Encaustic Series by Vicky Reisima

The ‘Elements of Random’ series were conceived from my desire to combine the natural world with geometric patterns, highlighting the synergistic and beautiful relationship that can be witnessed between them.

This series of works were created in response to my desire to experiment with encaustic wax. After combining photographs with vector images in Photoshop, I went on to transfer the images onto calico fabric with the Intron Heat Transfer Press. Before fusing them onto wooden box frames, I couldn’t resist passing them under the sewing machine for old times sake. They are currently on display in the Can Print Exhibition in Hastings Community Art Gallery (Hawkes Bay, New Zealand from 21st July-02 August 2014), and available to purchase should you wish to have them adorning your walls.


Holy Bonds of Matrimony

Before I embarked upon my honeymoon with my beautiful new wife, I spent the day creating a self-portrait photographic composite in Adobe Photoshop CC. Soft and dreamy or grungy textured dimensionality. Which version of my ‘Holy Bonds’ do you prefer?

Photomontage Images by Vicky Reisima (2014)

Richard Tuschman

Photomontage artist, Richard Tuschman works with digital and traditional methods of creating imagery, including making overlays from his own paintings and photographs – of which I have begun to do myself. I am intrigued by the way he combines organic elements with distressed and corroded surfaces, juxtaposing the qualities of beauty with decay.

The way that Tuschman also illuminates his scenes with an ethereal light, is a quality that I also want to bring to my imagery, lending to a soft, intimate and dream like aesthetic.


Cyr, L. (2009). Art Revolution: alternative approaches for fine artists and illustrators. Ohio, USA: North Light Books

Linda Plaisted

The works of award winning photographic mixed media artist, Linda Plaisted have captured my attention in “Photocraft: creative mixed media and digital approaches to transforming your photographs.” by Susan Tuttle and Christi Hydeck.

My recent ideas of layering images in an etheric and dream-story way has already been successfully achieved by Plaisted in America. Plaisted’s award winning work is on a similar track to what I had thought to be a unique idea for me to pursue in the next stage of my and photographic art, however, I will not let this realisation stop me from exploring this idea.

I need to trust that I am still a unique artist and at the end of the day, no one does anything the same as another. So, off I go to explore layering nature images and self-portraiture together. My only intention is to combine these elements that I have a deep sense of reverence for. I have no end ideal result in mind, just thoughts of layers of transparency, blending modes at play, intimate, ethereal and contemplative images with a digital encaustic aesthetic.

Whats interesting is that Plaisted also works with encaustics, as seen below:


Hydeck, C & Tuttle, S. (2012). Photocraft: creative mixed media and digital approaches to transforming your photographs. Ohio, USA: North Light Books.

Plaisted, L. (2013). Linda Plaisted Fine Art Photography and Mixed Media. Retrieved from http://lindaplaisted.com/


ways of seeing: through the lens again


After a month of purely focussing on paint as media for creating, I couldn’t wait to start shooting again. It’s spring time in the Southern Hemisphere and the sun shower on the weekend proved to be the best time to get out and snap some blossom and rain drop action. This image pleases my soul. There is nothing more comforting than the return of fresh growth and hope that comes with it.

Seeing Texture & Tone



radial drops

radial drops

ocean run

ocean run

As part two in the Photography workshop this week my aim was to investigate through the lens of a camera, paying close attention to tone and contrast. Neither images were shot on campus, but rather on my photographic journal days of my recent holiday back home in Auckland, New Zealand.

The images were chosen due to the variation in texture and tonal values that they each portray in their own unique ways.  I consider them to be atmospheric and narrative, but thats possibly because I have created my own stories about them.  However, I will let you develop your own meaning for them.

‘Ocean run’ is constructed with horizontal striations that continue to graduate into lighter tones into the background. The contrast between the textural foreground and smooth background is what makes this an interesting image to suitably portray this brief. The free spirited traveller entering the picture plane on the right is the feature focus, which the eye is led to by the directional lines made by 4WD tracks.

‘Radial drops’ is a mysterious and elusive image, displaying radial textures as apposed to the striations of ‘Ocean run’.  It utilises a balanced variation of tonal values. The eye is led towards to square shapes in the left hand bottom corner, as they are the contrasting shape of the abundant circles created by the water fountain droplets.

Seeing in Black & White

Finally, I am back learning a media that I enjoy! Today we had a photography workshop where were to investigate our surroundings, and see things through the eye of a lens a different perspectives to which we see things in ordinary day to day life on campus. With contrast and scale in mind I shot numerous images that played with light, shadow, scale and reflections, with the intention of capturing any interesting images that I would have overlooked normally.  These two images were the pick of the bunch.  They are similar in that they both utilise radial focus points in the compositions, and have a balance of tonal qualities. I chose them because of their striking tonal contrasts, and the interesting views that they were captured from – both being close ups shot from a hobbits height, shorter than my eye level even.

shadow or not

shadow or not

This is one that I had to throw in also. I tinkered with photoshop effects and came upon this interesting result. I am fascinated the textural, topsy turvy tones of the image, and it reminds me how I would like to explore infrared photography.