Seeds of the Usurper

For now I’m calling this painting done, I’m heading off to Greenville, South Carolina to spend a week with Patti Brady, the Director of the Working Artist Program for Golden Artist Colors, Inc. and will be joining other working artists and educators for a week of painting and study on all things Golden.

Seeds of the Usurper, Acrylic Encaustic, 36 x 36 inches.

Seeds of the Usurper, Acrylic Encaustic, 36 x 36 inches.

An additional thought from the garden, often with the advent of summer comes decreased studio time. The patio garden requires more maintenance, cleaning, re-potting, watering and feeding…and then there’s the growth of unwanted elements.

Weeds are wild plants that are not desired. As much as they have been destroyed, contaminated and burned away, these plants grow where they want triggered by their own will and they grow so rapidly and successfully, that the struggle against it stays in vain. As is usually the case, weeds are wrongfully designated as bad plants, harmful or even completely as not useful, though it is to concern that some of them actually are medical, some of them eatable but nevertheless all of them are beautiful. In celebration of their own triumph — the weed will always flourish.

This painting is a celebration of the glorious weed.

Detail 1, The seeds of the Usurper.

Detail 1, The seeds of the Usurper.

This detail shows the final layers of the acrylic encaustic in the background areas and the one below shows a close-up of the crackle technique employed on the pods.

Detail 2, Seeds of the Usurper.

Detail 2, Seeds of the Usurper.

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One thought on “Seeds of the Usurper

  1. Mary Sol Campos

    Every creature in this world has a purpose, even if we don’t like some of them (I don’t like flies, but I’m sure they have a purpose in earth!), the secret is to be more tolerant with each one, specially human beings!!! Have a nice summer vacations! Mary Sol Campos

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