Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Color blocks

 I have my latest encaustic wax painting s to show you today -  a pair of 12 by 12 inch paintings.
I started with many layers of colorful wax and then started carving squares into the different layers of color. I added some swirly lines in the deep purple layer to connect the squares.
  A funky and fun pair of paintings!!!
  Its been a tough couple weeks here - my DH's sister and her family were in a major car accident on Friday of 4th of July weekend. We lost her Hubby and she is still in ICU on the breathing machine. Both the kids are doing well physically - My Hubby and Daughter went and spent the first week with them and a bunch of the family. My kiddos are both the same ages as hubby sisters kiddos .
  Say a few prayers for them all would you please!!!!
   Take Care
P.S. these paintings should be up and ready for purchase on my Vango site in the next couple days....

Monday, July 3, 2017

To remain unconquerable

   Well I am all alone except for the pups this week. My son is back at college and my DH and DD are visiting family.....
  I finally finished this portrait of my DD that I have been working on for a show - sadly it did not get juried into the show. Considering this is really the first time I have ever done a portrait of any kind (did a watercolor painting in HS of my Grandpa but not a close up) much less with the cold wax - I think it turned out pretty well. I would love to take a portrait class sometime.....
  I used a heavy weight paper made to paint with oils and took a ton of pictures along the way - with my phone. I have found that it gives me a different perspective on the painting looking at a photo of it as I go.....
  Showing you a few of the photos I took along the way and then the framed result.
   All for today
      Take Care

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dragon Nebula

   Well the pups have taken me on my morning walk and since I don't go to work till later today, I guess I need to get a bit of house cleaning done.....
   I was lazy for the weekend and other than a bit of yard work Saturday am I mainly read( a fiction book by Mercedes Lackley - rereading actually, and more reading on a new cold wax book I got - almost 2 inches thick and tons of great stuff) and Sunday spent some time working in my studio on a portrait that I am working on of my DD in cold wax and oils.
  I haven't attempted a portrait since High school and the 2 I did then were watercolor, so its a challenge. It is looking good so far but it is taking me  a LOOONNNGG time. There is a portrait themed show at Artel in Pensacola here the first part of July so am hopeful I will get done in time!!!
   Today painting that I am showing you is encaustic wax and shellac in another painting in what I guess I can call a series of nebulas - this is #3 - Dragon Nebula for the red dragon head that I can see in the upper right side.
  I have looked at this one a month or two trying to decide if it is done or not, since I like it but it didn't really 'feel' finished. Well I cant think of anything I want to really change about it so have called it done. (I can always come back to it later - and meanwhile someone might decide to take him home).
   Well better get my butt in gear and clean and then off to work - hot as blazes here in NW Florida today!!!!! Glad I don't work outside!!!!
    Take Care

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Carnivale masks

   Showing you today a painting I finished off this last weekend in time to enter it into our local gallery's carnival themed show at ADSO - its our calender show and there are a lot of cool art pieces  to choose from!!!
  The base is encaustic and both masks were painted with wax and then shellac and a burn.
  I then added feathers and beads to the masks and secured them to the board.
  Then I added beads and gold foil pieces to the background on the encaustic.
  I finished off the sides with the purple color . It measures 24 inches wide by 12 tall.
   I am hoping to get to the gallery today but for now - the pups need a walk....
       Take Care

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Irish skys

   Another painting I finished off a couple months ago - this one has been over at Artel gallery in Pensacola for a show until last week.
  The sky was done with alcohol inks and a shellac burn covered with clear resin.
   The dolmen and ground is done in cold wax and oils.
   I really love how this one turned out - the contrast between the sky and ground is cool. The resin is so smooth and colorful and the bottom half is textured and soft colors.
   The painting is framed in a floater frame with a black inner and the outer part of the frame is silver.
     All for today - Have a great weekend everyone!!!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Blue sky elephants

  Another painting today - one that I did a couple months ago but had forgotten to get a picture of it framed  until this last weekend....
   Another elephant themed painting. This one started with an elephant stencil and wood putty and after it dried I used the torch to burn the wood putty a bit. Next I colored the background and elephant with alcohol inks, dry, a coat of amber shellac a bit of drying time and then a burn.
  I then taped off about an inch and a half near the top and added a couple layers of plain wax. The I added a narrow row of microbeads in blue and embedded them into the wax.
   I added resin to the part I had taped off section near the top. And lastly some small elephants that I did with gold colored clay from a mold.
  All for today - need to get my but off to work....
    Take Care


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Lake song...

  I haven't posted for awhile again - been a busy summer lately. My DD is home for a couple months before she goes for her military training so we have been hanging out a bit now and then - she decided to work while she was home so she does have that much free time.
  Its amazing how busy I can keep with yard work, house work, walking the dogs, the job and finding a bit of time every week to get to the studio and paint. My current project is a portrait and I haven't ever done a portrait so its a challenge....I am doing it in the cold wax and oils onto a heavy weight paper for oils.
   This painting is currently at the Artel gallery in Pensacola for their "Music to my eyes" show and it won an 'Honerable Mention' - Happy me!! I have 2 paintings in the show again - 2 in a row now and 4 shows in a row to have paintings in - very happy me!!!
   This painting was done with cold wax and oils and is 24 by 12 inches. I really didn't have much in mind when I started other than a lake scene with flowers - the tree was a last add on because that corner looked like it needed a bit more, and I liked the idea of the petals on the breeze. Then I added some 'fireflies' - little dots of light as I felt this painting had an evening feel....\
  Down in the right hand corner is a pair of eyes that I added - as in music to my eyes....but it looked too disembodied so I added a shadow that is cat shaped...
   I had stained the sides with wood stain and taped them off and so that turned out nice....
   Well better get off to work this am....
     Take Care