New Book! New Video! New Site!

Updated on October 23

Finally, I completed a new artbook Beyond Time and Space, Cry for LOVE-What Women Feel  (vol. 1)!!  It’s released in conjunction with the Vancouver Art Book Fair on October 17 – 18, 2020.  Thank you to those who visited the booth of Art Byte Critique. 

More of my artbooks, front covers’ variation, and available options can be viewed at the online shop until October 30 (Art Book month!) with this book collection.

I posted the quick preview of this new book on YouTube (See below link).  You can take a look at the inside the book. This is short version of the video. (Less than one minute)

This book [Beyond Time and Space…] is my first handbound artist book with uniquely handcrafted front cover with encaustic monotype and collage.  I’m feeling so relieved and happy to get it done! 💦🙌 It feels a bit different from the regular published books such as FAUSTUS.

Let me know what you think! If you are interested in getting one of these books or for any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

The online store was launched and open for each collection. So, it is close between new collections/exhibitions.  (Note: The currency would be Canadian dollars, US dollars, and Japanese yen. But, it is international online shot, so it will automatically calculate for your currency at the end. Or you can always contact us for the precise price for the book/art in your currency before checking out.)onlineStore1da

As for this book Beyond Time and Space, you can choose the front cover. There are three shades; Orange, blue, or purple. (Please contact us with the color of the front cover that you are interested. I can email you more front-cover art images that are not online but available.) The inside pages are the same (Please Refer to the video).

The color-matched bookmarks are also available as an option. You can select the option in this online store. The Translucent Cover version (TR) without the original encaustic monotype front cover is also available on site while the shop is open for the book. Still handbound with thread.

Come back here in this blog post or online store for the updates and/or new products.


About the Series and the Book

This artbook contains Misako Oba’s 10 encaustic mixed media artworks from the series Truth in Emotion, Beyond Time and Space, inspired by the ancient Japanese poems called 小倉百人一首 Ogura Hakunin Isshu (100 poems by 100 poets), the anthology of ca. 7th-13th century Japanese Waka poems.

Part 1 of the series is titled Cry for LOVE – What Women Feel, a collection of desperate love poems by female poets. I added English translation of each Waka poem and the description along the images of my artwork in this book.

People today love and suffer just as in ancient times. Linked by our humanity, we face many of the same feelings and issues. It truly is beyond time and space.

In the encaustic mixed media, the Waka poems that you can see were re-written in calligraphy by my father Kenichi Oba, a calligraphy master in Japan, before his passing using the original ancient characters on traditional Japanese rice paper for this project.

The Waka collection Hyakunin Isshu (100 poems by 100 poets 百人一首 ) is well-known  in Japan. However, language is too ancient/old to understand for us much. So, for this project, I first translated into modern Japanese to get the meaning and then translated into English to create my art, and also to introduce each meaning to both non-Japanese audience and Japanese audience. The book has English text along with the original Waka poem in Japanese and the images of my artworks.

It took incredibly so much time for researching, studying ancient Waka and the backgound, contemplating, translating, photographing contemporary elements abroad to integrate, and gathering materials, creating art, and again researching, and more. Then, after all, creating the book was another entire process💦 😊🤗😆

For English translations and to finish creating this artbook, I can’t thank enough to those who supported me:
✨Special thanks to Zan Appell, Kevin DallaSanta, Gary Gesell, Arthur Huang, and Art Byte Critique Artist Group.✨  Also, to Hiroko Kobayashi who video taped the book and editing with me.

Truth in Emotion, Beyond Time and Space “Cry for LOVE- What Women Feel” vol. 1

Font Cover: Unique, handcrafted with encaustic monotype.
Variation of 10 + 2 A.P.
Hand numbered, signed, and stamped.
UV-coated pigment print.
Handbound by the artist with thread.
Comes with mini-encaustic scroll charm.

190 x 138mm (approx. 7.5 x 5.5 inch)
23 pages
Created: October 2020

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New Book and Art Book Fair

I am pleased to announce that my new artbook Beyond Time and Space, Cry for LOVE-What Women Feel vol. 1 is out in conjunction with the Vancouver Art Book Fair this weekend! October 17 – 18, 2020.

Find my new book at the booth of Art Byte Critique!  Wherever you are, it is available to join the event at online this year. Find and click Art Byte Critique at VABF website. The links should of  be updated after the event opening in the evening on Oct. 16 in Vancouver Time (PDT). 

Six Art Byte Critique artists mostly based in Tokyo are participating in this event with their zines and artbooks:
Arthur Huang, Mariko Jesse, Yuko Kamei, Lori Ono, Nick West, and myself Misako Oba.

Misako Oba's artbook [Beyond Time and Space, Cry for LOVE-What Women Feel] vol. 1

This is my first handbound artist book. The front cover is also uniquely handcrafted with encaustic monotype (variation of 10). Text is my translation into English along with original Japanese Waka poems.

To view inside of the book in a video, please visit the table/booth of the exhibitor Art Byte Critique at Vancouver Art Book Fair!   (or Go to the next post!)

This book contains Misako Oba’s 10 encaustic mixed media artworks from the series Truth in Emotion, Beyond Time and Space, inspired by the ancient Japanese poems called Ogura Hakunin Isshu 小倉百人一首 (100 poems by 100 poets), the anthology of ca. 7th-13th century Japanese Waka poems.

Part 1 of the series is titled Cry for LOVE – What Women Feel, a collection of desperate love poems by female poets. I added English translation of each Waka poem and the description along the images of my artwork.

*My books are also available newly launched online store this weekend. Don’t miss! It’s open until the end of this month!  But, during the VANCOUVER ART BOOK FAIR, receive CAD$10 OFF if you place an order for CAD$100 or more!
Discount code: FAIRVANC
(Expires at midnight on October 18, 2020 PDT).

Enjoy! There are many events and LIVE chat at the Fair site. I will be at our booth from 4 am in the morning in Japan time :). I am looking forward to attending the opening party with DJ and all (zoom online this year)!

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現代抽象画とL.I.P.Y.シリーズ

※For all English (updated July 27), please click here!

