

10 comments:

vintagesusie said...

I love your work with wax. Many moons ago I made batiks using wax to keep the colors off of sections of fabric. Your art has inspired me to try my hand with wax again...it gives your project such a wonderful finish. Thanks for sharing & reminding me of 'Good Things'!

Julie said...

Such a beautiful piece, Heather! Owls are beautiful--I get to work with them up close....but they're all dead! I work with freeze-dried animals in a nature center, where we teach school children about the animals, plants, etc., in our area. When I see one flying, it's a real treat--they're stunning creatures!

Hope you're having a lovely evening!

Marilyn Rock said...

Heather Sweet! Every time I see Aries, I get so emotional. And; what honor you gave him with your beautiful artwork! WOW! This is stunning and the transfer is so crisp! Is that with acetone on the wax? This is stunning! Love ya - Marilyn xxoo

Barb said...

Cool technique Heather....and great work. Really lovely.

Ragamuffin Gal said...

I love owls and I love your new creation! Blessings!

LiveArt said...

What a wonderful piece of art!! love the owl and the dried flowers and your composition and the colours :) It's gorgeous Heather!!

And I just wanted to tell you once more how happy I am with the beautiful collage you sent me :) it's hanging in my studio for inspiration and I LOVE it!!! Thanks again Dear :)

Linda

Sandy said...

Oh wow this is stunning. So great owl. Wonderful work. Love them.

Patti G. said...

Heather, this is beautiful. I love the image transfer and the beautiful flowers and bits of nature that surround the piece!
Hugs,Patti
Have a great weekend!

Laura Haviland said...

Over the top "screaming awesome" my dear friend !!! Your such a talent and full of creative thoughts.
Marilyn is such a gem and a sweet lady.
Thanks for sharing, I love owls too.
Hugs, Laura.

Yvonne said...

I do love owls, beautiful!