Thea Lanzisero Monier-Williams
My artwork is about finding a place of balance. I want to take you with me on a journey spiritually and intellectually through my installations with the hope of touching on what connects people, sparking memory, wonder and play. The motivation and materials create the balance- spiritual, mystical, ritual vs. logical, manmade, and scientific.

Starlight, the triad of steel and photovoltaic sculptures shown in 2006 at the Brooklyn Bridge State Park, are now on view as part of the Public Art Initiative in Huntington, NY. This sculptural grouping is based on the idea that we are connected with our universe. Each of the pod-like steel spheres is integrated with solar panels and lights and has surfaces covered with hundreds of welded primitive patterns. Harnessing and storing the suns gift of renewable energy during daylight hours to power the orbs to glow at night bring attention to the patterns of regeneration that emerge and reoccur throughout our natural world. A balance is created between the minimalist form, the welded primal surface drawings and the contemporary materials used to build the sculptures, creating a unique presence between the past and future. This installation is imbued with cyclical patterns, a reminder of the renewable, day to night, seed to sprout, star to supernova.

In thinking more about environmental issues regarding materials and message I stumbled upon bamboo growing unexpectedly where I live. This revelation of replenishing material has inspired a maze-like installation at Sculpture Key West (Jan 07) called Bamboo Wave, a three-dimensional drawing in space of bamboo walls interconnecting to form a wave pattern which the viewer walks into and through.  This led to the creation of the Golden Spiral, a bamboo sculpture built on the footprint of the spiral created within the ancient architectural measurement of the golden mean.  These temporary interactive installations are meant to engage the viewer physically and spiritually.


Making Encaustic Medium
I fell in love with encaustic paintings the first time I saw one hanging. There was just something about the work... The luminosity, the transparency, the brilliance. It was unlike anything that I had ever seen before. I knew I had to try it and once I did, I was hooked.
Introduction to Color Theory
Color is a very broad topic. Entire books have been written on color and it would be quite difficult to cover every aspect of it within the confines of this article. My hopes with this introduction to color theory is to peek your interest and hopefully cause you to study this topic further on your own. Understanding color theory is perhaps one of the most important aspects of becoming a good painter. When you understand the elements of color and how colors interact with one another, you have unlocked one of the biggest puzzles of painting
How to make your own oil paints
How to make your own oil paintsOil paints are made basically by mixing cold-pressed Linsed oil with pigment or color until a smooth buttery paint is produced. When the oil paint is used and applied to a surface the oil oxidizes or absorbs air and then forms a solid film that binds the pigment to the surface of the painting.
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