Val Roy

Encaustics. Musicians. Abstracts. Nature. Music. Relationships. Figurative.

Enjoying my Journey

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Exploring..experimenting…travelling..finding my voice!  What is my muse?  What catches my eye? Inspires me?   A week at the International Encaustic Conference this past June, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, certainly opened my eyes to a myriad of new techniques and ways of expression unique to encaustics.  Perhaps it is the qualities of this medium, that allows me to create the textures I have always loved.  Or maybe it is my move to another culture and climate, with its change in architecture and coloring that has affected my color palette.  So many possibilities!  But one thing is for sure, I am having a wonderful adventure-filled journey with fire and wax!

Welcome to my new studio...

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Hola from Mexico!  Living a great life!  Some people have asked  about my studio here…so I thought I’d post a couple of photos!  Come up the winding staircase from my living room to a rooftop terraza..and you are there!  360 degree view of the sky and mountains…tin roof to shelter me and my work from the sun and rain.  Internet connection, music, hummingbirds, and lovebirds for company…oh..and the neighbourhood rooster..lol!  Encaustic..melted wax and resin..torches for fire….talk about fun!  Need a break?  Room to hula hoop, lounge in a chaise, putter with my plants, stokes the fire in my chimenea, or nip downstairs for a margarita or a glass of wine!  Time to clean up?  Just pull the plug on your wax. No need to wash your brushes!  Too cool! Oh..it’s warm actually!   It’s November and I’m still working in my bikini!  lol

 

Here I am..down in Mexico...feeling free as the air....!!

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I haven't updated my website in a LONG time, but it has been a REALLY busy year!  Last Summer I went to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to take a painting workshop.  Long story short, I fell in LOVE with the place, and set the wheels in motion to retire and move there permanently!

Flash forward 6 months..and this is my new home!  I am in the process of setting up some studio space..bought an easel,  had a lumberyard cut me some boards to paint on, trying out different carpenters to make stretcher bars, researching galleries, etc.  A VERY time consuming but rewarding process.  Looking forward to a phenomenal new art adventure!

Juror's Choice Award

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Sunday was the vernissage for the juried show Mosaic at the Shenkman Centre.

 

My piece Entwined 2 won a juror's choice award.  This was an abstract figure painting showing two people embracing.  It is very contemporary, slightly erotic and colorful.

Colorful Orchestra Inspired Painting

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Abstract Style Orchestra Painting

Original, colorful and expressive mixed media painting depicting an orchestra created with a palette of orange, reds, browns and blues. This artwork is inspired from a recent trip to New Orleans really got my creativity humming!  I have been a fan of live music for years, but have NEVER seen this much energy and passion packed into one tiny bar. The Spotted Cat  was wall-to-wall packed, standing room only.  The windows fogged up from the heat.  A young guy was swing dancing with a much older woman.  Musicians peeked in from the street.  When it was too packed to enter, they just started playing their horns in the doorway, jamming right along with the band.  Awesome!
 
To capture this energy, I used a lot of bright colors, textures, splatter and collage.  Details and facial features were minimized.  It was the feel, the mood, the passion, I wanted to convey.