“I see abstraction as a potential language to speak to today’s world about the hope of things to come.”(私は抽象というものを、来るべきものの希望に関して今日の世界に語りかける将来性のある言語だと考えています。)
~ マコト・フジムラ      

Limner Gallery in NY presents:  
NEOTERIC ABSTRACT Exhibition, July 1 through 31, 2020  

もともと今年4月いっぱいで予定されていたニューヨークのLimner ギャラリーでの企画展Neoteric Abstract (現代抽象画展)は、今月いっぱい開催中。ギャラリーが選んだ現代美術作家の絵画・彫刻がご覧いただけます。
 展覧会期間2020年7月1日〜31日

2月には同ギャラリーに搬入したのですが、新型コロナウィルスの影響のため延期。当初は人が密に集まるオープニングレセプションなしで、展覧会をこの夏か秋にずらして、会場で開催される予定でした。が、米国政府の段階的経済活動再開に従うとともに「第二波」懸念を配慮して、ニューヨークの同ギャラリーはたぶん来年3月ぐらいまでは通常オープンできないということで、結局、オンライン展覧会+ギャラリー製作・印刷の同展覧会用のカタログ・マガジンが発行されアートコレクターに送付されました。L.I.P.Y. #6 by Misako Oba (detail)

大庭みさこの作品は、ミツロウを使ったエンコースティツク・ミクストメディア*作品で、昨年東京での展覧会で展示した作品中の「“L.I.P.Y.L‘essentiel est Invisible pour les Yeux” (大切なものは目に見えない)」続編の新作で、今年2020年に完成したものです。
どうぞ下記画像、及び画像のリンク等をご参照ください。

※ L.I.P.Y.シリーズの作品は、このLimnerギャラリーが取り扱っているもの、またこの度、イタリアの コンテクスト・ ギャラリーから取り扱い作家としてのお話をいただき、契約が成立したたため、今後そちらを通して販売される作品などもあるので、作品のよってどこが取り扱っているか異なります。値段や詳細等、いずれにしても「日本語でのお問い合わせ」は、お気軽に大庭までメール、もしくはこちらからご連絡ください
ギャラリーが取り扱う前の作品、アトリエで完成したばかりの作品ほか、インスタグラムにも載せていますので、ご興味のある方、ご質問等はインスタのDMもしくはこちらからどうぞ。

新作のL.I.P.Y. #5と#6 は、これまでの「大切なものは目に見えない」のテーマに加え、日本で暮らすと確実に体験する(私も実感!)年々増す暑さ・気温上昇、台風の数の増加、自然災害など、人間の営みによる Climate change(地球温暖化を含む様々な気候変動)もこれらの作品のテーマになっています。(抽象なので、「それを絶対読み取って」とは言わないですが(笑))、通常、私の作品や各シリーズには、抽象画でもメッセージ性があり、コンセプト等があって制作しているので、背後にひそむものに思い巡らして作品を見つめたり、現在のみなさん自身と対峙したり、楽しんだり、見つめてボーっとしたり、こういうブログを読んだり、話しのネタにしたりしていただければ幸いです! 心で作品を見てみてくださいね
何かを感じ、人生何らかのきっかけになってくれたらと願っています。

英文には、このシリーズについてさらに詳細を書いていますので、できれば(翻訳機能を使用してでも、そのまままでも :)是非、お読みいただけると大変うれしいです!💜

日常生活に、そして人生に、潤いとハリ(肌みたい ;)エネルギーと安らぎ、心の豊かさ、希望と愛をお届けすべくアーティストとしての使命・役割を果たしていきたいと思っています。
      

  作品や値段に関するお問い合わせ・ご質問は、日本語の場合はお気軽に大庭までメール、もしくはこちらからも日本語でOKです。

  <語彙解説>
*美術において、「ミクストメディア」とは、ひとつの作品に複数の種類の画材を使い融合させたもの。私の展示作品は、主に蜜ロウと顔料から成る「エンコースティック」と呼ばれる絵具と、油彩・水彩・和紙ほか、今回は純銀・金粉などを加えました。抽象的にコラージュしたテキスト(文字)は英語やフランス語で、テーマ関連のメッセージが散りばめられています。

英語版はこちらもしくは以下をご覧ください。

In this show, the selected Contemporary Artists present their newest and most inspiring creative works of painting, mixed media, sculptures, and photography.

Limner Gallery, NY: Neo Abstract Exhibition

Note: 2020 exhibits will be in online and in print magazine format pending resolution of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The exhibit was originally scheduled at the gallery during April 2020.

Limner Gallery Post Card, Original date to Revised

Gallery hours and direction:
Due to COVID-19, the gallery is currently open only by appointment.
Please call if planning a visit:
518-567-7858
123 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534. USA
* The artwork will be shipped internationally.

 

My work is from L.I.P.Y. – Lessentiel est Invisible pour les Yeux” (= What is essential is invisible to the eye) Series.Encaustic Mixed Media L.I.P.Y. #6 by Misako Oba■ L.I.P.Y. #6” (Emerald), 2020, Misako OBA. Signed and titled on the verso.
Encaustic Mixed Media on Cradled Wood Panel (encaustic, oil, watercolor, pigment ink, Japanese paper, pure silver/gold flecks), Ready to hang. 10 W x 10 H x 1 D inch (25.4 x 25.4 x 2.5 cm).

If you are interested in my artworks, or if you have questions, please contact the gallery director Tim  in New York: +1-518-567-7858 (phone).
TheLimner at aol.com (email).
Or do not hesitate to contact me.
For additional information on any of the artists in the exhibit, prices etc., contact the gallery as well.

The following artworks are NOT for sale yet, but they are from the same L.I.P.Y. series and would be a good reference for the side view since LIPY #6’s side view looks the same. The following pieces will be available soon from Context Art Gallery. Stay tune✨ I will post update on my website or Instagram.
With Side View W1. Encaustic Mixed Media L.I.P.Y. #5 by Misako Oba

L.I.P.Y. #5” (Emerald), 2020, Misako OBA. Encaustic Mixed Media on Cradled Wood Panel. Ready to hang. 10 W x 10 H x 1 D inch (25.4 x 25.4 x 2.5 cm).
Although I personally intended to get them displayed the way you see them above, the #5 and #6 could be any orientation. I signed and titled on the verso (back).

I abstractly integrate the timeless messages and contemporary computer-programming languages (codes) that correlate with the stars, desert, universe, and our lives. The above work L.I.P.Y. #5 and #6 are also my emotional response and factual visual statement to global climate change with a conceptual and philosophical approach.

I experience the change in a real sense. It causes more typhoons🌀, thunderstorms⚡️, and higher temperatures🔥💦 than decade(s) ago. Although scientists and professionals continually research about nature, there is still something beyond human understanding. 

* Please read [About “L.I.P.Y.” Series] below for my message behind this series, and view more images. 

How Do You See Abstract Art? 

Have you ever wondered, “How should we see the art, paintings, or abstract works?” 

It’s okay if you don’t “understand” the work. You can just feel it with your heart instead of your head. But, the following questions are useful regarding contemporary abstract painting or sculpture. I forgot who said it, but an art professional such as a curator or gallery director once said this kind of thing. 

  • What themes and forms does it retrieve from the tradition of modern art?
  • How have they been changed?
  • How has the artist used them to express the social, political, and spiritual experience of our own time?

Keep these questions in mind when viewing abstract artworks. In the meantime, just enjoy them! This show has neoteric abstract artworks.
Definitions of neoteric: modern; new; recent.
Synonyms for neoteric: contemporary, current, modernized, state-of-the-art, stylish, etc.

