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!

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