Let’s Have Brunch showed up in my mailbox while I was in San Diego for the five-day Sasseen-fest.
@my ruppel is an artist and person extraordinaire. An admirer of her work, I was touched when she graced me and Sofia with a piece called My Message. Based in Portland, Oregon, she brought it to SB for me earlier this spring when visiting in-laws. She just wanted to send Sofia good wishes while she was in the NICU.
Her artistic process fascinates me:
The bird paintings are more like assemblages: hand-cut birds and striped ovals of paper lie between layers of a beeswax and resin mixture (encaustic method). I then sometimes draw back into the topmost layer of clear beeswax with a sharp tool, filling the lines with oil paints and oil pastels. A propane torch is used to fuse it all together, and make the surface smooth. The striped ovals are derived from my photographs: the images are manipulated in Photoshop into colorful fields of stripes (my secret!), then inkjet printed onto acid-free paper. The birds are drawn in Illustrator, printed and cut in the same manner. I watch a lot of Science Channel and Fine Living Network programming while cutting out the birds!
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