As a contemporary artist, I strive to push the boundaries of traditional methods or mediums to seek further possibilities. For example, encaustic is historically traditional paint, but I use it with text of modern languages including codes from our time, hi-end archival digital print transfer, and so forth.

Although my recent works are mostly abstract or semi-abstract, there is a solid concept or message behind each series, which you can discover by visiting here Behind the Scene blog.

I hope contemporary abstract art gives you energy, imagination, and provides inspiration in your life, and perhaps healing to those who need it. It may also allow you to see things from new perspectives! 

About “L.I.P.Y. Series

My body of work explores human life as a journey and examines our soul and emotions. These works are from the ongoing Stars and Desert project. The title “L.I.P.Y.” is my acronym of “L’essentiel est Invisible pour les Yeux” (=What is essential is invisible to the eye) in French. I was inspired by this phrase in the book The Little Prince (by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) and the Bible verse 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

My signature color is blue and blue shades.  Although you may still see the trace of blue, I started using green occasionally as the dominant color since 2019. I make my own encaustic paints for those green shades. Emerald green comes from the Seattle nickname ‘Emerald City‘ where I have lived and still create my work (in addition to Japan). The name is due to the lush, green forests of Washington State, which have been beautiful and essential for our lives. 

If you look closely at art and life, the marks and details may emerge. However, sometimes, what is essential is invisible to the eye (= “Lessentiel est Invisible pour les Yeux” (L.I.P.Y.)〜大切なものは目に見えない〜 . Focus on the subject(s) with your heart.


“L.I.P.Y.” 
(#1, #2, #3, #4 )
,
Encaustic Mixed Media on cradled wood panels (encaustic, oil, watercolor, pigment ink, silk, Japanese paper, pure silver/gold flecks).
*The layout of four panels is changeable; Each piece can be displayed all together as quadriptych or individually vertically or horizontally.

Encaustic Mixed Media, L.I.P.Y. (#3 and #4 as Diptych) by Misako Oba

L.I.P.Y. #3 and #4. 24 W x 12 H x 1 D inch (61 x 30.5 x 2.5cm)

Encaustic Mixed Media, L.I.P.Y. (#1 and #2 as Diptych) by Misako Oba

L.I.P.Y. #1 and #2. 24 W x 12 H x 1 D inch (61 x 30.5 x 2.5cm)

Or as you see them here, they can be two pieces together as a diptych, and so forth. The display options are versatile!

I layer memories, thoughts, dreams, paths, maps, realities, illusions, and disillusions. I also layer timeless messages in the text as I mentioned. I am interested and would feel awe from vast nature to tiny details, from science and math to supernatural power simultaneously.

Life on earth is limited and is like a mist. We feel nostalgia or ‘saudade‘ when triggered by sceneries, landscapes, artworks, words, or surrounding environments. We cherish memories and sometimes may long for someone or something we do not or cannot have. Visual works, imagery, or words—even without knowing the details—often affect how we think and live. Provoking or generating these emotions is one of my roles as an artist. 🙂 

 

As for the purchase, please contact us for the prices or to see if the work is available and which gallery is in charge, one in New York and another in Italy. It depends on which artwork you are interested. Shipping internationally.

 For your reference: The Artist Page where you can see how I created the series and about stars in the sky.
The interview article:  I talk about my theme and hidden text in the works and shared some tips for your creative life!

 

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Contemporary Abstract and My L.I.P.Y.

Updated on July 27
※日本語でのメッセージは  ここをクリック!

“I see abstraction as a potential language to speak to today’s world about the hope of things to come.”
~ Makoto Fujimura      

Limner Gallery in NY presents:
NEOTERIC ABSTRACT Exhibition
July 1 through 31, 2020  

細長LIPY6_MisakoObaIn this show, the selected Contemporary Artists present their newest and most inspiring creative works of painting, mixed media, sculptures, and photography. I am pleased to be a part of the contemporary abstract show.  It’s through the end of this month! 

Limner Gallery, NY: Neo Abstract Exhibition

Note: 2020 exhibits will be in online and in print magazine format pending resolution of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The exhibit was originally scheduled at the gallery during April 2020.

Limner Gallery Post Card, Original date to Revised

Gallery hours and direction:
Due to COVID-19, the gallery is currently open only by appointment.
Please call if planning a visit:
518-567-7858
123 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534. USA
* The artwork will be shipped internationally.

 

My work is from L.I.P.Y. – Lessentiel est Invisible pour les Yeux” (= What is essential is invisible to the eye) Series.Encaustic Mixed Media L.I.P.Y. #6 by Misako Oba■ L.I.P.Y. #6” (Emerald), 2020, Misako OBA. Signed and titled on the verso.
Encaustic Mixed Media on Cradled Wood Panel (encaustic, oil, watercolor, pigment ink, Japanese paper, pure silver/gold flecks), Ready to hang. 10 W x 10 H x 1 D inch (25.4 x 25.4 x 2.5 cm).

If you are interested in my artworks, or if you have questions, please contact the gallery director Tim  in New York: +1-518-567-7858 (phone).
TheLimner at aol.com (email).
Or do not hesitate to contact me.
For additional information on any of the artists in the exhibit, prices etc., contact the gallery as well.

The following artworks are NOT for sale yet, but they are from the same L.I.P.Y. series and would be a good reference for the side view since LIPY #6’s side view looks the same. The following pieces will be available soon from Context Art Gallery. Stay tune✨ I will post update on my website or Instagram.
With Side View W1. Encaustic Mixed Media L.I.P.Y. #5 by Misako Oba

L.I.P.Y. #5” (Emerald), 2020, Misako OBA. Encaustic Mixed Media on Cradled Wood Panel. Ready to hang. 10 W x 10 H x 1 D inch (25.4 x 25.4 x 2.5 cm).
Although I personally intended to get them displayed the way you see them above, the #5 and #6 could be any orientation. I signed and titled on the verso (back).

I abstractly integrate the timeless messages and contemporary computer-programming languages (codes) that correlate with the stars, desert, universe, and our lives. The above work L.I.P.Y. #5 and #6 are also my emotional response and factual visual statement to global climate change with a conceptual and philosophical approach.

I experience the change in a real sense. It causes more typhoons🌀, thunderstorms⚡️, and higher temperatures🔥💦 than decade(s) ago. Although scientists and professionals continually research about nature, there is still something beyond human understanding. 

* Please read [About “L.I.P.Y.” Series] below for my message behind this series, and view more images. 

How Do You See Abstract Art? 

Have you ever wondered, “How should we see the art, paintings, or abstract works?” 

It’s okay if you don’t “understand” the work. You can just feel it with your heart instead of your head. But, the following questions are useful regarding contemporary abstract painting or sculpture. I forgot who said it, but an art professional such as a curator or gallery director once said this kind of thing. 

