Reflections on Fire
by Caylin Spear
My version of the story is a lot less dramatic compared with the loss the owners of Hanapepe Naturals are enduring. I lost about 15 paintings, maybe more, still not completely sure, in a fire that happened last week. It has been a roller coaster of emotions especially in dealing with the loss of the wax encaustic work. I am still photographing and trying to figure out what to do with all the remains I salvaged from the fire. In the mean time I have had over $200 in donations from my fellow Women Artist of Kauai sisters. With this generosity I am able to buy enough material to replace most of the work. The new series will be different of course, but maybe it will be better than before. Now I just want to go to the dump with all of the stinky char broiled mess of paintings, but I will postpone that trip until I figure out if I could reseal the beeswax and preserve some of the interesting marks made in the wax from the fire damage. I have learned about the impermanence of art and really life itself. The constant circle of creation and destruction. It is a reminder of the balance found in life. So delicate and always changing. Moral of the story: Get fire insurance! Cheers to moving forward with even more beautiful images than those that were lost!