Tuesday, August 19, 2014

In the Works

I have just returned from a two week cruise to Greece and Turkey.  We were supposed to go to Israel, but you can imagine why that did not happen.  I am now frantically trying to get ready for the Edmonds Art Studio Tour, which is September 20 & 21st.  More about the tour later.  I want to get a few small acrylic pieces done for the tour, as I have mostly been painting with encaustic for the last year.  There just does not seem to be any time to paint lately as other things seem to keep taking precedence.

The painting group that meets monthly at my house is today, so hopefully I will get a lot of painting done over the next few hours.  This group has been meeting for at least five years, with a few changes, and it is a high point of my month.  Edmonds artists Tracy Felix, Lynn Scott, Mona Smiley Fairbanks, Angela Bandurka, Nancy Thompson and Donna Wallace from Redmond are the group members and it is a truly talented group.

I'll be back with some new acrylic paintings in a few days!

Here is a nice shot of some of the ruins at Aspendos in Turkey.  This is just one of many lovely sights I saw during the cruise.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Gelli Plates

Have those of you who are artists discovered Gelli Plates yet?  They are really a lot of fun.  There are a lot of things you can do with them, and I have only just begun.  I have four finished pieces, and they are shown below.  They are currently showing at ARTspot in Edmonds.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch's Encausticamp

Although I was not registered for Encausticamp, Trish invited me down to visit for the second year in a row.  I went on the second day of workshops and was privileged to visit the classrooms of Trish, Michelle Belto, Shari Bothwell, and Judy Wise.  I also spent some time with Tracy Felix in her ARTspot store.  The artists are delighted to have a place to shop for art supplies on site and take full advantage of it.  Michelle's class were creating fascinating three dimensional forms for encaustic that I am really interested in doing.  I think I may register for Encausticamp next year so that I can take this class, as well as some others, of course.  Shari was also creating three dimensional forms with spunbound fibers.  Fascinating!  Encausticamp offers something for everyone, and I have never seen a group of artists having so much fun.  They were not only having fun though, they were creating beautiful artwork.  Yes, I think I have to sign up next year!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Daniella Woolf Workshop

I just completed a four day Daniella Woolf workshop at Coupeville on Whidbey Island.  What a treat it was to meet her and have the opportunity to learn from her.  I haven't actually had any formal encaustic training except for a class I took 8 years ago with Trish Seggebruch.  I have mostly been teaching myself from books.  It was Daniella's book that caused me to sign up for the workshop.  I had been trying to get signed up for a workshop with her at her studio, Wax Works West, in Santa Cruz, but found out she had retired from the group, and this Coupeville class was the only class she was teaching in the U.S. in 2014.  So, I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity.  I had an awesome time with a great group of artists, including my friends Tracy Fraker and Lisa JonesMoore.  I am posting a few of the paintings I created while in the workshop.  They are mostly partial images as I have not had the pieces photographed for my website yet.  These are just pictures I took in the class.

The piece above started out as a book.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Reorganized Studio

I recently inherited an artist's worktable from my friend Tracy Felix.  She inherited it from another artist, and had for the last two years kept it in the workshop area of her new art supply store, ARTspot.  In order to make more room for students, she decided to pass it on to me.  Tracy and James were kind enough to disassemble the worktable at ARTspot, transport it to my studio and set it up!  It is a great workspace for my encaustics, but the entire studio had to be reorganized to accommodate it under the only window.  Below are images of Tracy and James assembling the worktable and of how the studio looks now. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

New Acrylic Painting

I have managed to start working on some acrylic paintings lately.  I seem to be so intrigued by encaustic that I do not work with acrylic as much as I would like.  Here is one of the new acrylics I just finished last week.  I feel another figurative series coming on.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Artist's Garage Sale

The Artist's Garage Sale at the Schack Center in Everett was a smash hit again this year.  I enjoy this show so much.  I take all of the art that I have not sold and do not want to paint over and offer it at bargain basement prices.  I would rather have my paintings go to a good home, especially to someone who cannot afford to buy at the regular prices.  Unfortunately, those that do not sell, must go to the repaint pile!  There just isn't enough room in my house to store everything I paint.  I paint more for the joy in the process than to make paintings to sell.  This year 33 paintings went to new homes with people who love them.  I couldn't be happier.  A couple of them are below.