Daffodil Days- Help raise funds

This isn’t an art posting today but rather a posting from the heart! …

When I was a kid, I volunteered for Daffodil Days to sell flowers and raise hope, awareness, & funds in honor of my grandmother’s passing from cancer.  The first year I participated, my grandmother was still alive and it was a wonderful feeling to hand her a bouquet of daffodils and tell her that what I had done for her.  

I hope that you will join me in making any contribution that you can to bring light, hope, & love into a cancer patient’s life.   I recommend the “Gifts of Hope” package which starts at $25 and provides flowers anonymously to cancer patients.  You will not receive anything physical from this donation but you will enrich the lives of a patient.

Thank you for reading and hope you’re able to contribute in some way!  Click here to go to my American Cancer Association fundraiser page.

Things are looking up up up

Yesterday I received a phone call from the Board President of my gallery association– they are inviting me to run for a Board position!  This is so exciting– hooray!  I also asked to be put on the slate for Secretary cause I just love typing so much!  I take the minutes of our meetings at work and rather enjoy it so I thought I could lend that skill to the team.  

Anyway– They vote in April at the annual meeting so I’ll find out for sure then.  Cool!
And so I don’t leave you pictureless– for all of your letter writing needs 🙂
Set of 4 original gouache notecards
Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!!

GIVEAWAY~ Enter to win a free "Hot Mess" tutorial


Enter for your chance to win a free tutorial: Hot Mess Painting with Wax, an introduction to encaustic painting -PDF Tutorial”

To learn more about the tutorial, click here.


How to enter for your chance to win!…

+ post here with your favorite item from my Etsy Shop: JamieRibisi.etsy.com

If you would like an additional chance to win…

+ blog about the giveaway, come back, and post a second entry with a link to the post

Entries will be accepted until Thursday February 5th, 2009 at 5:00pm
I will use a randomizer to pick my winner an announce them on my blog!  Please be sure that you leave a way to contact you!  (I will only use the info to contact the winner)


***Update: Giveaway has ended- comments are now closed.***

Looking Closer: Talking Pictures #1

Talking Pictures #1
Oil on Canvas
6 x 6″
June 2008

Looking closer- a brief exploration of art:

When I paint, I love to keep small canvases or boards handy so that I can work out ideas on them.  This painting actually came about while I was working on a larger oil painting.  I didn’t want to throw away the old crusty and almost dried paint on my palette.  There’s just something inside me that makes it seem so wasteful and such a dent on my wallet to get rid of that paint.  So I decided to use that extra paint on a few small canvases and not have a subject in mind.  Just let the paint tell me what to do.

I loved the freedom that this allowed me and I used my palette knife, razor, fingers (gloved), and brushes to go wild.  I love the texture that evolved and the richness of the layered colors.  I’ve found that this has really helped me when I work in encaustic and that I’m applying the paint in a similar manner as with this oil painting.  

Influences- Civil War photographs

My encaustic series, Ghosts of the Past, came about from my love of Civil War photographs. These images are so haunting and alive with emotion– I’m entirely drawn to them and to the people in them.  Having a brother-in-law in the military, I have begun to wonder about the lives of these Civil War soldiers. What were their lives like before they went to war?  Who did they leave behind? Did they return to their families or did they die on the battlefield? Who were they and what were they thinking when these photographs were taken?
Looking into their eyes and judging their posture, I begin to imagine all the answers to these questions. Some are tired and worn out from a long struggle. Some are proud to be there and are filled with energy. Some men seem angry, others are pensive. These men are thinking of their wives, their children, and the lives that they may never return to. They are thinking of their brothers and friends that they are fighting alongside as well as against.  As I paint, I think about their mortality. I ponder these questions and try to express their emotions as I perceive them to be.
I’ll never truly know the answers to these questions but I do know that, through the years and through the countless wars throughout the world, soldiers are always going through the same emotions that these men were facing. They are always living and fighting through unimaginable circumstances. Always guarded, perhaps we’ll never know what they are truly feeling inside. Hopefully, a photographer is able to document their struggle as well and with as much humanity as the photographers of the Civil War so that we will never forget their anguish. So that we may begin to know these ghosts of the past.
Photo Credit: Gen. George Thomas and a group of officers at a council of war near Ringgold, Ga., May 5, 1864. 77-HMS-344-2P.  National Archives, Civil War images.

Making Oil Paint by hand!

March 10th 7-9pm- Oil Paint Making demo at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, taught by your very own Jamie Ribisi (That’s me!)!

Ever wonder what goes into making a tube of oil paint? Come and participate in a hands-on demonstration where you will learn how to make your own oil paint from scratch! Discuss the different properties of various oils and what would work best for you as an artist. Making your own paint can save hundreds of dollars a year on supplies and is a technique that is easier than you think! 

Come watch, learn, ask questions, and leave with all the knowledge you need to start making your own paint!

This event is free and part of the Art Talk series held at the Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St, Hallowell. Sponsored by the Savings Bank of Maine.

Today I made a tube of oil paint in preparation for this demo that I’m going to be giving!  I’ve been making some of my own oil paint for some time now, it’s such a great treat to use paint that you’ve made by hand!  I’m going to be making a PDF tutorial on this, as well, which will include lots of resources of where to buy the supplies and how to save money.  I’ll post it here once it’s ready– of course!….

New Painting- Ghosts of the Past #5

Ghosts of the Past #5
Encaustic, Photographs, & Graphite on Cradled Birch
12″ x 12″ (30.48 cm x 30.48 cm)
January 2009

Not currently for sale, please inquire if interested.  (Photo credit: Gen. George Thomas and a group of officers at a council of war near Ringgold, Ga., May 5, 1864. 77-HMS-344-2P.)
(click inage to zoom, click title for details)

Finished this painting tonight!  I think this battle is over.  
So, as you can see in my previous post, I had glued down two images.  One was of these officers and the other was an image of clouds.  I wanted to cast a heavy storm above their heads and give these men an outward glow.  The General is given an iconic treatment.  

I don’t normally like to talk too much about the symbolism and ideas behind my paintings, I like to just put them out there and see what people get from them.  I’m happy to discuss when prompted, though!


The battle

This painting has decided to declair war against me!  I can see the General plotting it out now.  He thinks he’s so smart and he had me in a corner for a long time.  But I finally pushed forward and I think I may have bested him.  Only time will tell.  I hope to meet him on the battlefield tomorrow.  There’s much to do but I will stare him and his cronies square in the eye and charge towards him, Braveheart style!