Monday, May 21, 2018


Image size 6" x 6"

It's been a while since I've done a palette knife painting.  I really enjoy this technique and the textural look of the finished painting, but have been preoccupied with encaustic paintings. 

I'm planning to paint 'en plein aire' in June for a local contest so I thought I should start practicing with oils since I will be using them and can use some practice.  It's stressful enough painting outside (since I never do that) so being comfortable with my medium will help.

Buellton is a small town in Santa Barbara county and there are several nearby wineries that are fun to visit.  I love the look of the rolling hills with dotted greenery behind vineyards.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Iris on Yupo

"Iris On Yupo"
Image size 11" x 14"
This probably looks like one of my older paintings and it should.  I started this probably 8 years ago and never finished it.  I've been cleaning out my studio (again) and when I found this painting, I decided I needed to finish it.  I think this is the only painting that I have done on Yupo (a plastic, non-absorbent paper) because I find it to be a very hard surface to paint on.  The results can be interesting, but I have trouble with lint getting onto the surface and in the paint.  After I finished painting this, I spritzed it with a light mist of water which gave it an interesting texture.

Monday, May 7, 2018


Image size 15" x 22"
This was a fun exercise in acrylic.  I used a variety of thicknesses of the paint along with different applications to achieve this effect.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Gray Day

"Gray Day"
Image size 24" x 36"

I love the beach on an overcast day.  There is something very soothing about the lack of color and a misty sky.  This is my second painting using tones of gray in a wave painting.  This photo shows much more contrast than I see in the actual painting, but in looking at this, I might put a few layers of clear medium to diffuse the colors more.

Monday, April 23, 2018


Image size 12" x 12"
I was trying for an ethereal feeling in this painting.  I love these muted, soft colors even though I usually am attracted to bright colors.  These are very soothing and I like that.

Monday, April 16, 2018


Image size 36" x 43"

I finally finished the large encaustic that I've been working on for over a month.  This is the most difficult encaustic that I've painted so far.  I had trouble keeping the distinct edges of the railings each time I fused a layer of wax.  The wax on either side of the railings would also become molten and move, destroying my edges.  I did a lot of cursing on this one, that's for sure, but I'm happy with the finished painting.

This was a commission painted from my client's photo.  He was recently on a trip to Chile and snapped the reference photo on his iphone.  I love the photo and was really excited to try to capture the feeling of light hitting that back area on the path.  The right lower corner of this painting is darker than it appears in this photo because there is light coming in through a window on that side.  Since encaustic paintings are shiny it is really hard to get an accurate photo of them.  

Monday, April 9, 2018


Image size 5" x 7"
Encaustic, shellac burn
I'm still working on that large encaustic so this week's painting is another small study.  I could probably call the large encaustic finished - my friends that have seen it say it's done, but it is a commission and I want it to be perfect.  I will definitely finish it this week.  I'm just noodling the details at this point.

Monday, April 2, 2018


Image size 6" diameter
I've been working on a large encaustic, so I just painted a small study for this week's painting.  I've had this handmade piece of watercolor paper for several years and thought it would be fun to use as a support.  I didn't test it, but I am pretty sure that it doesn't have any sizing, so I put a coat of fiber paste on it to give it an interesting texture and to seal it.   The fiber paste that I used is an acrylic medium made by Golden Paint Company.  I'm a big fan of that company's products and they have a wonderful website full of information.  They have a series of videos on their site and they also employ artists that demonstrate their products around the country.  Along with their acrylic paints and mediums, they also make Qor watercolors (which I love) and oil paints (which I've never tried). 

This is a very cool thing on their website.  It's a virtual paint mixing guide.  You can click on colors, add varying amounts and see what the mixture will look like.  

I know it sounds like work for Golden, but I am just really impressed by their products and how supportive they are.

Monday, March 26, 2018

New Zealand Road

"New Zealand Road"
Image size 8" x 10"
I painted this from a photo taken by my daughter when she was traveling in New Zealand.  I love the colors in the sky and painted this in oil so that I could do a lot of blending.  I'm ready to get back to encaustics and watercolor.  Oils can be fun, but that isn't my favorite medium to use.

Monday, March 19, 2018


Image size 6" x 8"

Just a small oil painting that I did in a workshop with Debra Huse this past weekend.  I learned a lot and it was a really nice group of artists, but I think I had an allergic reaction to the paint fumes.  We had the doors closed because it was so cold outside so there wasn't any ventilation and I was also sitting down so the smell of my paints was close.  Something to think about for the future.  Maybe I'll only use oils outside and stick to acrylics, water miscible oils and watercolor when I'm working inside.

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