Hi, I'm Julia Fosson from Julia Fosson and Encaustic Art in the River Arts District, Hatchery Studios in Asheville, North Carolina. Today, I'm going to talk about the mountain series. This is a series that began when I first moved to Asheville, and it started because I didn't paint for a year.
My Source of Inspiration
Everybody kept asking me, "So, are you inspired by the mountains?" and I would politely say, "No," because I didn't think I was. I didn't want them to think that I was a landscape painter, so when I started painting, this was the first series that came out. They just appeared, and they're so beautiful.
What I do is, this is a different technique. I take a heat gun versus the blow torch. Every layer that I put on, I fuse it, but this way, for these series, I want the wax to blow. I want it to move, so I'm creating a landscape by air, by making the air move the wax, and I can push it to however I want it to go. I keep adding colors as I go along, and it got to all these stretches out to the end, or I can push it up, or I can push it down. I get these beautiful little landscapes that are almost surreal.
Then, what I do is I go to the Blue Ridge Parkway, not physically, but mentally, and I get all the Trail Head names, and I look at the photographs from the Trail Heads and I picture which ones should have those particular names. For instance, this one's called Green Stone Trail. This one is Green Nob Tower, and this one is Cross Rock.
I just think that they're so sweet and so gentile, but you want to be in these. You want to get closer and be a part of them, and I think that it just helps when you're here to actually see them up close and personal.
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