Category Archives: Maikes Marvels Creations

studio time and another upcoming show

I’m back in the studio again, yippie. Since taking a variety of workshops over the spring, I have not spent time making encaustic pieces. It doesn’t mean I haven’t created anything. I learned encaustic techniques from Bridgette Guerzon Mills, Crystal Neubauer and Shawna Moore; bound books at the Chicago Print Collaborative, had two sessions of […]

Professional vs. my own art photos, what a difference!

Several weeks ago I took my art work to a professional photoshoot with Tom van Eynde. I have learned that art photography is a new skillset from just taking photographs in nature or of people. There is often ‘headstone’ effect when I try to take 2-D art work pictures. The key is to really center […]

Shawna Moore and Friends exhibit

Last Friday I attended Zhou B Art Center’s third Friday festivities. The building opens from 7 to 10 pm every third Friday to host exhibit openings and allow the public to peruse artist studios. art work by Tom Meyer and Isabelle Gougenheim First, I stopped by Jenny Learner’s studio to explore the art work my fellow […]

Experimental Encaustic workshop with Shawna Moore

“We are all trying to get to our own place (in art).” ~ Shawna Moore Tonight the Shawna Moore and Friends exhibit opens at Studio 303. Several FUSEDChicago members will have work up, including yours truly. You can peruse our works from 7 to 10 p.m. on the third floor of the Zhou B Art Center at […]

Art + Wine pop-up gallery

Following Artruck, I was looking forward to my own pop-up gallery experience. I passed the morning observing dragonflies by the lake, and then made my way downtown to pick up Jason and his work, after which we began setting up at Paola’s Vinum. I claimed a table while the group divvied up the display walls […]

Artrageous Opening — vote for Swift Swallowtails!

Artrageous Lincoln Park 2012

On Friday, Artrageous opened to the public. You can now vote online for your favorite pieces, which are all listed here. The Swift Swallowtails are number 42, which made me think of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. In this case, I fully agree that the answer, and vote, is 42! I attended the opening […]

Candy Gala Anticipation

This promises to be another fabulous week. 2011 was wonderful, but this year I’ve had numerous “pinch me, I must be dreaming” moments. Artrageous has opened, I attended a very inspiring studio visit, and the Red Admirals obliged me a little bit in posing for me on Sunday. I’m not sure my adrenaline-meter can keep […]

North Shore Square Foot Show

Yesterday evening marked the opening of the Arts of Life North Shore’s first Square Foot* show. 70 artists submitted 100 works, including the resident artists and mail-ins from seven states. I submitted to this call for art without having seen the studio (technically a no-no, but hey, I’m a newbie at this). I poked around on the […]

Art submissions

In the spirit of stretching and challenging myself, I’ve submitted some pieces for calls for art. I’m awaiting news on HVNSTN and the Kedzie Admirals for a Civic Center submission. HVNSTN was fun to do. I was inspired by Katsy Johnston’s work to actually paint onto a photograph with encaustic. First I wrote some words […]

Sassy Aphrodite

“With her, beauty comes. The winds flee before her and the storm clouds; sweet flowers embroider the earth; the waves of the sea laugh; she moves in radiant light. Without her there is no joy or loveliness anywhere.” ~Edith Hamilton, Mythology There she is, in LOVEly company at Dick Blick Art Materials. You can view […]