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 some underlying colors in oil and a finishing layer of oil and encaustic. 

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