  • What themes and forms does it retrieve from the tradition of modern art?
  • How have they been changed?
  • How has the artist used them to express the social, political, and spiritual experience of our own time?

Keep these questions in mind when viewing abstract artworks. In the meantime, just enjoy them! This show has neoteric abstract artworks.
Definitions of neoteric: modern; new; recent.
Synonyms for neoteric: contemporary, current, modernized, state-of-the-art, stylish, etc.

As a contemporary artist, I strive to push the boundaries of traditional methods or mediums to seek further possibilities. For example, encaustic is historically traditional paint, but I use it with text of modern languages including codes from our time, hi-end archival digital print transfer, and so forth.

Although my recent works are mostly abstract or semi-abstract, there is a solid concept or message behind each series, which you can discover by visiting here Behind the Scene blog.

I hope contemporary abstract art gives you energy, imagination, and provides inspiration in your life, and perhaps healing to those who need it. It may also allow you to see things from new perspectives! 

About “L.I.P.Y. Series

My body of work explores human life as a journey and examines our soul and emotions. These works are from the ongoing Stars and Desert project. The title “L.I.P.Y.” is my acronym of “L’essentiel est Invisible pour les Yeux” (=What is essential is invisible to the eye) in French. I was inspired by this phrase in the book The Little Prince (by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) and the Bible verse 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

My signature color is blue and blue shades.  Although you may still see the trace of blue, I started using green occasionally as the dominant color since 2019. I make my own encaustic paints for those green shades. Emerald green comes from the Seattle nickname ‘Emerald City‘ where I have lived and still create my work (in addition to Japan). The name is due to the lush, green forests of Washington State, which have been beautiful and essential for our lives. 

If you look closely at art and life, the marks and details may emerge. However, sometimes, what is essential is invisible to the eye (= “Lessentiel est Invisible pour les Yeux” (L.I.P.Y.)〜大切なものは目に見えない〜 . Focus on the subject(s) with your heart.


“L.I.P.Y.” 
(#1, #2, #3, #4 )
,
Encaustic Mixed Media on cradled wood panels (encaustic, oil, watercolor, pigment ink, silk, Japanese paper, pure silver/gold flecks).
*The layout of four panels is changeable; Each piece can be displayed all together as quadriptych or individually vertically or horizontally.

Encaustic Mixed Media, L.I.P.Y. (#3 and #4 as Diptych) by Misako Oba

L.I.P.Y. #3 and #4. 24 W x 12 H x 1 D inch (61 x 30.5 x 2.5cm)

Encaustic Mixed Media, L.I.P.Y. (#1 and #2 as Diptych) by Misako Oba

L.I.P.Y. #1 and #2. 24 W x 12 H x 1 D inch (61 x 30.5 x 2.5cm)

Or as you see them here, they can be two pieces together as a diptych, and so forth. The display options are versatile!

I layer memories, thoughts, dreams, paths, maps, realities, illusions, and disillusions. I also layer timeless messages in the text as I mentioned. I am interested and would feel awe from vast nature to tiny details, from science and math to supernatural power simultaneously.

Life on earth is limited and is like a mist. We feel nostalgia or ‘saudade‘ when triggered by sceneries, landscapes, artworks, words, or surrounding environments. We cherish memories and sometimes may long for someone or something we do not or cannot have. Visual works, imagery, or words—even without knowing the details—often affect how we think and live. Provoking or generating these emotions is one of my roles as an artist. 🙂 

 

As for the purchase, please contact us for the prices or to see if the work is available and which gallery is in charge, one in New York and another in Italy. It depends on which artwork you are interested. Shipping internationally.

 For your reference: The Artist Page where you can see how I created the series and about stars in the sky.
The interview article:  I talk about my theme and hidden text in the works and shared some tips for your creative life!

※日本語でのメッセージは  ここをクリック!

 

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Miss Someone or Something? Saudade

Not just Feel Missing but Saudade

Someone recently moved away, and we had a farewell to say good-bye. Although we can talk via phone, text, or video, we will probably never see each other again in person. We will no longer share experiences together. Visiting online is great, but it never replaces physical meetings. Especially, with your loved ones or close friends.

This might be a similar feeling when you graduate from high school or college and no longer see many of your friends due to different life choices.

Physical distance sometimes affects emotional distance and vice versa.

I have a friend and a friend of my close friends who passed away because of COVID-19. It was unexpected. They were healthy and young. We felt so sad. We can no longer hear their voices or be with them.

It is always difficult to lose close friendships or relationships, and lose loved ones unexpectedly or expectedly because you know it’s their time.

You may not lose the memories and shared experiences, while also appreciating those times.

But the heart still aches.

It’s a simple but complex feeling. It’s not just a feeling of loss… It’s feeling ‘saudade’.

Saudade01_detail1_byMisakoO

In (Brazilian) Portuguese, “Estou com saudades de você,” translates as:
“I feel saudade of you” meaning “I miss you,” but carries a much stronger tone. In fact, you can have saudade of someone whom you are with, but have some feeling of loss toward the past or future. You can have saudade about part of the relationship or emotions once experienced with someone, though the person in question is still part of your life, as in “Tenho saudade do que fomos” (I feel saudade of the way we were).*

When listening to music by City of the Sun the other day, I also felt ‘saudade’ of New York City where I lived for many years and consider as my second hometown. We have not been able to fly there in the last few months because of COVID-19.  I first encountered their guitar music on the street of Manhattan. Their melancholic guitar sound reminds me of Spain where I also feel connected. Their soulful music helped me ponder and continue painting with emotions.

All those facts prompted me to paint.

I have been busy with ongoing projects, such as [Stars and Desert] series of mixed media (encaustic, oil, watercolor), which are my familiar medium. However, I couldn’t resist jumping into canvas or paper to paint simply with acrylics. They are more intuitive works. And I decided to share on Instagram for the first time. 

Most of my artworks have been carefully planned or conceptualized. I use my left brain for research and even to create artworks, although I am probably more like a right-brain person. So, this series is a little different. Full of my right brain :).

In both cases, my aim is to keep creating from my heart and soul, reflecting on our time or visiting the past or future.

‘Suadade’ Meaning

Saudade (English: /ˌsaʊˈdɑːdə/, European Portuguese: [sɐwˈðaðɨ], Brazilian Portuguese: [sawˈdadi] or [sawˈdadʒi], 日本語発音はサウダージ, is a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one cares for and/or loves while simultaneously having positive emotions toward the future. It’s from Portuguese.*

Saudade is the emotion caused by the distance or lack of “something” or “someone.”(*2)

It’s a simple but deep complex feeling to deal with. 

This is the first piece I painted with Acrylic for this occasion. As I gazed at the finished work, the title Saudade’ came to my heart.   

