Months and months ago, I joined a 12 Days of Christmas exchange hosted by Lelainia Loyd. You saw the wrapped gifts here. I'd been wanting to explore the idea of doing limited edition encaustics and this was the perfect opportunity. I started with a photo I'd taken in the Redwoods this summer.
It was an interesting exercise and I enjoyed the planning. Many months ago my hard drive failed. I lost the photo editing software that came with my computer and my Photoshop Elements. I've realized that I have to reload the Photoshop Elements and get more comfortable with using it. I was doing photo editing in Microsoft Office Pictures and it is barely adequate.
The best part of the project was getting in to the studio daily until it was done. I've learned that I can capture time for making on a regular basis. It does mean letting a lot of other pieces of my life slide. I think some simplification is in order if I want to find more time to paint.
As an exercise, the process of making the same thing 14 times was very useful for learning more about moving the wax and composition. I also realized I want to work bigger. These are all 5"x5". I wanted more room for wax and fabric. Making the photo smaller might have worked as well.
I was grateful I was able to finish this project on time. My day job has been so challenging since October that until two weeks ago I was regularly bringing work home for evenings and weekends. Thankfully it's eased up and I'm headed back into the studio.