Friday, July 31, 2015

'Moving Over', part of the Interstice Series by Colorado Contemporary Encaustic Artist, Susan M. Gibbons




'Moving Over'

Encaustic on Cradled Board

12" x 48" x 1.5"

$1000

Another painting in the Interstice Series, this work plays with the morphing of edges.  Moving from black to white, the hard and diffused edges allow the viewer to 'move over' the piece from right to left or left to right.  Utilizing the definition of interstice - the space in between - the painting allows for different perceptions; are the spaces in between black or white?  Warm and cool hues are presented within the acromatic bands once again accentuating the contrast.  

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Progression Series: I, II, III by Colorado Contemporary Encaustic Artist, Susan M. Gibbons





'Progression I, II, III'

Encaustic on 140 lb Paper mounted on Cradled Board

8" x 8" x 1.5"

$400 each
  
Continuing in the Interstice  (the space in between) Series, these pieces play with the textures and end edges within the bands of black and white.  The paper can be seen through the scratches in each work and iridescent highlights accentuate the mark making.  

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Monday, July 27, 2015

'Transition', part of the Interstice Series by Colorado Contemporary Artist, Susan M. Gibbons




'Transition'

Encaustic on Suede Matboard mounted on Cradled Board

18.5" x 49" x 1.5"

$1700

This painting is part of a larger series of works based on the concept of Interstice (the space in between).  The edges of the areas 'in between' are the focal points of the piece with them morphing and changing from black to white and white to black.  Overlays of iridescent highlight the contrasting bands giving a shimmering effect.  The suede itself plays a part in the play of the piece as it expands the paint into semi-circles.  

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Friday, July 24, 2015

This Afternoon

A robin sings
A squirrel chirps
And the anxiousness
Of my mind


Relaxes 

'Zoetic Expressions II', an Abstract Encaustic Painting from Colorado Contemporary Artist, Susan M. Gibbons




'Zoetic Expressions II'

Encaustic on Cradled Board

12" x 16" x 3/4"

$450

This work is the second in the series based on the word, Zoetic (of or related to life; living; vital).  The energetic mark making and dynamic colors within the piece represent the stirring of the germination of life.  Bronze, gold, and black accents are throughout the piece, providing a contrast with the predominent red color. 

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Rise

Billowing into the heights
The cumulus billows
Turn golden in the light

Blue-grey cirrus moves
Past below the brilliancy
Contrasting with cerulean softness

Cobalt skies magnify
The hues as they
Majestically and vividly


Rise

'Zoetic Expressions III', an Abstract Encaustic Piece by Colorado Contemporary Artist, Susan M. Gibbons



'Zoetic Expressions III'

Encaustic on Cradled Board

20" x 16" x 2"

$650

This piece is part of my Zoetic Series.  Zoetic means, "of or relating to life; living; vital".  Using this definition, the energy within the piece is reminscent of the stirring of germination.  The red and brown areas are complemented with bronze and deep blue. Touches of green and orange help accent the piece.  

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

Staring out a window sill
Contemplating the calm

Yellow-green leaves pop against
The darkened trees

Slivers of blue peer through
The blanketing greyness

I put the water on

For afternoon tea

The Adam Series Studies: XIII, XIV, XV by Colorado Contemporary Artist, Susan M. Gibbons





Adam Series Studies: XIII, XIV, XV

Encaustic and Dirt on Cradled Board

8" x 8" x 1.5"

$300 each

The final three in the Adam Series features the white (pink/peach) color.  The series is based on the Book of Genesis when God created Adam from the dirt.  The colors in the series: red, black, yellow, brown, white (pink/peach) represent the basic colors of the human skin.  The encaustic (bees wax, damar resin, and pigment) incorporates dirt which depicts the union of God, humans, and the earth.    

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

During the Thunderstorm

thunder shaking
its deafening cry

rattles the terrain
in its wake

wind whipping
through the clouds

rustle leaves
in whirling tempo

lightning flashes
in cadence

to the rhythm
of the downpour

greying skies
in fullness bestow

its offering

to the earth

The Adam Series Studies: X, XI, XII by Colorado Contemporary Artist, Susan M. Gibbons






Adam Series Studies: X, XI, XII

Encaustic and Dirt on Cradled Board

8" x 8"x 1.5"

$300 each

The fourth color in the Adam Series, this work features the brown tones of the human skin.  Based on the Book of Genesis when God creates Adam, this series depicts the beginning point of the stirring of creation.  The hues in the series in total are five: red, black, yellow, brown, and white (pink/peach).  The union of God, humans, and the earth is presented within these paintings.  

