Monday, January 22, 2018

"Moody Waters"

"Moody Waters"
Image size 11" x 14"
Encaustic, Oil, Shellac Burn
Just playing around with different techniques this week.  I really enjoy working with these three mediums together. 

Monday, January 15, 2018


Image Size 15" x 22"

There are so many layers in this painting with varying degrees of opacity and transparency.  I would tell you what I see in this painting, but I think abstracts should be analyzed by the individual viewer.  It's fun to "find" things in a painting like this.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Cerveza Time

"Cerveza Time"
Image size 14" x 20"
This painting has been in the works for a couple of months.  Painting a portrait is very stressful for me, so I procrastinate more than usual when I'm working on one.  I've always loved this photo of my son and knew that at some point I would try painting it.  

Monday, January 1, 2018


Image size 14" x 14"
Happy New Year!!  As one of my New Year's resolutions, I am planning to finish unfinished paintings.  This one has been hanging around for about 4 years and looked very different than it does now.  I started it in acrylic and had painted the canvas red before I began the painting letting a lot of the red peek through.  I decided that I wanted it to be a softer painting so I painted over the red and switched to oil.  I haven't really painted flowers for many years so it was interesting to work on this.  I'm happy to have finished it and will be hunting through my studio to find another unfinished painting...

Monday, December 25, 2017

Winter Water

"Winter Water"
Image Size 15.5" x 15.5"

Merry Christmas.  I hope are all enjoying the day.  If you are in the areas that are having freezing temperatures I hope you are able to stay inside all cozy and warm.

I was playing around with some shellac burning in the water portion of this painting. I love painting clouds and water, so this is a perfect subject for me.  

Monday, December 18, 2017

Kelp Bed

"Kelp Bed"
Image size 12" x 24"
Encaustic and ink
I think these blues and greens are my favorite color combination.  The colors are so soothing.  I was going to do a shellac burn on this painting, but really like the texture created by the alcohol inks so for now, I'm calling it finished.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Shore Breaker

"Shore Breaker"
Image Size 24" x 48"
I think this is one of my favorite waves so far.  It's pretty heavy so I must have put a lot more wax on it than usual.  I know I kept layering and layering, building up the colors.  I wanted this painting to have a lot of movement and energy.  I love how the foam from previous waves gets drawn up into the new waves right before they break and tried to get that feeling in this painting. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Fanciful Wave

"Fanciful Wave"
Image size 5.5" x 6"
This is a poured acrylic that I finished this week.  I love the swirls in the paint and so when I added white paint for the spray I made fanciful shapes rather than trying to make it more realistic.  It's a bit crafty looking, but that's okay with me.  I've been working on a large encaustic which should be done for next week's painting.

Monday, November 27, 2017


"Drip, Drip, Drip"
Image Size 9" x 12"
Encaustic, ink
I was playing around with letting the wax run but wasn't totally happy with the results so I added some alcohol inks to give a bit more texture and now I like it.  As with all encaustic, getting the wax to run in a controlled way will require more practice and finesse with the heat gun.  Maybe I'll have to finally bring out my torch and see what I can do with that.  It's hard to get over my fear of fire though...  

Monday, November 20, 2017

Silverado Afternoon

"Silverado Afternoon"
Image size 16" x 20"
I wanted to paint a more representational painting in encaustic this week.  It's a challenge to fuse the wax without losing the hard edges between objects, but I'm having fun trying.  This is an area not too far from where I live and I have several pictures of this area that I've used for paintings in other mediums.  I think I might do a few more layers on this after living with it a few days.  I think a layer or two of clear wax in the background area might soften it nicely. 

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