My life is so darned interesting lately – I’m going forward and backward at the same time.
Some might call that “getting nowhere”, but I beg to differ. You should try it – it’s entertaining.
In the process of distilling my art life, I am purging and sorting, and exploring backwards to find what I want to bring forward.
It is interesting how much I once found interesting, that does not interest me now.
And how much does. And that is what I will share with you in one way or another. The stuff that does.
So, with this holiday coming up during which so many will share table space, I am bringing this idea back around. It’s a bit gothic, but extremely beautiful, and quite the conversation piece.
You start with a candelabra of some kind, and some taper candles that are NOT dripless.
Then you burn them in a gentle breeze for awhile.
Gentle breezes may be hard to come by at this time of year, so a fan will do. You don’t want to blow out the flames, so take it easy on the fan speed.
After a couple of hours, you will have some fine wax sculpture.
OBVIOUSLY, do not leave this work of art unattended.
I first made these for our garden themed gallery in Santa Fe in the 90’s, and I have to admit it was an accidental discovery. We had two open doors in that gallery, which created a lovely breeze most days. I was burning candles and this is what happened.
One of those unexpected gifts of Nature, so I will pay it forward.
Interestingly, that was the same gallery breeze that invented Sheer Heaven – because it blew the handmade paper luminaria shades around, and I thought they needed more substance. You never know where your thoughts will take you – forward or backward!