Saudade #1 by Misako Oba. Acrylic on paper.    [Saudade #1], Acrylic on paper, 2020, Misako Oba

Moreover, the meaning of ‘saudade’ often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never be had again. It is the recollection of feelings, experiences, places, or events that once brought excitement, pleasure, and well-being, which now trigger the senses and make one experience the pain of separation from those joyous sensations. However, it acknowledges that to long for the past would detract from the excitement you feel towards the future. Saudade describes both happy and sad at the same time, which is most closely translated to the English saying ‘bittersweet’.*

I created more acrylic paintings, which resulted in the Saudade series. It is very personal but depicts universal emotions as being in the state of feeling saudade perhaps at some point in one’s life. This is also one of my responses to the pandemic circumstances, and social distancing during quarantine.

Saudade #3 by Misako Oba[Saudade #3 – Dream or Reality], Acrylic on paper, 2020, Misako Oba

As an artist, being in quarantine doesn’t change the solitude of working in a studio. However, maybe because of all the cancellations and postponements, it helped me focus and create in the environment with fewer distractions, such as preparing for events/exhibitions, social gathering, and meetings with friends and so forth. So, my brain has worked more clearly and keenly, and I have been more sensitive to listening to my inner voice.

I immerse myself to engage and use my five senses fully for the creative process, depicting a deep, emotional state of Saudade; nostalgic or profound melancholic longing or pathos by being aware of impermanence or transience of things.

Saudade #2 by Misako Oba[Saudade #2 – Deep Emotional State], Acrylic on paper, 2020, Misako ObaCommentOnSaudade02_Instagram_2

 

 

 

I am so glad to know that my art speaks for itself and moved someone’s emotion. He felt his past when seeing this image and responded before I provided an explanation. 

‘Suadade’ in Other Languages?!

Suadade translates as nostalgia’ in Italian and nostalgie’ in French. It is similar but not equal to ‘nostalgia’ in English. In Spanish, there is the word saudade. It is said that Saudade is one of the most difficult words in the world to translate into other languages.(*2)

As a Japanese, I noticed that we have the old Japanese word Mono no Aware, which we don’t use anymore in our contemporary society, but it seems to have a similar concept or meaning with Saudade. The word also has multiple meanings and layers. I also have the encaustic mixed media art series from this concept of Mono no Aware. So, I somehow get the Saudade with better understanding as I researched. In Japanese, it can be 懐かしさ、昔恋しさ、やるせなさ、孤独感、哀愁、郷愁….etc., but, still difficult to explain with just one word.

Saudade #7 by Misako Oba[Saudade #6 – Dream or Nightmare], Acrylic on paper, 2020, Misako Oba

“Que saudade!”
(indicating a general feeling of longing, whereby the object of longing can be a general and undefined entity/occasion/person/group/period etc. This feeling of longing can be accompanied or better described by an abstract will to be where the object of longing is.)*

I have been feeling ‘saudade’ toward many things/person(s) in the past few months. That naturally and organically contributed to building and developing this series.

How about you? Have you ever felt this complex emotion?

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More works are available on paper and canvas (larger and smaller).  I have already received some inquiries. Thank you! Yes. Don’t hesitate to reach me.

Most artworks from the Saudade series can be purchased starting July 1, 2020. Please check this [Behind the Scene] for updates.

 

Reference/quotes: (*) Wikipedia 
(*2) 世界で最も翻訳しにくい単語

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Instagram? Now? Acrylics?

Today’s blog post is short, at least shorter compared with my other blog posts that are usually long! (I know I have to learn to write shorter.😅)  It is just an announcement!

instagram logo 1I am pleased and excited to inform you and invite you to my Instagram posts. Yep, finally.  @misakoobaart

I am perhaps a bit secretive about my life and introverted in a way although I was on TV every day at some point in my life… I actually like staying in. People think I’m extroverted, while I think I’m introverted. I may be an ambivert. Yet, I just felt I may need to practice a more extroverted side in social media. I have been on Facebook, though. 

Anyway, Instagram is something that I had been resisting to start and I didn’t make an account until this time. I knew it is super popular for everyone and I even know that a lot of galleries find artists through it. It feels like I must be the only visual artist who didn’t have an account and show works there. People asked me, but, I just didn’t want to add up to my already-busy- life. Yet, I felt this is the time for me.  I just knew. 

Instagram @ misakoobaart

In fact, I am enjoying it so far. It was probably worth waiting for me. 

Acrylic Painting

I began posting my current acrylic paintings. Yes, acrylic, which I had never explored much until this time. As you might see in my previous posts and already know by now, I am a mixed media artist using mainly encaustic, oil, ink, text including codes, printmaking, watercolors, and Japanese paper. But, not much acrylic since it doesn’t go well with encaustic/wax.    

I continue creating mixed media paintings, however, I also began working on acrylics besides my regular mixed media projects such as [Stars and Desert] series. 

And, I noticed that understanding how different medium works can help you better understand your own medium! 🎨

I have been having many acrylic paints in my studio that include quite new ones but didn’t have a chance to use them much. I will tell you more about why I began painting with acrylics in the future blog.  Oh, so, do not forget to follow me here for my blog😊, if you haven’t yet, so that you will NOT miss the next post, which I will share the meaning and the story behind those acrylic artworks. You may feel connected. 

And, I found myself feeling more free and light. I could be bold and I can explore more. Comparing with my other series, which I research and prepare for a long time before painting, those acrylic paintings have been done with a more intuitive✨ and free spirit. It feels like a bit new endeavor! 

I added the Instagram feed on the right side of this blog page. Can you see it properly? Please visit and feel free to Follow me on Instagram so that we can get connected even if you are not posting much lately and/or DM me there!  I am already receiving messages and inquiries about the works (Yes, most of those paintings will be available for purchase), and if my response is delayed, please forgive me, but I will definitely reply! (We may have a time difference, right?😉)

Right now, you may see only artworks themselves there, but I will post the process, perhaps things inspire me in daily life and you can glance at my personal life….etc.

Let’s share love, care, interest, energy, emotions, and inspiration especially in our on-going current situation worldwide.

Oh, did my blog get long (again)? ;_;)

 

 

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Felt Offended? Transform Your Emotion

Circle Thumbnails of artwork "Morning Stars Sang#3, and #1," and "Let It Go" by Misako OBA

Have you ever felt offended or upset because someone gave you a very hard time or seriously offended you? I guess anyone could have this experience.

I am usually not easily bothered. However, one day I had a tremendous emotion of rage and felt disturbed, offended, or cursed by receiving wrongdoing from a person. Unfortunately, there was no chance to discuss with this person, which made it harder.

Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and take off his head.”
But the king said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the LORD has said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’”
And David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “Behold, my own son seeks my life; how much more now may this Benjaminite! Leave him alone, and let him curse, for the LORD has told him to.
It may be that the LORD will look on the wrong done to me, and that the LORD will repay me with good for his cursing today.”   
(2 Samuel 16:9-12) 

At that time, I came across this story and I was like wow…it was extremely eye-opening! King David’s thoughts and actions were so generous, wise, and smart. The frustration caused by the incident will only consume you, and not necessarily the person who cursed you.

Humans are emotional creatures, which is good and bad. Be aware of it and you don’t always need to pay too much attention to your feelings. Sometimes, better not to. You could get a better outcome if you just don’t react based on your emotions to their offenses or each circumstance. (Sometimes they don’t even realize that are offending you.)

You choose how to respond to all events in your life.

If you put the offensive situation in the proper perspective, your life can be much easier. Like David did. So, I did. You can do it, too. Let it go. (Related works are below.) Trusting God will take care of it. Feel better and move on!

After reading and pondering the verses, praying, and creating the art, I felt much better the following morning. (Related works are below.) I was able to forgive and even bless the person in my heart.
(At the end of the story, the person and I reconciled in a super-natural, interesting timing in the best way, which was awesome.)

Rerated work of the book of 2 Samuel 16:10-12 and my personal experience
The Let It Go,” Galaxy – Emotion” and “Morning Star Sang#1” found each home 😃. So, I have added two more new pieces titled “Divine Plan” and “Morning Star Sang #3.” They were completed this week in my “cave time” in April 2020. Signed and title on verso.

⭐︎From the left: “Let It Go” (Sold/Not Available), Galaxy – Emotion (Sold/Not Available),  Divine Plan”(Completed in April 2020). All: Encaustic mixed media on cradled wood panel.
⭐︎From the left: “Morning Stars Sang#1 and #2 –  Job 38:7 and “Morning Stars Sang #3 Revelation 22:16.”  # 3 was completed this week.

Note: You can’t clearly read the text* of the verses for some pieces since they are applied in an abstract manner in layers with encaustic as my style. However, the soul and essence of these great messages are embedded in the artwork.

Experience your life changing.

 

 

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エンコースティックって?(What is Encaustic?)

* In English: What is Encaustic?

Behind The Scene(アート制作・舞台の裏がわ)にようこそ!

今日のトピック:
美術作品などで、油彩や水彩などはよく聞くけど、エンコースティック(encaustic)って何?

"Let It Go" by Misako Oba

数年以上に渡って、私は作品に、エンコースティック(encaustic)を使っています。単独でエンコースティック画(encaustic painting)を制作する場合や、その絵具と油彩・水彩などをひとつの作品に織り交ぜたミクスト・メディアをよく制作しているのですが、最近出会った人々との会話や、展覧会の際、

「これは何で描かれているのですか?」「Encausticとは何ですか?」

とよく聞かれます。

ということで、米国でアートを始めたせいもあって、これまで英語ではencausticそのものや、その技法を紹介したことがあるのですが、今回は初めて頑張って日本語で解説します!

私の作風の特徴のひとつとして、視覚的・心理的に幾重にも「レイヤーを重ねる」というような特徴があるので、この透明感・半透明感のあるエンコースティックを、初めて知った時はワクワクしました! さまざまな要素のレイヤーを重ね、また、この画材は写真との融合も可能なのです。以来、この深くて複雑で魅惑的な媒体・絵具を試し、探究し、(シリーズにもよりますが)多くの作品に使っています。保存性にも非常に優れているこの絵具と技法には、非常に多くの方法と可能性があるので、ここで紹介するのはごく基本的なものです。

この絵具は何でできているの? 

まず、エンコースティック(encaustic)というのは、「蜜ロウ・天然樹脂(ダンマル樹脂*)・顔料から成る固形絵具」です(写真右)。エンコースティック自体は、簡単にいえば、ロウ絵具ですね。でも美術品を制作にあたっては長期保存を前提にしているので、原材料は一般に使われるものより厳選されています。蜜ロウ(beeswax)にも様々な種類があり、精製された白っぽいものを使いますが、自分で絵具を作る場合も、質や、あとで顔料と混ぜる際の色の発色等も重要なので、ケミカル(薬品)で白く精製されたものは私は使わないようにしています。1_Encaustic blocks_photoByMisakoOba

固形のエンコースティックを溶かして塗り、一筆ごとに、ヒートガンやバーナー🔥で、塗った層をくっつけて融合・定着させていくので、かなり手間がかかります。日本語だと「焼き付け画」といってわかる人もいるのでしょうか。

欧米、特に米国や英国では、この絵の具、技法画材使っている美術家(アーティスト)も多く、専門の美術館もあるぐらいですが、確かに油彩や水彩、アクリル画などに比べると多くありません。(エンコースティック自体が、概して油絵の具よりも高価であり、描画技法や必要な様々な道具をそろえる手間もコストもかかる、ということも一因かもしれません。)一般の人では知らない人もいます。

 さらに日本では、芸術・美術界でさえも、まだまだ認知度が低い画材・絵の具であることを実感しました。とても魅力ある絵具・画なので、日本でももっと広まって欲しいと期待しています。ただ、日本のある美術家の方からは、「扱いが面倒で厄介なため、あまりこの技法を使う画家はいない」と聞きました。

ちなみに、私が始めた頃は、日本語はみかけなかったのですが、近年は、やっと「エンカウスティック」「エンカウスティーク」などと書かれたり呼ばれたりしていますが、私は今のところ、英語に一番近い発音[inkɔ́ːstik]で、日常的によく聞いていて自然な「エンコースティック」を使うことにしています。

注意! オンライン辞書などでは、encausticはロウを使った絵具なので、よく「蝋画(ろうが)」「蝋画技法」などと訳されているのを見かけます。私も当初は日本語では「蝋画」や「蜜蝋画」と言うのかな?と思って使っていたこともありましたが、実は欧米のこのエンコースティック技法(私の作品にも使っている技法)は、1950年代に広まったという日本の蝋画とはまったく手法が異なるということがわかりました。そこで、まぎらわしい誤解を防ぐため、私は蝋画という言葉を避けています。

 

このエンコースティックは、国内の画材専門店などに足を運んでも、販売しているのを見たことがなく、ギャラリーや日本語のオンライン販売もカナダなど北米からのもので種類も限られていて、輸入のせいか値段もさらに高価になるので、趣味でちょっと試すにはいいかもしれませんが、大型作品の制作や美術品としての長期保存や材質・種類にこだわりがあるとまだ選択肢が少ないので、日本で制作する場合も仕方なく、結局すべてアメリカで購入したもの(画材・関連材料や道具)を使っています。

