my first blog post ever...no pressure
I have to start with what has to be the most special painting I've done. There actually ended up being 2 pieces involved in the commission. Anyway, here are the opening lines from an email I received a while back:
"Ok. This may be the strangest email you have ever gotten. And it may seem a tad creepy but I am serious..."
What followed was a request to incorporate cremation ashes into an encaustic painting. This woman's brother loved to fly-fish in Colorado and most of his ashes were already scattered along the Poudre River. With the remaining remains, she wanted something more tangible; something that captured his spirit. A painting of his favorite place. In fact, when she ran the idea by her sister, she requested a painting as well and the idea was to eventually leave both paintings to each of their brother's 2 daughters (hope you haven't lost me on the family tree...)
At first I thought, no way.
This is too much responsibility.
What if I mess it up ... I can't just scrape away and throw away the wax like I usually do when I need to make a change. This time they would contain human remains.
And what if I spilled some?! There were sure to be dustings in my work area that I couldn't recover.
But my second thought was, how cool. What an incredible and unique way to honor someone's memory.
So I said yes.
And here is one of the pieces....