Monday, September 18, 2017

Land or Sea

"Land or Sea"
Image size 6" x 5.5"

Abstracts are fun because they can be interpreted in so many ways.  At first, I saw a crazy, turbulent wave, but I was walking past this painting a couple of days ago and it clearly looked like snow covered mountains.  

What do you think?

Monday, September 11, 2017

Storm's Coming

"Storm's Coming"
Image Size 6" x 6"

My heart goes out to my fellow Americans that are dealing with these hurricanes that have been battering our country.  

Monday, September 4, 2017

Light Rays

"Light Rays"
Image size 8" x 4"
I painted this small study intending to paint a larger version soon.  I love these colors and textures.  This is a combination of encaustic, alcohol inks and a small amount of pan pastel and oil paint.

Monday, August 28, 2017


Image size 9" x 12"

This week's painting is another acrylic pour.  I really like the feeling of texture that this has even though the paint is flat.  I think there must be a bunch of scuba divers just below this image causing all of the bubbles in the water.

Monday, August 21, 2017


Image size 6" x 6"

Although I wasn't  motivated to look at the eclipse today, I felt like I needed to acknowledge it in my weekly painting.  I did a layer of clear medium followed by a layer of white encaustic and inscribed the circles.  Then, I added raw umber oil paint to the circles and background. I wiped most of it off of the flat surface, added turquoise wax and some burnt sienna oil paint.  I like how the white wax came through when I fused it.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Moody Mist

"Moody Mist"
Image size 24" x 48"

This painting started out much brighter, but as I added layers, I found that I preferred the less distinct, softer colors.  There are probably 10 layers of wax and oil paint on some areas and at least 5-7 layers  on the majority of it.  

Monday, August 7, 2017


Image size 24" x 24"

This painting has much darker colors than I usually use, but as I was painting it, it seemed to need some punch.  I added oil paint and some shellac burning  to this as well as many layers and I like how the colors from previous layers are visible upon close inspection.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Sandy Shore

"Sandy Shore"
Image size 6.5" x 5.5"

I did this small study as an acrylic poured painting with no idea of what it would become.  It is obviously abstracted, but I saw water running over sand on the shore.  I added a little bit of white to give it the feeling of the foam at the edge of the water.  This would be fun as a large painting.  These small studies are great for giving ideas for more involved paintings.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Cloudy Calm

"Cloudy Calm"
Image size 54" x 13"

I really love the end result for this painting.  I've always liked skyscapes and the size of this one is really fun!  This photo doesn't show all of the layers that can be seen in person.  I think this is one of my favorite encaustics so far.  

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sweet Beverly

"Sweet Beverly"
Image size 15" x 12"
I've painted 3 different views of my friend Beverly wearing this fun red hat.  I haven't been totally happy with any of them, so you'll probably see another one sometime in the future.  I'm determined to get a really special painting out of these reference photos.

I want to paint more portraits so that I feel more comfortable with them.  I should probably pick a more forgiving medium so that I don't tighten up worrying about making a mistake that might not be fixable.

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