M. Hasbrouck photo-encaustic paintings

Thursday, July 17, 2014

PAINTING MUSIC Hávallagata 30 EP from Low Roar

I've been listening to this all morning. I love painting to music with vocals in a language that I don't understand; the meaning of the words doesn't distract me from my own creative line of thought .
I particularly like the first track -I'm leaving. Sample it all at the wonderful Noisetrade and download for free (or a tip) if you like it. 

Nice cover art too!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"Shared Dreams" at the Fantastical Minds exhibition

Shared Dreams photoencaustic painting 80x96 inches M. Hasbrouck

"Shared Dreams," one of my large scale (80x96 inches) photoencaustic paintings is showing in Atlanta at the Gallery Walk at Terminus, from June, 20 through September 9, 2014. 

Special thanks to the art installers who came to pick up my work and then waited patiently in the hot sun for the locksmith to arrive at my studio.  And thanks to Decatur Lock and Key for extracting the broken (and useless) key from my impenetrable studio door and saving the day!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Audrey Kral Oil Paintings

 As a kid I did gymnastics with Audrey and after many years we have run into each other via social media.  Her beautiful paintings are featured on her new Facebook page and well worth a look.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"Time Stops" installation at The Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Based on my (slightly larger) photo-encaustic painting, "Time Stops," this two-sided installation piece was created in 2011 for a month long exhibition at The Atlanta Botanical Gardens. 
It was an experimental process for me that was designed to withstand the wet, harsh (for art) conditions in the Fuqua Conservatory. After the exhibition, I have been testing the limits of the piece by subjecting it to continual rain, sun, and abuse. 


Today, the piece is officially retired.

The structure of the piece was created with modified hollow core doors. The water proofing was multiple layers of UV stabilized epoxy made for boats. Ultimately, water got in through the hinges that held the panels together and the piece began deteriorating from the inside out. The image itself was well preserved; I couldn't detect any  fading.
My next test piece will hang rather than sit an the ground.  I'll try some minimal yearly maintenance; a clear silicone spray around the edges and on the hanging hardware.  Hopefully that will be enough to extend the piece's life to at least 5 years. I'll post pictures once the work is hanging. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

NUMBERS, a 36 second video (and a short explanation)

NUMBERS is a 12x12 inch mixed media painting made with recycled wood tiles and rare earth magnets. Each tile can be flipped, rotated and/or and moved to anywhere on the painting. 

There are millions of possible configurations.

I love the tactile quality of art. 

This piece and others like it are my attempt at expanding the physical experience of art. I made this body of work to be touched and handled by the viewer. The tiles are irregular and smooth from multiple sandings; they have a depth and a weight to them. The reclaimed wood that they are made of has a history of it own.   
Artists always get to touch their own work, for me it is one of the great joys of making art. I hope that by creating work that is made to be handled, I am able to pass on that same joy to others.

I am also interested in shifting the role of the artist. 

I have embedded a small  rare earth magnet in each tile. This allows the tiles to be moved around endlessly within the piece, neatly holding themselves wherever they are placed. With each repositioning of the tile, the look and feel and meaning of the piece shifts.
I have attempted to make what I think of as the ingredients for a piece of art. With my videos I offer possible configurations, but ultimately I have left it to the viewer.  Whoever is standing in front of the physical piece can change and rearrange the tiles based on their mood, tastes, whims, and desires. With this work, I the artist, am happy to step aside.

For a short while longer this and other "tile pieces" are available to be viewed, touched, and manipulated at Gallery One in Nashville.

Sunday, February 23, 2014


This cool looking visual demonstrates what Twitter looks like when two groups with different political views talk about the same thing:
twitter usage as art
  For the social science behind the twitter art, see this interesting article on quartz. http://qz.com/179158

Friday, February 21, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Beautiful Beast and the Butterfly House

The Beautiful Beast and the Butterfly House 
A 36x36 inch mixed media painting with oak tiles and rare earth magnets. 
Each tile can be flipped and moved to anywhere on the painting. 

The Beautiful Beast and the Butterfly House (variation #59)

The Beautiful Beast and the Butterfly House (the "A" side)

There are millions of possible combinations

Saturday, February 15, 2014

My all time favorite first line

John Irving

         I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was an instrument of my mother's death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Creative Chickens

Maggie Hasbrouck's chickens
The snowstorm kept me home from my studio but it didn't stop my chickens from making a little art of their own.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


THE GIRL  2013

mixed media with rare earth magnets
Currently available through Gallery One in Nashville

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Monster in my Studio


My temperamental, ink guzzling, little monster is on it's best behavior today. 
(The print in progress is a background for a very fun commission I'm working on.)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Two of my favorite book covers and a give away

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children  by  

Hollow City by 

Check out this goodreads contest to win an autographed copy of Hollow City! 

Sunday, February 9, 2014


Great cover and great first line

 "It was the day my grandmother exploded."


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Museum of Extraordinary Things


Beautiful cover art

check out goodreads to win a copy of  Alice Hoffman's mesmerizing and illuminating new novel!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014