'In the sea of love, I melt like salt, Faith, Doubt - they both dissolve.
A star is opening in my heart, The worlds turn in it.’  ~ Rumi

Sea of Love  from The Birth of Venus series by Maggie Simonelli
Encaustic, 16 kt pale gold leaf, pigments: Smalt glass and manganese blue,  Japanese coral and Iwamomo pink glass, Chinese cinnabar, cosmetics: CHANEL 96 Utopia & CHANEL 847 Envol eye shadow,  acrylic under painting, and sea water on birch panel36” x 36”  x 1 3/4”


MEDITATIONS on the River

“…the river is everywhere at the same time,”   ― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

Meditations on the Hudson, Flowing River  by Maggie Simonelli    (private commission)
Encaustic, pigments, Chinese cinnabar, Japanese coral,  aluminum leaf, CHANEL 122 Ocean Light eye shadow, Hudson River water and acrylic on floating birch panel     18” h x 90" x 1 7/8”

DETAILS :  Meditations on the Hudson, Flowing River  by Maggie Simonelli

Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?" That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.”    ― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha


Wind + Grasses    by Maggie Simonelli
Encaustic (cosmetic grade beeswax), Japanese Coral, Agate (ground stone), 22 kt & 16 kt pale gold leaf, oxidizing copper & bronzed leaf,  pigments, purpurite, gouache and cosmetics: CHANEL In Love blush + eye shadow on floating birch panel    24" x 24"

Please note: Copper and bronzed leaf has oxidized to green over time.

In love we are like the blades of grass swaying in the wind, with strength in flexibility we surrender and bend,  yet we do not break. 

Inspired by :  “When the wind blows, the grass bends.”  Confucius, The Analects
and Eulailas (Autumn Grass) by Suzuki Kiitsu 鈴木基一 (1796-1858) Ink and silver on paper 2 panel screen, Edo period, 19th century

Maggie Simonelli Fire in the River, Meditations on the Hudson
Encaustic, water: Hudson River, eyeshadow: Sephora Color N° 13 Curacao Punch, Japanese coral, Chinese cinnabar, aluminum leaf, pigments and acrylic on floating birch panels      TOTAL : 3 Panels :  18" h x 56 1/4” w