Hi, I'm Julia Fosson from Julia Fosson Encaustic Art in the River Arts District in the Hatchery Studios in Asheville, North Carolina. I'm going to talk to you today about this particular painting, it's called: Creating a Story That Will Never End. I think in our lives we're always creating stories, and we hope that some of them never end because it could be good for us. This particular piece is interesting because of this particular technique at the top. It was a mistake, which is great because I love happy mistakes. I just ran with it, and since then I've done quite a few paintings with this particular style at the top. It all has to do with this particular purple I use, and this purple pushes all the colors away. I can over it, and over it, and over it, but the purple will always come back. It creates these little, tiny explosions within the painting which is really, for me, very beautiful.
My Process for Creating Chairs on My Wax Paintings
In this little piece down here: I do chairs, chairs are very important to me, they're like people. This particular chair is transferred with graphite and charcoal, and then I've taken the newspaper and I've rubbed it into the wax so it creates a transfer. In here you'll see all types of words within the chair, it's almost like a reading chair. Then I have a little dog from a cartoon that was rubbed into that. Little side bar story: I had a painting over on the and I had a gentleman come up to me and he said, "I want to buy the one that has the little cat in the window." I'm like, "I don't have a cat in the painting," he's like, "Oh yeah, you do." I'm like, "Um, no, I really don't," and he's like "Yeah, you do." I go over there and sure enough I had done a comic and I didn't realize the little kitten was in that painting, and he's like, "Yeah, you do." He bought the painting, which was very nice.
The Importance of White Space
This particular piece has very similar to a lot of my chair paintings, because I like white space. I like you to fill what white space is, I don't want to fill a whole piece often with a color because sometimes we need that quiet. I think for this particular one, because you're trying to create that story that will never end, you want that solid, quiet, contemplative kind of feeling. If you want to see more, please go to my website: juliafosson.com. I'm also on social media. Take a look and call me.