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Monday, July 20, 2015

7-18-15
For a Moment

Tears after pain
Anxiety caught up in
Bones, tendons, ligaments
Illuminating fear

Brain patterns wrestling with
Muscles tightening up
In spinal synapses

Pressure bearing down
On tender points of
Memory – releasing
A disquieting immobility

Be still and know…
                                          

If only for a moment

The Adam Series Studies: VII, VIII, IX by Colorado Contemporary Artist, Susan M. Gibbons






Adam Series Studies: VII, VIII, IX

Encaustic and Sand on Cradled Board

8: x 8" x 1.5"

$300 each

The third color within the Adam Series Studies, this work depicts the stirring of creation based on the Book of Genesis when God created Adam.  The series incorporates the basic colors of the human skin: red, black, yellow, brown, and white (pink/peach) to reflect the myriad hues of the peoples of the world.  Dirt and sand are also used within each piece to symbolize the union between God, humans, and the earth.  

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Adam Series Studies: IV,V, VI by Colorado Contemporary Artist, Susan M. Gibbons






Adam Series Studies: IV, V, VI

Encaustic and Dirt on Cradled Board

8" x 8" x  1.5"

$300 each
  
These studies in the Adam Series features pigments that represent the dark black/brown skin tones. Inspired by the Book of Genesis with the creation of Adam, these pieces incorporate dirt to reflect the union of God, humans, and the earth.  The different colors of skin are represented in the series: red, black, yellow, brown, and white (pink/peach).  The movement in the piece depicts the stirring of creation.  

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Friday, July 17, 2015

The Adam Series Studies: I, II, III by Colorado Contemporary Artist, Susan M. Gibbons





Adam Series Studies: I, II, III

Encaustic and Dirt on Cradled Board

8" x 8" x 1.5"

$300 each

These works were the studies for the Adam Series inspired by the creation story in the Book of Genesis.  Each study reflect the colors of the human skin: red, black, yellow, brown, and white (pink/peach).  These works used the red hues along with red dirt.  T 
e use of dirt with the encaustic (beeswax, damar resin crystals, and pigment) and the movement within the pieces reflects the union of God, humans, and the earth.  

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Adam Series, part of a series of work by Colorado Contemporary Artist, Susan M. Gibbons



Adam Series: Brown, White (pink/peach), Red, Yellow, Black

Encaustic and Dirt on Cradled Board

6" x 36"x 1.5"

$2250 (all 5) or $450 each

This group of encaustic paintings are part of the Adam Series based on the Book of Genesis when God creates Adam from the dirt.  Each color represents the myriad colors of the human skin.  Dirt is incorporated within each piece signifying the union of God, man/woman, and the earth.  The movement wthin each piece exemplifies the creative act.  

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Monday, July 13, 2015

'Close To Nothing', an Interpretive Art Work by Colorado Contemporary Artist, Susan M. Gibbons




'Close To Nothing'

Encaustic on Cradled Board

48" x 48" x 1.5"

$5000

This work is the final piece in the collaboration with Denver poet, Wayne A. Gilbert.  The poem's title, cadences and interstices - in black and white,  was based on my Interstice series.  This collaboration allowed me to revisit my former work and reinterpret it in a new way.  The piece features a deep, dark blue with pearlesque and iridescent colors within the white area.  A small stroke of yellow helps to separate the two contrasting values.  

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

'In The Depths', an Abstract Encaustic Piece by Colorado Contemporary Artist, Susan M. Gibbons



'In The Depths'

Encaustic on Cradled Board

48" x 48" x 1.5" 

$5000

This piece is based on a poem written during a collaborative effort with Denver poet, Wayne A. Gilbert titled, Tears From Later In Life.  This work features several layers of subtle colors within the encaustic (bees wax, damar resin crystals, and pigment).  The texure of the surface is accentuated with blue, green, and specs of red.  

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

'Uncried Sorrows', an Abstract Encaustic Piece by Colorado Contemporary Artist, Susan M. Gibbons




'Uncried Sorrows'

Encaustic on Cradled Board

48" x 48" x 1.5"

$5000

Working collaboratively, this large encaustic (beex wax, damar resin, and pigment) painting was based on the poem titled, 'after psm. 51 - in the am' by Denver poet, Wayne A. Gilbert.  Yellow peaks out from the grey textured surface while the various hues of red separates the picture plane.  The lower white area has hints of iridescent and gold.   

