Under side of paper wasp nest
Cells paper wasps nest
Tiny Pyrography picture Patricia Chauncey 2011
Inspiration globes and rattle
Favourite plate from Fangfoss, U.K.
Encaustic painting detail in process - Patricia Chauncey 2011
Encaustic painting detail - in process Patricia Chauncey 2011
Lantern Patricia Chauncey 2011
Volcanic Rock from Oregon Coast
Bark with Woodpecker holes
Sample felt work - Patricia Chauncey 2011
Sections of felt work - Patricia Chauncey 2011
Kathryn came for supper last night and gifted me parts of two paper wasp nests.
There is a little of the hive covering left and four layers of cells. She found them when out for an urban hike.
I am awed. I get gifts of unusual natural objects from friends and customers. Obscure bits of nature that never fail to inspire. Cocoons, insect nests, bones, skins and beautiful stones. Each crawls into the work and come out somewhere unexpected to me.
Mark gave me a collection of thirty peacock feathers from the Wells Hotel. Gleaming with fifty colours and reflective surface. Variable depending on the light. Soft and sensual to touch. Reacting to movement of air and temperature. The remnant of a beautiful calling bird.
They exist in jars, bowls and baskets all over my house and throughout the studio. Collections. Visual and physical reminders of this complex and layered world. Studies on surface, light reflection, form, colour and texture. Absorbed through nostril, skin, ears and eyes. Completely important to my process.
Hunter and gatherer. Collector. Visual explorer. Closet Darwinian.