Venice by Wax

Venice, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Ok, so it’s not the greatest of photographic reproductions, but this little shot will allow me to share with you what I was up to in the studio yesterday. I made this and one other wax painting which you can view at my Flickr stream (or just wait until, probably tomorrow, when I post that one too.)

This one started out life as a pastel, of sorts, and then went into a wax painting. My other work from yesterday is a photo printed on mulberry paper and then stuck onto a wax painting. Encaustics are fun, I really love them, love the way they look and all, but they can be quite hard and difficult to deal with. If you know how to drive, I believe the words “controlled skid” come to mind. Any small notion you have that you might actually be in control of something? Yeah, you need to kind of throw that right out of the window.

So how was your weekend?

In other, more “helmet related” news, I finally got a chance to catch up to the American version of Tog Gear, which aired on the History Channel this weekend. I have to say, I had very low expectations, I was half expecting a train wreck, I guess, and I was pleasantly surprised. The show is not half bad, even without the “three graces.” Only three have gone missing? Yes, it’s true, because, although there are four official “hosts” of Top Gear, Lord Stiggy has found his way across the pond, as it were, and is also working with the American hosts. It’s great to see him so close, in California and all. Oh happy day! The Stig keeps getting closer. My evil plot to marry him and then take over the world is actually slowly happening. At least the wheels have all started to turn very slowly about this indeed. (Of course, probably much too slowly for anything resembling a proper Stig and all, but I do drive more like James May anyway so it all fits.)

In case my Stig ramblings have grown too much for you, I’d have to summarize by saying I liked Top Gear America. The hosts weren’t bad, the show wasn’t bad, the chase scene was actually very interesting, it was film a little bit less like the British one but it wasn’t half bad. Really, nothing was wrong with it and I suspect it will grow on me as time goes by and I get used to the hosts more. Of course, I still won’t stop watching the British version but now this gives me something to watch, something besides Burn Notice, which is also airing new episodes.

It beats staring at Venice by Wax for hours on end, doesn’t it?

Until next time…



  1. Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers
    November 23, 2010 / 4:07 pm

    Your painting is beautiful, Carol. Your ramblings about Top Gear are, however, a little crazed!

  2. Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers
    November 23, 2010 / 4:07 pm

    PS My driving is more akin to James May's too!

  3. Carol
    November 24, 2010 / 1:14 pm

    Thanks, Postcards!

    Yes, a little crazed indeed. The evil plan I've hatched is to:

    1. Marry The Stig. (First I have to catch him.)
    2. Do something else (not sure about this part yet)
    3. Take over the world! (Insert evil laugh here.)

    So you see, I've got my work cut out for me.

    Sometimes I feel like I drive about as fast as James May snoring but then other times I feel like I'm passing everything on the road. Jay Leno said it best, "driving is like sex-something all men think they are good at but only a few actually are."

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers
    November 26, 2010 / 8:35 am

    Hmmmm… An interesting plan!

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