Author Archives: Sally Stap

Memories

 

For some reason, I find myself posting pictures that weren’t quite perfect.

This picture is one that I love because it reminds me of a great summer vacation with family. It reminds me of the beauty and tranquility of early morning.

It’s a bit washed out (technically), but the reflection of the trees and river are stunning to me.

Perfect memories captured.

Art can be ad hoc or directed

This is a picture I made as a gift.

When I just paint, with no purpose, it can be relaxing. As the painting changes direction, I just flow with it. It never looks like the “plan.”

A gift is fun to paint. Of course, there is risk because I hope the person likes it! However, it is fun to think about the person and see where the art flows. I actually made a different picture, but it didn’t feel like the person I was painting for.  I pictures this in my mind, started over, and loved it. It felt right.

The other picture is still here, and will eventually find the right home and person. Or. . . I sometimes just melt the wax and start over.

By the way, she liked it.  Smile.

Announcing. . . Decisive Women: Designing Decisions in 5 Minutes or Less

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New Book Alert – I have contributed a chapter to a new book, Decisive Women.

I wrote Chapter 22, “Coming back to joy” where I wrote about the decision each day to choose life and joy over depression and despair.  It isn’t always easy, but I broke it down. . .

The principal author of the book is Dr. Nancy Fox who brought together a group of amazing women to each write their stories of decisiveness in life.

It is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or directly from my website.

From the Air

This is a picture of the great barrier reef from the sky. The blues and greens were amazing as I took this picture. You can see a small sandbar above the waterline. Each day, parts of the reef are exposed during low tide and then slip below the surface as the tide rises.

This picture is a bit flawed due to reflection of glass, but it captures the beauty enough for me. Interesting point.  We also are not perfect, but are beautiful in the eyes of God and those in our lives that love us.  We are good enough.

Is that the same picture?

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This is “Orange”, an 8 x 10″ encaustic painting.  I’ve included two pictures of the same piece to show how different a painting can look given the lighting and angles of any picture taken.

As with all paintings, I had fun with this picture by creating texture. Not only did I apply various shades with high heat to blend, I finished with texture by pressing a “swifter” pad into the hot wax and pulling away – to create the little bumps that you can see.  I also used an eyedropper to drop spots of orange as a finishing touch.

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Hey – Look Down!

P1050664gwThis is a picture of mosaic tiles on the floor of the The Dom (Cologne Cathedral.)  The cathedral is an amazing feat in architecture.  Just studying the floor is a fascinating endeavor – and then you look up. . .

Construction on this cathedral started in 1248!  And has continued to continual renovation today.  I don’t know exactly how old this tile is, but wow.  How many feet have walked on it? Whose feet walked on it?

Blue Inspiration in the bigger picture

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I’m frequently asked about my encaustic painting. Why? What inspires you? Why do they all look so different from one another.

Why?  Because I find it fascinating that a nature byproduct of honey-making can contribute to such long lasting beauty. Beeswax, mixed with pigments allows me much flexibility in what I paint.

In this picture, I used varying amounts of heat with several shades of blue to create a blended, melted picture.  However, a painting is not complete until it has been framed – or sometimes not. For this picture, I chose a shadow box that allows the painting to rest in a bed of flattering black.

By the way, I’m still working on learning to photograph encaustic art to show it’s richness and depth.

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Roman Wall In Cologne

P1050796 gWhenever I take a picture, I always try to shoot from an angle that pulls in the bigger picture. I took this picture on a beautiful, partly cloudy day that I will remember because of the glimpses of blue in the sky. When visiting recently, I saw many sections of walls and buildings that stand still from centuries ago while the city crops up around it in today’s busy world.  Old and new.