Monday, April 23, 2018

Dawn

"Dawn"
Image size 12" x 12"
Encaustic
I was trying for an ethereal feeling in this painting.  I love these muted, soft colors even though I usually am attracted to bright colors.  These are very soothing and I like that.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Chile

"Chile"
Image size 36" x 43"
Encaustic

I finally finished the large encaustic that I've been working on for over a month.  This is the most difficult encaustic that I've painted so far.  I had trouble keeping the distinct edges of the railings each time I fused a layer of wax.  The wax on either side of the railings would also become molten and move, destroying my edges.  I did a lot of cursing on this one, that's for sure, but I'm happy with the finished painting.

This was a commission painted from my client's photo.  He was recently on a trip to Chile and snapped the reference photo on his iphone.  I love the photo and was really excited to try to capture the feeling of light hitting that back area on the path.  The right lower corner of this painting is darker than it appears in this photo because there is light coming in through a window on that side.  Since encaustic paintings are shiny it is really hard to get an accurate photo of them.  

Monday, April 9, 2018

Gravity

"Gravity"
Image size 5" x 7"
Encaustic, shellac burn
I'm still working on that large encaustic so this week's painting is another small study.  I could probably call the large encaustic finished - my friends that have seen it say it's done, but it is a commission and I want it to be perfect.  I will definitely finish it this week.  I'm just noodling the details at this point.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Fishies

"Fishies"
Image size 6" diameter
Watercolor
I've been working on a large encaustic, so I just painted a small study for this week's painting.  I've had this handmade piece of watercolor paper for several years and thought it would be fun to use as a support.  I didn't test it, but I am pretty sure that it doesn't have any sizing, so I put a coat of fiber paste on it to give it an interesting texture and to seal it.   The fiber paste that I used is an acrylic medium made by Golden Paint Company.  I'm a big fan of that company's products and they have a wonderful website full of information.  They have a series of videos on their site and they also employ artists that demonstrate their products around the country.  Along with their acrylic paints and mediums, they also make Qor watercolors (which I love) and oil paints (which I've never tried). 

This is a very cool thing on their website.  It's a virtual paint mixing guide.  You can click on colors, add varying amounts and see what the mixture will look like.  

I know it sounds like work for Golden, but I am just really impressed by their products and how supportive they are.



Monday, March 26, 2018

New Zealand Road

"New Zealand Road"
Image size 8" x 10"
Oil
I painted this from a photo taken by my daughter when she was traveling in New Zealand.  I love the colors in the sky and painted this in oil so that I could do a lot of blending.  I'm ready to get back to encaustics and watercolor.  Oils can be fun, but that isn't my favorite medium to use.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Moonscape

"Moonscape"
Image size 6" x 8"
Oil

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"
Encaustic/Oil
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"
Watercolor
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

Currents


"Currents"
Image size 18" x 24"
Encaustic/Ink/Oil

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.



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