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Land and Landscape

18 recent encaustic and mixed media works

 

“You’ve got to go sniff, smell the earth, see it, look at it. That’s the sort of geography that I think is still important.”

—Michael Palin

 

SCROLL DOWN FOR IMAGES AND DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL PIECES IN THIS SERIES.

Running Before the Wind

2015

 

Encaustic, summer camp canoeing curriculum circa 1979, photo transfer, graphite, charcoal, oil stick and pastel.

62×48”

Photo Credit: Lesli Michaelis Onusko

From Explicit to Implicit and Back

2015

 

Encaustic, summer camp canoeing curriculum circa 1979, photo transfer, graphite, charcoal, oil stick and pastel.

24×30”

Photo Credit: Lesli Michaelis Onusko

Gratitude Was the Thing She Felt Most That Summer

2015

 

Encaustic, photo transfer, graphite, and oil stick.

24 x 24”

Private Collection

Photo Credit: Lesli Michaelis Onusko

Silent Return

2015

 

Encaustic, photo transfer and scans, excerpts from The Canoe and You, RH Perry, 1948, summer camp canoeing curriculum circa 1979, graphite, charcoal, oil stick and pastel.

66×48”

Private Collection

Photo Credit: Lesli Michaelis Onusko

Trail’s Edge

2015

 

Encaustic on Canvas on Panel

13 5/8 x 28 3×8”

Available at the Art Gallery of Peterborough

Photo Credit: Lesli Michaelis Onusko

Winter Nocturne II

2015

 

Encaustic on Panel

10×8”

Photo Credit: Lesli Michaelis Onusko

Winter Nocturne III

2015

 

Encaustic on Panel

10×8”

Available at the Art Gallery of Peterborough

Photo Credit: Lesli Michaelis Onusko

Winter Sketch I

2015

 

Encaustic on Panel

7×7”

Private Collection

Photo Credit: Lesli Michaelis Onusko

Winter Sketch IV

2015

 

Encaustic on Panel

7×7”

Available at the Art Gallery of Peterborough

Photo Credit: Lesli Michaelis Onusko

Winter Sketch V

2015

 

Encaustic on Panel

7×7”

Photo Credit: Lesli Michaelis Onusko

Winter Sketch VI

2015

 

Encaustic on Panel

7×7”

Photo Credit: Lesli Michaelis Onusko

A Necessary Experience

2014

 

Encaustic, oil stick and pastel on canvas on panel.

Distressed metal shelf and brackets with ski pole basket.

20″ x 20″

Private Collection

No Experience Necessary

2014

 

Encaustic, excerpts from books in Dad’s library, watercolour paper, oil stick, pastel, tacks on canvas on panel.

Distressed metal shelf and brackets with leather safety strap.

20″ x 20″

Private Collection

Another Kind of Literacy

2014

 

Encaustic on canvas under-painting on repurposed kitchen cupboards–2010, charcoal and graphite drawings–circa 1990, bicycles made from Canadian pennies and copper wire–2013, balsa wood paddles–2013, US army tent canvas, galvanized tin, metal, nails, tacks, rare earth magnets, wood veneer from a crate, birch bark, lichen, Spanish moss, pine needles, twigs.

46½” x 24½”

Grace Notes (for Dad)

2014

 

Encaustic, excerpts from a book in Dad’s library

(Expert Skiing, D. Bradley, R. Miller and A. Merrill, 1960),

oil stick, pastel, tacks on birch panel.

48″x 48″

Private Collection

 

“How much joy in learning to handle the technical details of running with smoothness. And how many lifelong friendships tempered in the fires of competition. Only the good runner who has gotten beyond fighting himself on the long course can say…

 

There are no true shortcuts. As the swimmer through swimming several hundred miles of a crawl stroke, smooths out his motions, co-ordinates his breathing and timing, so the cross-country runner must put the miles behind him before he knows what technique is. Books, charts, photographs training tables can make that work intelligent, but that distance—hundreds of miles running on skis— must also be there.”

Expert Skiing, 1960

Meaning and Value

2014

 

Encaustic, Gran-dad’s security records and papers (The Telegram, 1959, The Globe and Mail, 1971, Rise and Fall Charts, Annual Reports), book-jacket from Aunt Pearl’s investment book, photographs, oil stick, pastel, window mount and trim, nails, tacks, hydrangea petals, Nepalese weaving boat-shuttle made from bone, canvas and silk from Nana and Gramps’ antique screen on repurposed kitchen cupboards, plank from the roof of Jane and Pete’s first house.

58 ½” x 47½”

Paddles Have Names

2014

 

Encaustic, excerpt from The Canoe and You, RH Perry, 1948,

oil stick, pastel, canvas on repurposed kitchen cupboard.

57½” x 18¼”

Private Collection

True Line

2014

 

Encaustic on canvas on panel.

20 x 20 

Private Collection