Animals remind us that we are not alone —
model for us and bear their colors well;
an on-going series
Physical forms of letters, from both the Roman and Persian alphabets,
are the unifying design templates for these color missives
“I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings
And the coming down is the hardest thing….” (--Tom Petty)
Laurie Douglas is an artist who lives with her husband and daughter and works in Guilford, Connecticut and Chappaquiddick, Massachusetts. Raised in northern Virginia, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Fine Arts from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and studied art and literature during a Junior Year in Paris.
After years of teaching junior high and high school in New England and The Bahamas, she continued her education at The Massachusetts College of Art, where she studied with John McNamara, Jeremy Foss, and Dan Kelleher and was awarded the Class of 1914 Award for Excellence in Painting and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Laurie’s paintings have been exhibited in juried shows and galleries throughout the Northeast (including the Montserrat School of Visual Arts, The Concord, Massachusetts Art Association, The Bromfield Gallery in Boston, Artspace in New Haven, The Trout Gallery in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, The Mill Gallery in Guilford, Connecticut, The Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich, Connecticut, The Bruce S. Kershner Gallery of The Fairfield, Connecticut Public Library, The Keyes Gallery of The Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library in Stony Creek, Connecticut, New Haven’s John Slade Ely House, and The Greene Art Gallery in Guilford, Connecticut).
Laurie is a member of the Shoreline Arts Trail and of the Connecticut Women Artists Association. She attended the 10th Annual International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown,
Massachusetts in June 2016.
On Martha’s Vineyard, her paintings have been shown at the Gay Head Gallery, The Field Gallery, The Dragonfly Gallery, and The Hammond Harkins Gallery. She has been the recipient of numerous prizes for her art work, among them the All-Island Art Show Ruth Bogan Award and the Guilford Savings Bank Award at the Guilford Art League 2010 Annual Juried Exhibition. Her paintings hang in many private collections throughout the United States.
What is Encaustic?
“Encaustic” is a word that comes from the ancient Greek “enkaustikos,” which
means “to heat” or “to burn.” Encaustic painting employs a medium of beeswax
melted with resin to make the wax hard. Pigment is added to the molten wax to
turn it into paint. After applying this hot, liquid paint to a hard surface, it is “burned
into” the wood panel. I generally use a heat gun for fusing, although other possible heat sources include an iron, a hair dryer, and a blowtorch. Heat binds each layer
to the previous one.
Encaustic painting is permanent. The Fayum, Greco-Roman portraits, which
adorned mummies, still retain their freshness (see “Portrait of a Boy,” Eutyches,
circa A.D. 50-100, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art). Wax is a sterile, encapsulating medium, a sweet-smelling material that allows not only for layering
of colors, but also for light to be reflected from within. Painting in encaustic is a
labor-intensive process, but one with endless creative potential.