Reworking Encaustic

On a personal note: I had cataract surgery on my left eye almost two weeks ago.  Wow! what a difference it makes to my vision, to how I see colors, and to how bright everything suddenly seems.  (My right eye is scheduled later this week.)  One of the last pieces I did...

Encaustic with Pastel

I love pastels: years before I was an encaustic artist, I 'painted' with pastels.  Some companies, like Sennelier, offer sets of 500 or more colors, which include gradiated ranges in many hues; and of course you can layer them to create even more variations. I love...

Working with Rust

Getting rich darks: a nice way to get deep rich darks in your encaustic paintings is to incorporate rust.  The WIP above, part of my Anasazi collection does just that. If you live in an area in the Eastern US where they put salt on the roads you've probably seen rust...

New Studio Equipment

Buying a New Palette: I've been lusting after the large R&F 16" x 16" 'custom-made anodized aluminum palette' for at least a year.  When I first started into encaustics I bought their 12" square palette but only used it in the summer when I could open windows....

Waiting for October

Waiting for October

Well of course if you are "enjoying" the single digit temps in Central Ohio today you would certainly be waiting for any month where it might be a little warmer; but that's not why I'm waiting for October.  The Bexley Public Library has lots of wall space so the other...

Happy 2017!

Happy 2017!

This holiday I got to spend some time with my oldest grandson, Gordon, as he shared his gemstone collection with me.  We did an exercise to find stones to which I felt a connection, and then he created a charm to hang in my home. Initially targeted for my bedroom, I...

Egg Fun

Egg Fun

My son-in-law Mark is, among other things, a wood carver.  He turns beautiful bowls and plates.  At Christmas we look forward to getting something he has made and this year we were astounded at his holiday eggs.  Dawn and Mark have chickens, turkeys, and ducks and in...

Art is not enough

Art is not enough

Some days you really just want to paint but there is a lot of before and after that gets you to that place.  For example, I'm using cradled boards (birch on pine cradle - I'll upgrade the cradle next time) which are sold for painting, so first step is to mask off...

Encaustic Class

Encaustic Class

Taking a class allows me to experiment with different styles.  Take today's piece for example, currently known as 2016-12-15 :-).  This piece started off to be another "rust" piece and partway thru I found I had created an internal (in my mind) structure that was a...

Our lights are up

Our lights are up

We just got our holiday lights up last night and now the snow is coming down.  Winter is Coming.