"Seperation"
30 x 47 in; March 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Shroud"
40 x 40 in; March 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD

Many thanks to those who came out for the opening of "Wax & Wool" at Old Main Gallery in Bozeman on March 1st. I was just really blown away by this show and the contrast of my work alongside that of Meghan Purcell's felted wool hangings. Please, please be sure to follow along with Meghan - her art and her story is just incredible. I was very touched by the many people who came to the show, who braved the roads and the weather to see the art, and for all your kind comments. Huge thanks to Old Main Gallery for putting together such a wonderful and interesting show. I'm honored to have a part in it all.









Thank you Jackson! What an incredible week painting, skiing, and exploring. My mini residency was a blast and I cannot wait to come back this summer to do it again and hopefully teach a workshop! I got out of the comfort of my home studio and found that I could do encaustic painting anywhere and in front of people. I skied all over the valley - downhill, cross country and backcountry. I got to paint outside and play with some new ideas. We went to a gala at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Plus I got to know the wonderful people at Gallery Wild and see them move into their new gorgeous space. Thank you to gallery manager, Jenny for hosting us and letting us take over your house for a week. And thank you to Carrie Wild for inviting me out, and giving me the space to paint.

There are 4 brand new paintings available in Gallery Wild now, including this painting "Furtive Glance" a 30x40 encaustic. For more info, please contact 
Gallery Wild 
"Furtive Glance"
30 x 40 in; February 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild
"Teton Pines"
47 x 25 in; February 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild
I got out of my comfort zone this last week and painted somewhere that was not my own studio. I packed up all my tools and materials and drove north to Jackson, WY to spend a week painting in Gallery Wild. Set up right in the middle of he gallery on a couple of saw horses and a large plywood table, I worked every afternoon for the week to make 4 new paintings. Visitors to the gallery were at first unsure of what I was doing, but quickly became entranced by the smell of the beeswax and the flow of my torch. I enjoyed sharing my process with visitors as well as working in a new and inspiring setting. It was really wonderful to spread my wings a little bit - metaphorically and physically.

Join us!

Opening Reception
Friday, March 1st
5-7pm

Wax & Wool
Bridgette Meinhold and Meghan Purcell

 
Bridgette Meinhold is an artist and freelance writer based in Park City, Utah, where she lives in a small A-frame cabin in an aspen grove with her husband and dog. From her front porch she has access to backcountry skiing, biking, hiking and a whole world of inspiration. Meinhold’s encaustic process begins with time spent outdoors. Taking inspiration from a mountain, a ridgeline, a stand of trees or a wisp of fog. Using natural material like beeswax, tree resin and milk paint, Meinhold distills a landscape down into it’s bare elements.

Meghan Purcell studied fine art at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and Montana State University – Bozeman. She earned a BFA in Art Education at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2011. Through the ancient technique of wool felting, Purcell explores ideas of genuine connection, sustainability, and the integrity of the human hand in an industrialized society. From sourcing wool locally, to assisting with sheep shearing and felting each piece entirely by hand, every step of the process is highly intentional. Purcell’s work is an expression of Montana’s identity in landscape and ranch heritage. Through every stage of the sheep-to-wool cycle, these felted wool works aim to connect the viewer back to the source; to Montana’s agricultural resources and the surrounding wild, vast landscapes.
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After a gorgeous cross country ski in Grand Teton National Park, I found a quiet spot to have lunch and do a little paining. As it was about 2 degrees outside, I painted in my car, looking out through the driver side window to peer into the mysteries of the Tetons. There is far too much detail in those peaks to capture it all in a small, sketchbook painting, but I tried to pull out the interesting details, highlight some colors and the feeling of the moment. When I started the peaks were fully exposed in all their glory, but gradually became covered with a thin veil of clouds. I had them for just a half hour, but it was long enough to get to know them a little better.

If you are in Jackson Monday, February 18th through Saturday, February 23rd, please stop by Gallery Wild to say hello and see me in action. I'm taking a little mini residency up in Jackson for the week to take in the sites and paint live in the gallery. I am so excited to share my process with you and explore Jackson in more depth. Stop by and say hello this next week!

photo @JP Gendron
"Curation"
34 x 47 in; February 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild
"Expansion"
40 x 30 in; February 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Old Main Gallery
 
"Practice of Allowing"
54 x 36 in; February 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Old Main Gallery
14 years ago, Matt brought me to his cabin for the first time. It was a beautiful, clear night with a sky full of stars and a bright moon. We had only been dating a few weeks, but I hadn't yet met his dog and I hadn't seen this house that he snowmobiled home to every night. Growing up in Oklahoma, it was hard for me to imagine what it must be like living in a place that gets so much snow, you can't plow. He had described it to me - how he parked his car alongside his neighbors, hopped on his snowmobile, went over a ridge, and then when he passed a certain telephone pole, he cut right and aimed towards his a-frame cabin. When he got home, his dog Riley would be outside waiting for him and would sing and dance for him.

The night he brought me to his cabin, I dressed in my ski pants and coat, wore my heavy winter boots, donned a beanie, goggles and gloves. I had no idea where we were going, no idea if my cell phone would work, no concept of how to leave if he turned out to be a psycho - I had to completely trust this man. And I did. It occurs to me now that maybe I should have been more cautious, but there really was no reason for me to be worried. I trusted Matt implicitly, even from the very beginning.

Being winter, the sun set early and the moon was up and shining brightly as we made our way to the snowmobile. It was also my first time on a snowmobile. We got on and I put my arms around his waist and we took off, racing up the hillside, cold but on fire too. As we crested the hill, Matt slowed to a stop and turned the machine off. Spread out below me lit up by the moon was this glorious view of the valley and the mountains. My heart stopped, I forgot to breathe and I choked on my tongue. Matt proudly pointed out the neighborhood, where his house was, the names of the peaks, and where he was going to take me hiking the next day.

Ask me if I believe in love at first sight and I will tell you unequivocally, yes. The instant I saw these mountains, I fell head over heels for them. Luckily I was already sitting down, or I might have fallen, bowled over by their beauty. I was utterly enchanted and forever changed.
"Snowfield"
30 x 47 in; January 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
"Finding Clarity"
30 x 47 in; January 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
"Along Gallitan"
40 x 25 in; January 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Old Main Gallery
"Transverse"
25 x 40 in; January 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Old Main Gallery

Some new photos of a recent install of a large commission for some wonderful clients here in Park City. We specially designed and built this frame to fit over some large, protruding boulders in the fireplace. It's just such a perfect placement and I am so thankful to Gallery MAR for arranging this commission and to Aisling Art Installation for hanging it so well.



"Obscura"
30 x 47 in; January 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Old Main Gallery
"Layered Deep"
47 x 30 in; January 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Old Main Gallery

Jupiter Peak in blueberry ink. I'm learning to make my own inks and this was from one of my first batches. As it is winter, foraging for natural materials is a bit tough, so I bought a bag of frozen wild blueberries, boiled and mashed them down, strained and filter out the juice until I had a rich, cherry-colored juice. But the ink is something a bit like magic and starts off as bright red, but then deepens to a beautiful purple. Watching it change colors is like watching a sunset. I also made a batch of ink from golden beets, which made a beautiful lemon yellow. I am fascinated and hooked. What else can I make ink from?


These are the first inks I made. From left to right in jars - blueberry, golden beet, and pecan shells. The blueberry and golden ink turned out beautiful!



Instructions/ingredients and results from the three inks.

"Ebb & Flow"
40 x 60 in diptych; January 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Old Main Gallery
"Subtle Shift"
47 x 20 in; January 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Old Main Gallery