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. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Follow Your Path

"Follow Your Path"
Image size 4' x 8'

This took me a couple of months to paint and was such a fun project.  I installed it today and I'm so happy with how it turned out and how it looks in the room.  I painted a multi-canvas mural like this about 10 years ago and was happy to be commissioned to do this technique again.  Although there is space between the canvases breaking up the scene, our brains are able to "connect the dots" and read it as one picture.  I think the color of the wall really adds to the painting.

Here is a picture straight on that I took once I finished it but it was still hanging in my studio.  The paper pattern with paint on it in the background is a bit distracting, but you get the idea. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Cresting Wave

"Cresting Wave"
Image Size 24" x 48"
Encaustic & Oil
I'm very happy with the colors and movement in this painting.  It is mostly encaustic, but I did so underlying colors in oil and a finishing layer of oil and encaustic. 

Monday, October 30, 2017


Image size 9" x 12"
This is NOT what I had in mind when I started this painting, but I'm very happy with the outcome.  I can't seem to stay away from painting water, probably because the encaustic medium is so beautiful for creating paintings of water.  I love the colors in the water and will probably do a much larger painting with this same feeling.  

Monday, October 23, 2017

Rainy Season

"Rainy Season"
Image Size 15" x 45"
We've been having another heat wave this week which made me want to paint something with cool, soothing colors that would remind me of how nice it's going to be when we get some rain.  I've been working on a large painting using acrylics and am really enjoying this medium so I decided to use it for this week's painting.  It is so versatile. It can be used thick like oil paint or thinned like watercolor.

For this painting, I mostly used the paints as I would watercolor paints, thinning them down so that they would run.  There are some areas where the paint is thicker, but mostly it is thin.  Acrylics really shouldn't be thinned with water too much because it affects the adhesion of the paint and it could flake off.  I should have used an acrylic medium to thin it, but the paint still would have been too thick.  I am planning to apply several coats of a UV varnish over this which will stabilize the paint as well as protect it from bright light so having thinned the paint won't be a problem.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Morning Mist

"Morning Mist"
Image size 15.5" x 15.5"

I love the subtle colors in this painting.  I started it by using mostly wax already mixed on my palette as the underpainting.  There were oranges and purples, blues and greens.  All of them mixed together to make some really beautiful color combinations.  They are peeking through the more subtle subsequent layers.

Monday, October 9, 2017


Image size 8" x 8"
This is just a small water study.  I was working on a large painting this week so I didn't spend much time on my weekly painting.  Hopefully next week I will post a more detailed painting.

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