Day 30 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

This painting began with several layers of encaustic medium, fused between with the heat gun. I used oil sticks to get the vibrant colors, fusing while the oil was still wet enough to move around the composition. I used the letter set to place the text, and metal stamps for the crown likeness. These were all filled with oil stick, then the excess was wiped away.

This is my little "me too" painting. Thanks for visiting!


Day 20 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

This piece started with 9-10 layers of encaustic medium, fused between layers with the heat gun. I wanted to create this 3-dimensional thread grid, and I wanted the threads to appear to float above the medium. Each layer of threads was coated with 2 more layers of medium (fused in between :) ) to create a transparent appearance. This piece was actually made last week, as a back-up in case I missed a day in the studio. Today was a full-day teaching gig so I'm posting this piece now.

I like the simplicity, the colors, and the creamy-ness of the wax. I think it works nicely with the button piece from Day 9. Thanks for visiting!



Day 18 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

Today is a beautiful, sunny 68 degree day with a whisper of spring in the air. So this painting is of the summer to come. The materials used are a combination of pigmented wax and oil stick, with a bit of alcohol ink. It began as a summer scene in the foothills and I added the snowy mountains in the background as a reminder that winter is still here. I built up several layers of pigmented wax so there is an abundance of texture in the piece.

I enjoyed making this painting and I learned some practical lessons about perspective and scale in the process. Thanks for visiting!


Day 17 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

Continuing to work on controlling the alcohol inks. This is a little painting of a Colorado winter scene. I started with a gesso ground and added 6 layers of wax medium. I added white over the white background, using an oil stick. The trees, fences and sheds are incised with a pin tool and then filled in with alcohol ink. The excess was wiped away, leaving traces here and there for texture and depth. Oil stick created the dim sun shining through the winter sky.

I like the effect of the ink, and finally felt as if I have some control over the process. But much more practice is needed... Thanks for visiting!


Day 16 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

This was a fun little collage that started as something quite different. I wanted to create a snowscape and started with a white-on-white landscape on top of 2 layers of wax medium over an encaustic gesso ground. When I incised the trees to add thin branches to the snow-covered leaves I realized I was starting with to shallow a wax base, and the ink spread out. I went with it and created an abstract collage, adding bits and pieces from old works. I encased each element into its own wax layer to add depth and then dripped some of that beautiful alcohol ink onto the top layer. Finally I added a tiny rusted pipe fitting, dead center. 

I like the abstract piece and the colors, and the rust works well with all of the materials. Now, revisiting the piece, I think I'll add some wire elements, threaded through the little pipe, so it may not be finished yet. Thanks for visiting!

Abstract Collage

Day 14 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

This painting began with 4 coats of wax medium over a ground of encaustic gesso. The white background was painted over with titanium white wax pigment on a cool surface to create texture. The red oil stick was applied and rubbed into the textured surface. The heart shapes were incised with a pin tool, and oil stick was also rubbed into the channels. Finally I added the text using metal letter press punches.

This was a quick, fun little piece. Happy Valentine's Day, and thanks for visiting!

"Be Mine"