Monday, November 12, 2018

Choppy Waters

"Choppy Waters"
Image size 12" x 24"

I decided to make an abstracted water painting with some desaturated greens along with a small amount of blue.  I like the effect it gives the painting.  I also did some shellac burns using white and blue.  That gives such a fun textural look.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Blue Wave

"Blue Wave"
Image size 24" x 60"

This may look familiar to you.  I did the same painting about 6 months ago in a different size ( 24" x 48" ).  A client came into the gallery that shows my encaustics and loved the painting but wanted it a bit longer.

Reproducing the painting was not easy.  Encaustic has so many layers of color and because I had added a glaze of white oil paint as I finished the original painting, it was really hard to figure out how dark I needed to make the colors in the new painting so that when I added the white glaze the colors would be the same value.  Also, because each layer is fused, the wax moves as it becomes molten so control is a relative thing. 

Below are photos of the two paintings next to each other. 

I made a few artistic changes in the new painting, but mostly I tried to replicate the original in color and feel.  

Monday, October 29, 2018

Calm Shore

"Calm Shore"
Image size 8" x 15"
This was the start of another painting that began years ago.  I didn't like it so I painted over it with gesso using scraping motions and painted something totally different.  

Monday, October 22, 2018


Image size 6" x 6"
I was experimenting with texture in this painting.  It has actual texture and perceived texture from the color strokes.  This reminds me of a springtime flower garden.  I know that's a stretch, but that's what comes to my mind.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Pastel Plumeria

"Pastel Plumeria"
Image size 3.5" x 7.5"
I can't even remember the last time I used pastel as a medium.  I should use my pastels more often since I have collected so many over the years.  I really enjoy painting with pastels, but rarely think to use them.  Maybe doing this small study will get me motivated to break them out more often.

I used a piece of black mat board painted with pumice gel to give it the tooth necessary for a pastel painting.  In hindsight, I probably shouldn't have used a black support for a painting with white flowers.  I really fought with it to bring out the white. 

Plumerias are such great flowers.  I love the shapes of them and, of course, their fragrance.  They bring back memories of Hawaii every time I see them.  I planted about 5 cuttings a few years ago that I got from a dear friend's house.  It's nice to think of her each time I walk past them.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Tranquil Mist

"Tranquil Mist"
Image size 12" x 12"
One of the beautiful qualities of encaustic is the ability to create a mood in a painting.  I really like the soothing feeling I get when I look at this.  I see it as a landscape, but it could also be seen as an abstract.  What do you see?

Monday, October 1, 2018

Shore Sphere

"Shore Sphere"
Image size 12" Diameter

I always enjoy painting on these round handmade papers.  I love the look of the deckle edge and they are beautiful when floated and framed.

Since this paper doesn't have any sizing in it I needed to seal it so that it wouldn't be like a blotter and suck up all of my paint uncontrollably.  I also chose to adhere a piece of rice paper to the surface to add some texture.  It didn't really add as much texture as I thought it would, but it did add a little interest.  This was painted mostly in watercolor, but the paper wasn't very white so I added white acrylic for the foam and spray.

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.

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