Monday, September 24, 2018

Lily Pad Koi Pond

"Lily Pad Koi Pond"
Image size 12" x 48"
Encaustic and Oil

I painted this design a few years ago, but this one is longer and it looks pretty different.  This is mostly painted with encaustic and I finished it with a layer of pale blue oil paint with a couple layers of clear medium on top to get an interesting texture in the water area.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Storm at Sunset

"Storm At Sunset"
Image size 10" x 14"
This is another old painting that I covered over with gesso using a piece of mat board and scraping a random design into it so that some of the original colors show through and then I painted a new painting on top of that.  I know this is a pretty scary looking sky, but I liked the drama of the dark colors against the pastel hues.

Monday, September 10, 2018


Image size 5" x 5"
I bought some cold wax a while ago and decided to try it this week.  I've never been able to figure out exactly what the purpose of it is other than extending the amount of paint.  I thought it would be fun to carve into this to show the underpainting (the red areas) and then once it was dry I added the black with a thin bamboo skewer rather than a brush.  

If any of you use cold wax and can give some pointers I would be very happy to learn.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Sandy Cove

"Sandy Cove"
Image size 13" x 13"

I took an old painting that wasn't a favorite and added gesso over it using a scrap of mat board to move it around and have thin and thick areas which allowed some of the color from the old painting to show through.  That sealed the paper so any paint I added on top of the gesso was easily liftable.  I added some acrylic in areas that I didn't want it to lift and for the white water hitting the shore.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Passing By

"Passing By"
Image size 7" x 11"
Watercolor and Acrylic

Koi fish have always been one of my favorite subjects and I'm back to painting them once again. I had a piece of watercolor paper to which I had attached a piece of Masa paper which had crinkles and wrinkles in it.  They show up in parts of the painting, but not as much as I had hoped.  It was fun experimenting with that surface and the combination of watercolor and acrylic.  

Monday, August 20, 2018


Image size 12" x 12"

We finally got a couple of days that were a bit cooler so I did some encaustic painting in the garage.  The heat has been brutal for working outside with a heat gun and melted wax.  I'm looking forward to fall...

Monday, August 13, 2018


Image size 27.5" X 12"

Although this is mostly encaustic, I did use a smudge of raw umber oil paint around the edges to give an antiqued feeling.  Most of the white in this painting is wax, but I added some white oil paint because I like the texture I get with the oil paint when I fuse it into the rest of the wax.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Tranquil Waters

"Tranquil Waters"
Image size 8" x 10"
I have a few canvases that I've painted with cadmium red paint as a ground and I decided to use one of them this week.  I really like seeing the red flecks peeking through the paint.  This was painted with a palette knife.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Watery Abstract

"Watery Abstract"
Image size 11" x 18"
Watercolor and Acrylic
This was an experiment that didn't work out the way that I expected.  I think I definitely overworked it.  This one may be re-worked in the future....

Monday, July 23, 2018

Abstract Reflections

"Abstract Reflections"
Image size 10" x 14"
I took an old start of a painting and put gesso over it with a small piece of mat board to give it the texture.  Then I added color to the sky, hills and water.  I love the textures in this painting.

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