ただ、私も最初は市販されたものだけを使っていましたが、作る作品が大きくなるにつれて、また多くのアーティストがそうであるように、エンコースティック技法の経験を積むにつれて、自分の作品にあった「レシピ」を研究し、以下の写真のように、描く時に一番必要なミディアム(メディウム)は、自分で材料を溶かしてを作るようにもなりました。また顔料を加え必要な色の絵具も作ることもあります。

国内ではまだフルに充実したエンコースティック画材の販売や技術が紹介されていないので、美術家の間でも認知度が低いのも仕方ないのかもしれません。(ちなみに描画過程で必要なガスバーナーだけはイワタニで良いものがあって米国のアーティスト間でも評判が良いので、私の「ガスバーナー・コレクション」に加えました!。)

DammarResin photo by MisakoOba

Dammar Resin ダンマル樹脂

構成要素・原材料のひとつであるダンマル樹脂は、東南ア ジアに生育する常緑樹が分泌する天然樹脂(結晶化した樹液)で、英語で Dammar crystal(ダンマル・クリスタル)とも言われるように、色は透明に淡黄色からちょっと褐色ががったものまであります。写真は私が米国で購入したもの。日本でも同じようなものを画材店やアマゾン等で購入できるようですが、種類が異なるかもしれません。

 

MeltingDarmarResinbyMisakoO

やわらかめの石のようなこの樹脂を、約200℉(摂氏約94℃)ぐらいで沸騰しないように溶かし、そこに分量どおりの蜜ロウを加えて、すべて液体になるまで溶かしていきます。先に蜜ロウを溶かす人もいますが、融点がダンマル樹脂の方が高いので、私は先に樹脂を溶かすこの方法でエンコースティックのベースとなるミディアム(メディウム)を作っています。

MakingEncausticMediumbyMisakoOba

蜜ロウとダンマル樹脂の比率 の “レシピ”は、出来上がったときの固さ、使い勝手、用途・好みに応じて変えます。テクスチャーや溶解温度も変わってくるため繊細なプロセス。

各画材メーカーや、作るアーティスト自身によって異なります。私も用途・好みでレシピを使い分けています。私はこれらを創作プロセスにおける「錬金術」と考えています。

Encaustic Medium done by MisakoOba

Encaustic medium. Done. 完成したエンコースティック・ミディアム

というのも、このロウの絵具の作り方次第で、固さや輝きほか、自分のアート作品に合わせてコントロールすることもでき、また作品に与える影響も可能性があるからです。

出来上がったこの半透明のミディアムは単独で使用することができ、また顔料を加えて着色して使用することもできます。私も、このあと再びとかして、顔料を加えて色のついた絵具を作ったりします。

アート制作は料理と似ている部分が多々あります^^)。私は制作の仕事からの逃げ(息抜き?!)で、よくアトリエから抜け出て台所に向かい、お菓子作りや料理に走ってしまいます。;)  そっちの方が気が楽で美味しいものもできますが、それではいけませんね..。もちろん道具は別々です(笑)。

エンコースティックの歴史。実は古典技法!

 一見、油、水彩、アクリルに比べて新しい媒体に聞こえるこの「エンコースティックencaustic」は、実は美術史上最古の絵画技法、古典的技法のひとつなのです。紀元前5世紀の古代ギリシャの絵画で一般的な技法で、刻のコーティング、船のつなぎ目のコーキングほか、1世紀頃のエジプトの墓での肖像画の絵具として使用されていました。 その後、一旦はほとんど姿を消したようですが、アーティストが現代の電気機器を使い始めた1990年代に復活。

ピカソなど著名アーティストも、実は使っていて作品が残っています。より近年ではジャスパー・ジョーンズのMoMA(ニューヨーク近代美術館)での展示ほか、欧米では多くの現代のアーティストが美術館やギャラリーで行われる展覧会にもエンコースティック作品を出していて、年々人気がさらに高まっているようです。

英語で「Encaustic」として使われている単語は、もともとギリシャ語 (enkaustikos)で「熱したり、燃やす」を意味しています。その言葉どおり、蜜ロウの絵具を熱して溶かして描くことから描いた各層の溶融まで熱が使用されます。

今後は「具体的な描画手順」や「絶対にやってはいけないこと」ほか、すでにご購入いただいた方もいらっしゃるので「作品の飾り方・保管の注意点」などを紹介していきますね。
何か「知りたい、リクエスト」があったら、こちらからどうぞ!

Encaustic mixed media [Morning Star Sang #3], Misako OBA

エンコースティック関連機関やイベント等のリソース(米国)

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*英語サイト(単に翻訳ではありません): In English: What is Encaustic?

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What is Encaustic?

*私がアートに使っているエンコウスティックとは?(日本語) – In Japanese 

During my last show or in daily conversation with people I recently met, I was asked, “What is Encaustic?” It is more well known in some countries such as the U.S. and U.K. than others like Japan. I have many artworks of encaustic paintings or encaustic mixed media. Whether or not you are in the art field, the knowledge would not hurt. Your curiosity is welcome!  So, I am going to explain again.

If you read my previous posts, you may already know that I am an artist who has used encaustic for multiple years. I have many artworks of encaustic paintings or encaustic mixed media. It depends on the series, but one of the characteristics of my artworks is layers; layers of different elements in mixed media or even in photography. That has been done even before I ever began using encaustic. I was excited after discovering encaustic, which has a transparent and/or translucent character.

Since encountering encaustic, I studied and decided to experience, experiment, explore, and express with this medium. I just fell in love. It’s deep and complex. There are so many ways and possibilities to apply this medium. 

"Let It Go" by Misako Oba

  What is encaustic paint made of?

Encaustic is a medium used in painting and can be made from beeswax, dammar crystal (resin), pigment. Some may add linseed oil and other ingredients. You could say encaustic is pigmented beeswax. It is like hot wax. Although encaustic paints are sold in art supply stores, many artists prepare their own encaustics. I do, too. Not all paints, but I make encaustic medium and some colors with my own mixture. I think of it as alchemy in the creative process, and it can affect how you control and manipulate this wax paint to your artworks.

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To make encaustic medium, I use beeswax and dammar crystal/resin. I then add pigment to make own color mixtures. There are several recipes. The appropriate proportion to manipulate textures is a detailed process. 

I also use R&F Handmade Paints and Enkaustikos Hot Cakes from art supply stores. I noticed slight color differences between brands even if the label is the same color name.

Painting with encaustic has a few basic steps.

1) Melt the paint
There is an encaustic heating palette. However, many artists and workshops use a hotplate/cooking griddle, which works well.

