Saturday, September 01, 2012


I haven't got a lot to tell you, as I've been in 'head down' mode, writing and planning and getting new painting ideas underway.  As a result, a lot of electronic communication has been pushed to one side while I work on other things.

I sometimes wonder about the effectiveness of blogs vs social media and believe that blogs still deliver a bigger bite of information that has its place in the sea of information we all sift through each day.  Social media allows that quick glimpse into lives and art but without the commitment of a long read or analysis in most cases. In the past year my blog posts have dwindled in numbers, as have many others that I read and I sometimes wonder if I'm talking to myself.  This is my 7th year of blogging! and I often feel as if I've simply run out of things to say, but even if I'm not as frequent in posting, it seems I always have something to say!

The image above is part of an encaustic experiment that I'm trying, using a gyotaku print of a sole.  What you see here is some of the embedded cheesecloth that resembles netting. I've also been carving into the cured wax with an etching stylus and will fill the grooves with oil paint then fuse the wax a little more to seal it in when it dries.  I'm not really sure whether I like this piece or not yet.  It is large, 15" x 30", and complex - I never seem to do things by halves lately - so it may all change again before its done.

A copy of Koi magazine turned up on my doorstep this week and in it a small review of The Gyotaku Project, a little book I'd written about my adventures in fishing printing.  There are huge numbers of koi fanciers in the UK and I'm pleased to have a little more exposure in the fishy world through this best selling magazine.


Christiane Kingsley said...

First: Congratulations, Jeanette, on the great exposure you've received in this UK magazine.

Second: You are not talking to yourself...I am sure that hundreds of us are listening( or rather reading) to every word you say ( write). I always find your posts very informative or thought provoking.

Finally, I really like the textures in your latest experiment.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Sharon Whitley said...

I love this latest experiment of yours, it's absoulutely gorgeous, 7 years is a long time to be blogging - I've only been at it for 2 months! I'm a big admirer of your work since I first saw your paintings on PaintmyPhoto - congrats on the publication, have a great day!

Jeanette said...

Hi Christiane, thanks for the kind words. Yes, its good to be seen by other eyes, especially outside the regular art world.

Blog posts for everyone have slowed down with the advent of social media, but they are such a good source of additional information and contacts, I can't see my art world without them.

Sharon, thank you. This encaustic is a departure from my usual style and quite the experiment, everything is covered in wax! Me and the studio floor too. :)

RH Carpenter said...

Congratulations on the publicity for your book :) I am liking this piece already and will be curious to see where you take it. I, too, have things taking me away from blogging as much, commenting as much, etc - but I still love to visit my favorite blogs and see what others are doing (when I have time). Seven years is a long commitment but I hope you continue!

Anonymous said...

I always enjoy reading your blog.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

i might not always comment, but i read what you post :) social media like twitter and facebook are OK for quick info posts or messages but blogs are better for showing off art i think because you can explain the piece better?

all of these wax pieces remind me of different colourful planets, not the effect you were going for i know, but i blame it on playing a lot of mass effect and seeing all kinds of different planets :p