• Marybeth Bradbury

What I Did on My Summer Vacation


We’ve had a whirlwind of a time recently with a 1,500 mile round-trip drive to pick up our two little granddaughters and bring them here to the beach with us. I had forgotten how relentless 24/7 parenting is, but I was (mostly) back in the groove after a few days. We had them alone for a week before my daughter and grandson joined us for another week. Endless meals, endless laundry, buckets of sand swept back outside, and wonderful memories made. I remember my grandmother often saying, “we’re making memories, girls!” while we were tramping around the woods finding fairy circles and building forts under fallen trees; to have the opportunity to do the same with my girls is precious (and exhausting, but I've napped now).

While they love hanging out in the studio with me painting and making clay faces, the only time I had to make my own art was before dawn a couple mornings when the house was still quiet. I have been working on the digital collage images above that I will print on rice paper, then incorporate into encaustic paintings. I love working on my iPad so I can play with variations and “what ifs” without committing to changes until I’m satisfied, then bring them into the world in a tangible way.

I haven’t picked up a paintbrush in nearly three weeks and I'm determined to get back to the studio and my Loving Kindness series later today. For now, I hope you enjoy these images and, as always, I thank you for your support and encouragement as I meander along this path.


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