Sauced Alice……

I am fortunate enough to have many close artist friends.  We get together and draw from life in Jackson on Saturdays.  I have missed the last few because of the watery road closings.  A few weeks ago when I was in Jackson at our drawing group, one  of the most fabulous artists, Herb Mays, handed me a nice little wooden box filled with Sauce crayons. Little wooden box Yarka Sauce

Sauce crayons

He told me he had purchased them years ago but never really used them, and thought since I loved experimenting with different mediums, I might like them.  I took them thinking I would go home and get right to work.  Well, as in all things I put them in my drawing kit and there they lay. Until in the middle of the night, last night I awoke and thought about them.  I began this morning with the joy of trying something new.  I find I am enamored with new things, no matter what it is, newness holds promises, sometimes good and sometimes not so good.   Well, since I am working on the Dark Alice series this fits the bill without question.  These crayons exude the very nature of this series, something primal,provocative,unfettered, and raw-edged. The Sauce is inky black charcoal formed into t stick that can be used as is or ground up and mixed with other mediums,it is wonderful to say the least.  I am still rolling the possibilities around in my head like a pinball machine hitting the bumpers, giving new light to areas unchallenged before.  I thought I would post today’s work in progress .

At this phase of the series, I am toying with the rabbit holes and the thought that they defy gravity and time, so the last few paintings have the rabbit holes used in various ways as a part of the background and often part of the foreground.   I believe the rabbit holes are a grounding element in the paintings, how ironic is that?  We are all Mad here.


Well bear in mind this is a work in progress.  Not a finished piece, but I think a glimpse into the work before the finality has hit it, and sealed it’s permanence, is perhaps the best part of a painting. 

I hope you will feel the energy created by the process of layers  of  the thought, paint, and  now this wonderful sauce, mixed and mingled together to form a painting.  This piece is on a sheet of heavy weight mylar, which I find quite fun to experiment with.  I have sauce layers,alcohol ink layers, india ink layers, and acrylic paint layers and have begun to embellish with oil pastels, at this point.  All  of this to say with any work in progress all or many of these layers may tomorrow become new layers covered over and mixed into with more sauce and paint.   Many kudos to Herb for his generous gift to me.  I am forever in your debt my friend.  I hope this will inspire you to do something experimental and new, and be free to enjoy the process of drawing and smearing your soul on paper, or in this case mylar!


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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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