>Winter…..Snow and Hot Wax…..February 2010

> Above photo is of the Methodist church in Holly Bluff. It is old and quaint, we go there every Sunday and worship. This church was built by the Sharbroughs, descendants of my husband.

Snow in the Delta….the most snow in 25 years. It is a beautiful site.
The most significant characteristic of snow is the quiet that occurs when it snows. The everyday din comes to a complete stop and the snowflakes pile in silent mounds covering the world with colorless cold. The world becomes a warm comforting place in the bitter cold of the snow blanket. I am so fond of finding oppositional things in life and this is truly a highlight of winter for me.

This is a photo of the downtown area of the small town of Holly Bluff, where I live and paint. Normally I don’t notice it much but with the shawl of new fallen snow it becomes much more impressive. A photo of the trees in the pasture in front of our home. I see this view from my studio windows.

Enough on the snow, let’s get to the wax! I attended an encaustic workshop in Dallas, Texas, at the Encaustic Center, in January 2010 and had a lot of fun. I stayed with my fellow artist friend, Cheryl Mcclure.(http://johnsoncreekstudio.blogspot.com/). We enjoyed spending the time together and waxing at the workshop. Cheryl is an accomplished artist and does spectacular non objective abstracts. I have become entranced by hot wax painting and the textures and layers of the beeswax and oil pigment. There is something earthy about it, painting with a gift from nature and forming and carving into it, gives one a closeness to nature that is difficult to explain. Below are a few of my encaustic pieces of late.

Lines of Humanity VI
Cathy Hegman AWS,NWS, MSWS, MoWS, SW, SAA

This one is based on the series titled Lines of Humanity which explores our connectedness to each other and how we form a strong and solid line by our connections. I like this series as it gives me a feeling of belonging to the world, it reiterates that we have a purpose here and we all fit into the grand puzzle of life.

Cathy Hegman AWS,NWS, MSWS, MoWS, SW, SAA

This piece is one based on my series of figurative works. I usually put the figure in as a solitary figure to show the strength that I believe exists within each of us. There is power in solitude, it forces us to look inward and find reasons and beliefs that keep us moving and growing.

Emotional Chaos
Cathy Hegman AWS,NWS, MSWS, MoWS, SW, SAA

This figurative encaustic is called Emotional Chaos. I believe it depicts the essence of how our emotions can be at work inside us and the way that we try to cloak it with layers of deception all the while thinking that we have concealed it ;but somehow, it shows through to the world. I painted this piece by making marks in charcoal on the wood before adding any wax and then layering the wax and carving out the figure shape. I like to dissect the shape of the figure in my work, it seems to give the shape more movement if I place the pieces at odd angles. The texture of the nonpigmented beeswax is often all that is needed in an encaustic painting, as the wax is translucent letting the color and some of the wood grain show through. In this piece I used the charcoal, a bit of wax with yellow ochre pigment in it and the plain nonpigmented wax. It is almost a monochromatic piece. Lately I am finding myself more drawn to this type of palette. There is something very dignified in the simplicity of the monochromatic palette.

Black Skirt
Cathy Hegman AWS,NWS, MSWS, MoWS, SW, SAA

The last painting in this blog is called Black Skirt, it has many symbolic references included in it that have appeared in my work in the past. I find when I look back over the years of my work that some symbols appear to be in all of them. I have attached my own meaning to them and have found new ways to incorporate them into my work. I believe that in a way they are the defining elements of my life in art. This piece was done in much the same way as the one above it, only in this one I did not rely on the plain wax as heavily, as this one is about the way in which our clothes give us much more than just coverage and warmth, they are often our disguises and our sometimes our cry for help. I disconnected the body shapes again in this piece, you will notice the angle is not as active as in the Chaos painting, this is a much more subtle and quiet piece.

Take care and have a great month!

Cathy Hegman
email: hegmanart@aol.com

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About Cathy S. Hegman

Art, much like a road links people together both visually and mentally. One can attain a glimpse inside the artist’s soul by studying the artist’s work, and perhaps find something that links them to the artist and the art. A work of art has the ability to resonate and touch the emotions without regard to age, gender, race, or religion through the application of pigment to canvas or paper. Art can be the voice that cries out without limits, or sometimes whispers the thoughts of the creator. Art speaks silently, yet conjures up feelings and gives satisfaction that is undeniable, and yet intrinsic. It validates our need to learn about ourselves, and gives us freedom to search for our own identities. The road is long and often dusty, but always renewing the spirit with inspiration. It is my hope in this lifetime to give a part of what I have learned through and on my journey with others. The deepest form of us is revealed in our thoughts and my art is the translation of my thoughts to paper and canvas. I paint layers of color and line to create a history of marks that will guide the viewer into my world of thought and engage them in the process. I embed personal symbols throughout my art to give it deeper meaning. I encourage you to think about life in a visual way and to contemplate our connections with each other and the world we share.
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1 Response to >Winter…..Snow and Hot Wax…..February 2010

  1. >How do U put the wax on the paper, do U use a funnel?

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