Note on the painting: In this painting I start to explore using photographs as a collage element. I love using my own photographs, and this one has personal history. This gate was part of the first home that my husband and I bought... a 1920's bungalow in Richmond, VA. The gate opened up to a little cottage garden that we had in the backyard.
This photo has been mounted to a wood panel then painted with encaustic paint, which is made with a mixture of beeswax, damar resin and pigment. In addition to the photograph and paint, I've also used India ink and marks made with metallic foil.
Melissa is the recipient of my first-ever-online-art-giveaway. The rules were simple: join my Facebook page and/or leave a comment under the Giveaway post below. I wanted to be absolutely fair, so I used an online random number generator to come up with the winner. Melissa was #86, and I sent her an email with some JPEG's of available works, giving her some options. She picked this one, a painting of bees above a field of dandelions.
Melissa & I attended Maine College of Art together, and because of Facebook we have connected in recent years. She is a talented chef and food writer and has a fabulous blog of her own that you should check out.
I find it perfect that she chose one of my bee paintings, because as it turns out, Melissa means