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

'The Arrival of Li Po', an Encaustic Abstract Piece by Colorado Contemporary Artist, Susan M. Gibbons




'The Arrival of Li Po' 

Encaustic on Cradled Board 

30" x 30" x 1.5" 

$2700 

This piece is based on a poem written by Denver, CO artist, Wayne A. Gilbert titled, Waiting for Li Po.  The colors are representative of the Tang Dynasty, the period when Chinese poet, Li Po actually lived.  Using the richness of different colors of gold, green, and red, the encaustic (bees wax with damar resin crystals and pigment) compliments each other and brings out the subtleties within them.  

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Monday, July 6, 2015

'Interstice - Monochrome VII', a Contemporary Abstract Piece by Colorado Encaustic Artist, Susan M. Gibbons



Interstice - Monochrome VII

Encaustic on Cradled Board

36" x 36" x 1.5"

$2800

The last in the Interstice - Monochrome Series, this piece plays with the concept of Interstice (the space in between).  The bands of black and white accentuate the contrast between them with subtleties within the black and white.  The edges play a crucial role as the values morph into each other.  Using the medium of encaustic (bees wax with damar crystals and pigment), the medium allows for the organic feel of the planes of value as they meet each other.  

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

'Interstice - Monochrome VI', another piece in the Series, Interstice - Monochrome by Susan M. Gibbons




"Interstice - Monochrome VI"

Encaustic and Graphite on Cradled Board

36" x 36" x 1.5"

$2800


Another piece within the Series, Interstice - Monochrome, this work plays with more of a planar concept of Interstice (the space in between).  Painting with encaustic (bees wax, damar crystals, and pigment), and incorporating graphite, the textural sheen in the work and the play of the edge morphs into each other.  The contrast of values enhances each other and the diagonal adds movement to the piece.  The subtleties within the white and black areas creates an added visual interest which contrasts the boldness of values within this work.  


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Saturday, July 4, 2015

'Interstice - Monochrome V', another Piece in the Series of Abstract Encaustic Work by Colorado Contemporary Artist, Susan M. Gibbons




Interstice - Monochrome V

Encaustic on Cradled Board

36" x 36" x 1.5"

$2800

Yet another piece in the series of Interstice - Monochrome works.  One of the definitions of Interstice means, 'the space in between' which is the inspiration for this work.  The piece has a minimal approach to the idea with just one band of black within the color field of white.  The subtleties within the white area play against the deepness of the black area.  Also, the play of edges is an important feature within this work as the opposite values brings out the contrast between the two areas. 

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Friday, July 3, 2015

'Interstice - Monochrome IV', an Abstract Encaustic Work by Colorado Contemporary Artist, Susan M. Gibbons



Interstice - Monochrome IV

Encaustic on Cradled Board

36" x 36" x 1.5"

$2800

The fourth in the series of Interstice - Monochrome pieces, this work plays with the idea of space and contrast.  The concept of  Interstice - the space in between - allows for the experimentation of line and space all the while playing with opposites: black and white.  The morphing of the edges between the planes of paint exemplifies the movement and changes of value within the piece.  

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

'Interstice - Monochrome III' by Colorado Contemporary Abstract Encaustic Artist, Susan M. Gibbons



Interstice - Monochrome III

Encaustic and Graphite on Cradled Board

36" x 36"

$2800

Another piece in the series of Interstice - Monochrome works, this piece incorporates the idea of Interstice - the space in between.  Inspired by the concept of contrasts, the black and white reinforce and define each other.  The play of edges shows the morphing into and out of the lines.  The graphite adds a sheen to the wax that adds texture to the piece.  

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

'Interstice - Monochrome II', an Encaustic Work by Colorado Contemporary Abstract Artist, Susan M. Gibbons



Interstice - Monochrome II

Encaustic on Cradled Board

36" x 36"

$2800

This piece is the second in the Interstice - Monochrome Series.  Based on the idea of Interstice - the space in between, the work exemplifies the play of space, textures, contrasts, and movement.  Working with the medium of encaustic (pigmented bees wax plus damar resin), the translucency of the paint allows for the subtleties of layers and color.  Using the concept of opposites, they define each other and make each other known, thus enhancing the contrast within the painting.  


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