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.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Low Clouds

"Low Clouds"
Image size 8" x 10"
Water miscible oils
I went to another oil painting workshop this past weekend and painted this with the guidance of Rick Delanty.  He is such a wonderful artist and I feel like I learned so much from him in this brief workshop.  My challenge in this painting was to portray a sense of atmosphere.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Tranquil Pond

"Tranquil Pond"
Image size 36" x 24"
Encaustics never really show as well in photos as they do in person, and that is especially true of this painting.  The colors and textures just don't come through.  

I've always loved painting koi and all of the ones I've painted have sold.  I haven't painted them for a while so here I am going back to a favorite subject.  I painted them in encaustic only once and it was a much brighter painting.  For this one, I was wanting a more relaxing, tranquil feeling and I'm happy with the result.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Onion Cluster

"Onion Cluster"
Image size 13" x 7"
The support for this painting is a previous painting that I wasn't in love with so I covered it with gesso using the edge of a scrap of matboard to create texture.  This sealed the paper which made the paint sit on the surface.  That made it very easy to lift paint which is very helpful.  I really enjoy painting this way and am not sure why I don't do it more often.  I certainly have plenty of paintings that could be covered with gesso and wouldn't be missed.  ; )

Monday, February 19, 2018


Image size 18" x 24"

As always, I'm experimenting with encaustic and compatible mediums.  This painting has encaustic, alcohol inks and some oil paint mixed in.  I was going to also use some shellac burning in this, but I'm liking the textures from the other mediums so I don't think the shellac is necessary.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Laguna Rocks

"Laguna Rocks
Image size 8" x 10"
Water Miscible Oils
I participated in a fun morning workshop in Laguna Beach last Saturday.  There were three different teachers helping students.  I worked with Rick Delanty.  I met him several years ago when he was a judge for an art show.  I have always admired his paintings and he is a wonderful teacher.  I learned a lot in the short workshop.  I wish he still taught classes, but he now spends all of his time painting.

This was the first time that I had tried water miscible oils.  In the past, I have talked with people that have tried them that didn't like them, so I was never tempted to try them.  I surely don't need another medium.  
After using them in the workshop, I think I really like them.  They act like oils, but don't have the noxious smell and they clean up with water.  I like thinning them with water since it seems more natural to me with my watercolor background.  I also like the slow drying time.  They have the blending capabilities of oil with the easy clean-up of acrylics.  It seems like the perfect medium for plein air painting, which I am wanting to try.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Rising Up

"Rising Up"
Image size 36" x 36"

I'm experimenting more with waves in encaustic.  I know I should try other subjects, but these are just so much fun to paint!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Laguna At Night

"Laguna At Night"
Image size 8" x 10"
I took a one day workshop this past weekend to learn to paint a night scene.  I think I need to practice some more, but it was very interesting and a challenge to tone down the colors, especially for me because I love bright colors so much.  I'm looking forward to trying more dusk/night paintings in the future.  Even though oil isn't my medium of choice usually, it was fun to experiment with it.

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.

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