2) Apply to the surface/support and paint
The support must be solid and absorbent. So, stretched canvases are generally not appropriate unless they are very small, such as 4×4 inches. Encaustic doesn’t go well with acrylics. Therefore, canvas with acrylic gesso wouldn’t work. You could apply; however, it won’t last for long and it will crack. (I tried/experimented on 6×6 inch-canvas and it cracked after many years.) I am referencing artworks that are professional level and can be collectible for art lovers/collectors and museums and so forth. To ensure artwork lasts for a long time in art collections, I usually use wood panels or cradled wood panels. If applying on paper, I determine the amount of encaustic and how thin/thick based on the size and kinds of paper.

mystudio heating tools up13) Fuse the paint (each stroke or each layer)
Multiple methods and tools exist to fuse. I mainly use a heat gun and blowtorches depending on the desired results.

 

4) Repeat Steps 2) and 3).

 

Safety Measure
thermo_photoByMisakoOWhen painting, you have to manage encaustic paints between a temperature of 165°F and 220°F (74℃ – 104.5℃). The temperature shapes the texture: smooth or rough. Paints start to melt around 162°F. Some colors melt easily, while others require higher temperatures. You should take care not to overheat. Up to 220 °F is SAFE. As I work, I keep my eyes on a thermometer on my heated palette to not exceed this temperature. Otherwise, it gets toxic! The fumes can harm you. It is important to stick to safety measures, including proper ventilation. Be careful not to burn your skin with the equipment such as a heated palette, heat gun, etc.

 History of encaustic. It is an ancient medium!
Although the word encaustic sounds quite new compared with oil, watercolor, or acrylic, it is actually an ancient medium. It was a common technique in ancient Greek painting in the 5th century B.C. and used in ancient Greece to coat sculpture, caulk the joints for ships, or paint portraits in Egyptian tombs around the first century.

It seems encaustic almost disappeared from people’s eyes and became unpopular. However, a resurgence in popularity occurred in the 1990s as artists started to use modern electric equipment.

Resources for encaustic paint
If you are interested, you can read a brief history in the following books which I have:

The Art of Encaustic Painting by Joanne Mattera*
Encaustic Art by Lissa Rankin

R&F Handmade Paints in upstate New York offers workshops on the use of encaustics that include lectures, touching on its history.

NW Encaustic in Seattle and many encaustic artists organize workshops of encaustic painting. (I don’t call myself an encaustic artist but an artist or visual artist who uses encaustic since I use other media to art. It depends on my series and its concept.)

Many books and online tutorials are available about techniques besides the books I listed. I also liked Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch’s books. 

 Good events to meet artists who use encaustic
International Encaustic Conference
EncaustiCamp (This year will be the last one)

Now that you read this far, the next time you hear the word or see artworks created using encaustics, you may feel different.

With this ancient medium encaustic, I have been creating my mixed media such as Cosmos series (ongoing Stars and Desert project) in a contemporary setting using traditional and modern techniques.

 

To be continued in the next blog post about how to take care of encaustic art after purchasing it…

*私がアートに使っているエンコウスティックとは?(日本語) – In Japanese 
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Holiday Show with Stars: New Decade

Contemplate in this Holiday Season…

The year 2020 is upon us. On a social and personal level, the holiday season is a busy time with family, preparing for vacation, shopping, and parties. These events are tremendous but also a bit overwhelming emotionally. Your plans, hospitality, and how you organize things don’t have to be perfect. Be kind to yourself this holiday season, and treat yourself and others gently by slowing down and appreciating friends, family, and your surroundings. You may have experienced many things this year—good, bad, disasters, celebrations…it is good to reflect, but try not to dwell on it. Look forward with intentionally good expectations. I always remind myself I should not be agitated based on the circumstances, which are always changeable.

Japan got into a new era from Heisei to Reiwa this year. 2019 was the last year of Heisei (the 31st year) and is the first year of Reiwa as we got a new Emperor. This has been big news for most Japanese and perhaps not as essential for some Japanese. I don’t go with the Japanese era or the Japanese calendar, but rather the Western calendar (Gregorian calendar) even when I am in Japan.

In the Gregorian calendar, we will get into 2020 next year…a new decade. At the same time, it is just another day. Every day is a new day. I will try to continue to make the most of my life, which is super short compared with the history of planets, all creation, and eternity.

In this year-end holiday exhibition, my works are related to the coming year as a new phase, which feels refreshing for most of us. I am sharing my personal and common feelings in the work.

"Getting Past" (detail), encaustic mixed mediaThe exhibition is from December 5 through December 28. The gallery curated small works that are smaller than 18 inches (about 45.5 cm). My artworks are brand new, which were completed this month, and quickly shipped to the gallery in New York. They are encaustic mixed media (9.5 x 9.5 x 1.5 inch / 24 x 24 x 3.5 cm) and are part of the series Cosmos in my Stars and Desert project. The pieces are priced well for this holiday show.

As some of you know, those works also have text such as timeless messages and computer programing languages (code) that correlates with stars and universe. As we approach a new year and new decade, the work titles are “Getting Past,” “New Phase

“New Phase,” Encaustic mixed media on wood panel. 9.5x 9.5×1.5 inch =24x24x3.5cm (floater framed). Details (right)

 Small Works Holiday Exhibition and Sale
December 5 – 28, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 7, 4 – 6 pm

Limner Gallery
123 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534
[directions]

Tel: 518.567.7858

One of my artist friends, an oil painter, saw my original artwork in my studio and said,
“I’m sorry, but your works are unfortunate because the encaustic mixed media look much better in person and it doesn’t convey its beauty in the images online or on computer screen. Nowadays, people look and search for art mostly online.”

These comments were painful, but also true. Even video will not fully capture the texture or depth. Especially since encaustic and/or mixed media works look different, depending on the angle; shining or mat parts, atmosphere, heavy or light texture, subtle text in my work, and depth of the works. You can certainly enjoy more in person.

There will be many different types of artworks from other talented artists.

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Have you ever seriously sought your purpose and direction? – My work explores our universal experiences with human emotions, such as confusion, suffering, wondering, hope, joy, and love in our journey on this planet.  

I build layers of those complex elements with my emotions, traditional and modern techniques and mediums resulting in textured paintings. These paintings are challenging to feel the atmosphere (or view the actual texture) online, whereas the details come to life when seen in person.

Hope you stand in front of the art and feel what you feel. Time-Travel or recall your memories with your imagination. Come visit the gallery as a part of your holiday travels! 

I have experienced original artworks at galleries that have strongly spoken to me and transformed my life. I didn’t even know the artist. One day, art got me out of a dark sea. This experience occurred before I thought about creating art or being an artist; before knowing anything about art. In fact, those experiences lead me to pursue art career to encourage and hopefully inspire others and to energize people in the same way art influenced and fueled my passion and life. 

“Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” – Daniel 12:3

Wishing you a Joyous Holiday Season!✨  

 

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■ Stars and Desert” Series was developed after moving to Seattle, WA from New York, NY.
I often use text in my work. Text that has something to do with stars, constellation, desert, and universe in an abstract manner.
More about the artwork with code.
The paint encaustic is traditional medium, but I wanted to include something current or something that is reflecting our time.

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