Monday, January 21, 2019

DC Townhouse

"DC Townhouse"
Image size 18" x 14"

The color in this photo isn't very good.  I forgot to take a good picture of it when it was finished.  The outside edges of this vignette are white even though they look grey in this photo.

Painting house portraits is a bit stressful for me because I want to capture the house just as the owners see it.  I do like to paint architectural details since I used to do architectural drafting when I was younger.   I'm glad this one is finished and off to its new home.  I hope my clients love it.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Nature's Force

"Nature's Force"
Image size 12" x 12"

There are so many acrylic mediums that can be used either as grounds for a painting or mixed with paint to create different effects.  I started this painting by putting crackle paste on my painting surface.  Then I used a very watery medium blue color to get into the cracks.  After that, I layered many different colors, some very diluted and others full strength to build up the colors.  I began to lose the look of the cracks so to finish the painting, I did a final thin veil of the blue to get into the cracks and wiped that paint off of the surface of the painting.

I used Golden acrylic products as I usually do.  Their products are high quality and as a company, they are very helpful.  Their website has a lot of information and videos about their products and how to use them.  They also have free demo classes throughout the country.  

Monday, January 7, 2019


Image size 5" x 7"
Watercolor/Acrylic/Rice Paper
I'm experimenting again.  This was painted on a piece of mat board.  First I attached different textures of rice paper using a matte medium as the glue.  Then I poured some watercolors that I had mixed up a while ago which is probably why there were specks of color instead of each color being completely smooth (which I really like).  After that dried, I used my Derwent "Inktense" watersoluble ink pencils for some added detail.  These pencils have very intense color and are permanent once dry.  

Monday, December 31, 2018

Lily Pad Sphere

Lily Pad Sphere
Image size 24" diameter

I tried a new experiment this week.  This handmade paper had no sizing in it so I sealed it with gesso which makes the paint sit on the surface.  That makes it hard to glaze layers of watercolor paint without lifting previous layers.  I wanted to use watercolor paints rather than acrylic paints because watercolor paints have more interesting textures and aren't as flat looking as acrylic.  

I bought some airbrush medium (Liquitex) which has the same consistency as water and used it to mix my paints (instead of water).  By doing that, once it dried, it became permanent so I didn't have to worry about previous layers lifting.  It does have that acrylic sheen which I don't like so I'm going to finish it with a layer of matte medium.

It was a fun experiment and I would definitely try this technique again on future paintings.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Greek Fishing

"Greek Fishing"
Image size 15" x 22"
I visited Katakalon, Greece on a cruise with a friend many years ago and fell in love with the (very) small town.  This was one of many charming boats waiting to head out for a day of fishing.  

It had an old chair sitting on the deck which I planned to paint, but I drew it too lightly and painted over it before I realized that it was lost.  I may try painting this again sometime in the future and add the chair, but for now, I'm on to the next project.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018


Image size 24" x 18"

I didn't post this last night because I couldn't access my blogger account.  I updated my computer and it has screwed so many things up that now I remember why I ignore those prompts for so long!  I finally figured it out this morning, so here is my post.

Anyway, this is another abstracted water scene.  I was using up colors that were mixed on my palette so I can start with some new colors for my next project.  I don't know what that will be yet, but it probably won't be started until after the holidays.

Monday, December 10, 2018


Image size 12" x 24"
Koi fish are a favorite subject for me to paint.  It's harder to paint them in encaustic than in watercolor, but I enjoy the challenge.  I have several more koi paintings planned for the next few months.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Purple Haze

"Purple Haze"
Image size 12" x 12"
Encaustic/Shellac burn
Purple is probably my favorite color and I feel that it's a good addition to the blues and greens in this painting.  I mixed the purple with clear shellac to create the net-like textures when the shellac was burned.  I like the eerie quality that shellac burns add to an encaustic painting.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Rainbow Shore

"Rainbow Shore"
Image size 6" x 36"
This is a series of six individual 6" x 6" cradled boards that I painted to be hung together, but they could also each be individual paintings.  I did an underpainting of a rainbow color for each one and my thought was to have them hung like you would see the colors of the rainbow - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet.  

The effect isn't as strong as I intended, but I think it is still an interesting concept.  I also thought that they could be hung in a hexagonal shape as a more abstracted water painting.  I didn't have a large enough black background to take a picture, but you get the idea....

Monday, November 19, 2018


Image size 12" x 12"
Encaustic/Shellac Burn
This painting went through many different stages before this end result.  In the beginning, I was creating a lot of texture and only partially fusing each layer.  I decided that it wasn't reading the way I had hoped so I fused it all completely and added my textural look with a blue shellac burn.  I'm much happier with the outcome.  The background still has a nice feeling of texture, but with a smooth surface.

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