Invitation Collage by Catherine

“Invitation” by Catherine Raine, 2009 In an earlier incarnation, this collage was a folded cardboard envelope that contained an Oxfam gift. My plan was to fold it together as previously, but once the glue and fuzzy paper came on the scene, the envelope wouldn’t bend easily. I guess “Invitation” was destined to be forever stretched …

Flowerman Collage by Catherine

“Flowerman” emerged from a Christmas collage session in Liberty, Missouri. Collage materials included paper (regular, tissue, and hand-made), paint pens, stickers, and watercolor crayons. “Flowerman” by Catherine Raine, 2011 “Flowerman” by Catherine Raine, 2011 “Flowerman” by Catherine Raine, 2011

Nightmare Tracks by Catherine

“Nightmare Tracks” by Catherine Raine, 2010 I wasn’t sure what I was doing with this piece. I had no plan, just a ladle and a desire to dollop on lots of wax. Later I added smaller blobs with a brush and applied fake-jewel stickers. “Nightmare Tracks” by Catherine Raine, 2010 “Nightmare Tracks” by Catherine Raine, …

Inner Map (Non-Political) by Catherine

Inner Map (Non-Political) by Catherine Raine, 2010 “Sushi Wax Cake” keeps on giving! This current piece, “Inner Map (Non-Political)” was inspired by the huge pile of shavings from the wax cake. I simply arranged the shavings on the support and melted them down again. Much was the scraping, scratching, ironing, re-shaping, and heat-gunning. I also …

Encaustic River Beast by Catherine

Let me introduce you to “River Beast.” This painting was my first attempt at encaustic art, and recently I tried to improve it. The central blue beast has many layers, including bits of textured paper covered by melted wax shavings from “Sushi Wax Cake.” River Beast by Catherine Raine, 2010 River Beast by Catherine Raine, …

Tropical Mermaid by Catherine

My encaustic class has finished, so I’ve been spending some time doctoring up the seven pieces I started there. Here’s the latest one, “Tropical Mermaid.” Tropical Mermaid by Catherine Raine, 2010 For the outline of the wax mermaid, I placed a magazine picture of a reclining model on the beeswax-coated wooden base. Then I traced …

Poured Wax Cake by Catherine

Sushi Wax Cake by Catherine Raine, 2010 Would you like to eat this cake? Tempting but not recommended! Sushi Wax Cake by Catherine Raine, 2010 Sushi Wax Cake by Catherine Raine, 2010 To make this poured wax piece, I constructed four walls for the border (using strips of wax), made some barriers in different shapes …

New Cloth Creature by Catherine

Catherine Raine, 2010 Catherine Raine, 2010 Catherine Raine, 2010 I sewed this creature (as yet unnamed) in the basement cafeteria at the Art Gallery of Ontario. My friend Ellen was with me, and she made an amazing fish-like creature. The materials I used included socks, ribbons, and scraps of fabric. Thank you for the old …

Encaustic Experiment!

Tidal River by Catherine Raine, 2010 I started working on this piece two weeks ago at my first encaustic class at OCAD. After an ill-advised application of the iron which turned my greens and oranges into a ratty-looking brown, I scraped away the brown and started again. Last night I spent a couple of hours …

Textiles Meet Collage (Two Pieces by Catherine)

Fighting Blue Demons of Disconnection (2010) I made this piece for the Octopus Project’s May Exhibit at the Distillery District. The challenge was to use the shades of only one colour. Purple Triangle Web (2010) Here’s how this wrapped collage looks on the outside. Partially unwrapped. Fully unwrapped. Collage Centerfold! Close-up!

Jenny’s Purple Meadow

 Jenny’s Purple Meadow A few months ago Jenny asked me if the news of her cancer diagnosis had made me think about my own mortality. I said, “Sure it does. You’re a part of me.” She’ll always be a part of me, a precious patch of Jenny-ness that inspires and sustains me. When I visualize …