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!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Laguna At Night

"Laguna At Night"
Image size 8" x 10"
I took a one day workshop this past weekend to learn to paint a night scene.  I think I need to practice some more, but it was very interesting and a challenge to tone down the colors, especially for me because I love bright colors so much.  I'm looking forward to trying more dusk/night paintings in the future.  Even though oil isn't my medium of choice usually, it was fun to experiment with it.

Monday, January 22, 2018

"Moody Waters"

"Moody Waters"
Image size 11" x 14"
Encaustic, Oil, Shellac Burn
Just playing around with different techniques this week.  I really enjoy working with these three mediums together. 

Monday, January 15, 2018


Image Size 15" x 22"

There are so many layers in this painting with varying degrees of opacity and transparency.  I would tell you what I see in this painting, but I think abstracts should be analyzed by the individual viewer.  It's fun to "find" things in a painting like this.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Cerveza Time

"Cerveza Time"
Image size 14" x 20"
This painting has been in the works for a couple of months.  Painting a portrait is very stressful for me, so I procrastinate more than usual when I'm working on one.  I've always loved this photo of my son and knew that at some point I would try painting it.  

Monday, January 1, 2018


Image size 14" x 14"
Happy New Year!!  As one of my New Year's resolutions, I am planning to finish unfinished paintings.  This one has been hanging around for about 4 years and looked very different than it does now.  I started it in acrylic and had painted the canvas red before I began the painting letting a lot of the red peek through.  I decided that I wanted it to be a softer painting so I painted over the red and switched to oil.  I haven't really painted flowers for many years so it was interesting to work on this.  I'm happy to have finished it and will be hunting through my studio to find another unfinished painting...

Monday, December 25, 2017

Winter Water

"Winter Water"
Image Size 15.5" x 15.5"

Merry Christmas.  I hope are all enjoying the day.  If you are in the areas that are having freezing temperatures I hope you are able to stay inside all cozy and warm.

I was playing around with some shellac burning in the water portion of this painting. I love painting clouds and water, so this is a perfect subject for me.  

Monday, December 18, 2017

Kelp Bed

"Kelp Bed"
Image size 12" x 24"
Encaustic and ink
I think these blues and greens are my favorite color combination.  The colors are so soothing.  I was going to do a shellac burn on this painting, but really like the texture created by the alcohol inks so for now, I'm calling it finished.

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