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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Another Encaustic

"From Above"  Encaustic
Encaustic painting has opened a new world for me.  It is very freeing, and I absolutely love experimenting with various ways of applying the wax, and maneuvering it around the surface to create interesting patterns.  This is one of my favorites because of the light, happy feel and, the vibrant colors, and of course, the textures.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Festival of the Arts

"Also On Display"  Pastel

"Allardale Too!"  Pastel
The 12th Annual Festival of the Arts at The Bath Church is underway from January 27 through February 27, 2011.  This exciting exhibit showcases artwork in a wide range of mediums and has work displayed by some of the areas finest artists.

Excitement was high at last evening's opening reception and, despite the snow that moved in shortly after we arrived, this get together drew a huge crowd of folks very eager to see this years exhibit (and nibble on all the goodies provided for the guests).

Bath Church creates a very friendly, warm environment and the setting is fabulous, with great light and lots of space to hold this very large show.  If you happen to be in the Bath area, stop in and take a look.  It is a great exhibit.  Displayed above are the two paintings I have in the show.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Just Having Fun

"Pickup Sticks"  Watercolor
Can you tell I enjoyed doing this painting?  At an outdoor Fred Graff  watercolor workshop in Medina a couple of years ago, I found this large barrel with very long pieces of wood stuck in at various angles and I decided to just have some fun with it.  When I first completed it, I thought of calling it "French Fries" for obvious reasons, but decided on "Pickup Sticks" because I felt that better conveyed the sense of playfulness I felt while painting it.  If you wish to challenge yourself and push the envelope, I highly recommend Fred's workshops.  They are always fun, stimulating, and extremely well presented.  Oh, and did I mention exhausting?  But, so very worth it.  To check out Fred's paintings and his workshop schedule click here.

Friday, January 14, 2011

A contradiction in terms...

"Subdued Spontaneity"  Encaustic
If you are looking for a jump-start for encaustic painting, I highly recommend "The Encaustic Art Project Book" by Michael Bossom, and "Encaustic Workshop" by Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch.  The above painting was headed for the dumpster until I gained inspiration from these books.  I just love the texture.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Developing creativity, struggling, and having fun

Recently, I got together with a group of friends to do a little creativity project.  Prior to meeting, we each cut up old paintings that we deemed beyond salvation.  After laying the pieces all out on a table, each of us chose any three pieces we wanted to work from and we each designed an abstract painting from those pieces.  The only requirement was that we use something from each of the three pieces we chose, be it color, parts of the design, or whatever.  It was great fun and really got me playing with different ideas, but it is much more difficult than it sounds.  I have been working on this in little patches of time over the past week and am still far from finished.  I'm sharing what I have come up with so far.
Untitled  Watercolor

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Ta-Da...Introducing my new studio!

Can you tell I'm excited?  This past Tuesday my new studio had it's official initiation when I had two of my closest artist friends here to paint and nibble on goodies.  My studio is very functional and, therefore, suits me quite well.  I am absolutely thrilled to have this special space in which to create and am delighted to share these photos with you!
Coming down the stairs...Careful, watch-dog on duty!  Conversation area in fore, matting and framing area in upper right.
View from the bottom of the stairs.  Let sleeping dogs lie.  Note storage shelves.  Yaaay!
Painting and drawing area viewed from near the stairs.
And, viewed from the matting and framing areas.
Computer and conversation areas.
Computer and conversation areas.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A change of pace

With all of the winter weather, and pictures of snowy landscapes, I thought I would change the past just a bit today and post one of my encaustics.  They are always fun to do and they lift my spirits.  I hope this one does the same for you.

"Feathers"  Encaustic