Monday, May 13, 2019


Image size 12" x 12"
I tried to give a feeling of the power of a wave in this encaustic.  

Monday, May 6, 2019

Coming Ashore

"Coming Ashore"
Image size 15" x 15"
I painted this over an old encaustic that had colors that I didn't like.  I do like seeing bits of those colors peeking through the upper layers though.  Sometimes, I think painting over an existing painting makes the new one more exciting because there are so many interesting, unrelated layers.

Monday, April 29, 2019


Image size 24" x 48"

I decided to paint a wave using acrylic this time.  I have so much acrylic paint that I have collected over the years, so I might as well use it.  I also had this large canvas in my stash of art supplies.  It feels good to use some of the supplies that I have around here.  I probably have enough to last me several lifetimes.  That just means that I need to paint a lot more.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Low Country

"Low Country"
Image Size 6" x 6"
Water miscible oils
It feels good to paint a palette knife painting again.  It's been a while since I've used that tool.  I painted the panel with bright orange/red acrylic before I painted with the oils because I wanted the bright bits of color to peek through the more subdued landscape.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Wind and Rain

"Wind and Rain"
Image size 7.5" x 7"
I painted this on a piece of Tyvek.  That is the material that some envelopes are made of that is white with a plastic feel.  I tried painting watercolor over it once and didn't like it.  It isn't absorbent at all, which is fine when I use acrylic.  I don't like using watercolor on non-absorbent surfaces as much because it is hard to layer and add darks without the previous layers lifting.  If I didn't paint using layers, it would be fine.  This Tyvek has a wonderful textural quality with wrinkles and other textures.  I would definitely try it again.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Distant Land

"Distant Land"
Image size 18" x 18"
What can I say?  Just another wave painting to celebrate the beautiful, warm weather we have been enjoying!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Golden Koi

"Golden Koi"
Image size 15" x 22"
Watercolor, collage

I'm playing around painting koi once again.  They have always been one of my favorite painting subjects.    I attached rice paper before I started painting so that there would be some interesting texture added to the painting.

Monday, March 25, 2019


6.5" x 19"

This started out as a poured acrylic painting and I saw water hitting the shore so I added a few details.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Pacific Sunset

"Pacific Sunset"
Image size 8" x 10"
Water miscible oil

This painting is from another morning workshop that I took a few weeks ago.  I worked from the teacher's photo and he was very helpful in directing me to this finished painting.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Early Morning Wave

"Early Morning Wave"
Image size 8" x 10"
Water Miscible Oils
This is a wave study that I painted in a workshop I attended this past weekend.  I like working with water miscible oils because they have very little smell, unlike traditional oils.  I'm becoming sensitive to the fumes from the oil paints and try to limit how much I use them in my studio.  I've been using them in the garage with the doors open when I feel the need to paint with them.

The water miscible oils are a pretty good substitution.  Just like regular oils, some colors are creamier and some are stickier in their consistency.  They look like oils and their workability is very close.  I've been told that they are oil paints that have been altered so that they are able to be cleaned up with water.  I don't know how they do that, but I'm glad they figured it out.  I have been thinning the colors with water when I need the paint to flow better, but apparently, that is not the best thing to do.  I need to pick up a medium to use with them.  Winsor and Newton makes several different mediums in their Artisan line to be used with water miscible oils. 

I'll let you know how that works after I've tried it. 

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