Steve from An Urban Cottage sent in this encaustic painting he did a few years ago. " I've been in art classes for about 15 years and although I find it hard to hang my own work in the house, this is a little painting I just love. I haven't pursued my art since buying the house but once it's done, I look forward to getting back to that."
Do you know what an encaustic painting is? It is made with hot wax and pigments added to the wax. It is often applied with metal tools on wood or canvas. This was an art form as early as 100-300AD used in mummy portraits in Egypt.
Another one of his favorite paintings is a little collage of watercolored papers by Henry Botkin. Botkin was the cousin of George Gershwin but a fantastic artist in his own right and very unappreciated in Steve's opinion. I totally agree, I love this piece!
Thank you so much Steve for sending in select and meaningful art in your home! I thoroughly enjoyed this. Make sure you check out his current remodel of his porch and kitchen on his blog An Urban Cottage! He has an awesome eye for design and details as he renovates his 1842 cottage in Boston!
I had a conversation with Steve when he mentioned he didn't know I was an artist. I thought everyone knew those were my roots, so for those of you who need a refresher, I graduated from James Madison University in 1975 with an art degree and I taught high school art for 5 years before pursuing interior decorating. My interests back in the late 70's and 80's were printmaking and sculpture. I shared an art studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA with several artists. This was a wonderful time in my life where I could produce art in a community of inspiring and creative artists. It was actually hard to get work done as I was so anxious to talk to and get to know all the artists in the building. I also love teaching art and have done so off and on to all ages, elementary to adult. Last summer I held an art camp in my home for children who wanted to supplement what they learned in school and practice further under the tutelage of an artist.
I can't thank our readers enough for the wonderful art and the stories you are sending in! It really brings our community closer.