Month: September 2016
Britt Merrylees Art Blog – Nemo

This piece started off by melting a combination of beeswax and paraffin in a heated wok. This step is critical in encaustic painting, so that the heat converts the wax from a solid state into a fluid workable state and thus, helping me to apply the wax easily. At the time, I was exploring the method of adding small coloured blocks of wax into the heated wok, to add different shades of colour to the wax. By doing this, it helped to create a base application of wax which became the background for my piece.


Last week I had planned to create an addition that would go well with my ripples series. In order to craft this ripples piece I applied the coloured wax to the timber by using a ladle and carefully dropping scoops of wax onto the timber. Using this technique requires a great deal of patience and directional approach in guiding the application of the wax. Furthermore, establishing a base layer of wax like this on timber makes it a lot easier to move on to the next step. This piece then transformed splendidly, after leaving the base layer of wax to dry overnight. The very next day I decided to set up the artwork outside to be photographed. Surprisingly, when I looked into the camera and looked back at the photos I captured, my heart was instantly warmed, as I realised what I had subconsciously created.


Let’s take a detour examining my thoughts earlier this week. Throughout the week my thoughts were fixated on my mother-in-law because I was supposed to create a piece for her. I knew she loved horses and wished for a piece of that nature. Knowing my attention to detail, my thoughts were running wild like a perfectionist procrastinator. My ideation was seeking an image for inspiration because most times when developing my creations I tend to draw ingenuity from a photo that I would have taken. This ideology was now leading me down a path and revealed that I needed to put more work into this piece.


Unbeknownst to me, as I photographed what was meant to be the background for my next design, I quickly recognised that the encaustic painting I had been thinking of creating for my mother-in-law magically materialized and conjured its way to life in this piece. As I stared at it I realised that I had produced a piece reminiscent of her late horse Nemo, passing through the heavens. In almost an instant, I felt like I was looking up at the clouds, trying to make out the shapes.


It’s pieces like this that reminds me of what art truly is all about; art should move you on a deeper level. The connection you make with art is one that evokes deep emotions, usually when we like something it’s because it reminds you of something you hold dearest. Straightaway, I knew this was the piece for my mother-in-law. I knew she would connect with this in the way that I just had. Obviously, my satisfaction is different I knew that this piece is going to bring joy to her life and be a reminder of her late horse Nemo enjoying life in heaven. However, it also strikes me on a deep profound level where I’m beginning to see my connection to art and appreciate my creative power.


A lesson to take away from this experience of mine is remembering to trust in the power of your own mind. Everything happens for a reason, if I didn’t photograph this piece I would have continued to work back into it, and create something of the opposite

September 18, 2016 in Inspiration / Art

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