Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Beeswax and Bees

I took my encaustic paints to Palm Springs this year instead of my acrylics.  I set up outdoors as I always do, and everything went fine for about a week.  After that I noticed a bee that kept swooping around me.  It didn't concern me because I didn't bother it and it didn't bother me.  Unfortunately that scout bee told all his friends that he had found a feast.  In a few days I was surrounded by bees and they were feeding off my paintings, my table, my equipment, because I have encaustic all over everything I use.  They were even attempting to feed on the griddle and the tins of paint on the griddle.  I would find little bee bodies in my paint.  Obviously, I was not going to be able to continue painting outdoors.  It had never occurred to me that this would happen.  I painted outdoors in Palm Springs in October, and there was not a problem.  I don't know anything about bees, but perhaps they were dormant then.  Or, they didn't have as good a scout as this group of bees did.  What do you call a group of bees?  I spent three weeks in the desert without being able to paint, which was really hard.  I couldn't paint inside because there just wasn't a good place to do it.  The encaustics will not be visiting the desert again.  Below is my table top with one of my pesky visitors chowing down.

Monday, February 3, 2014

How Long??????

I cannot believe how long it has been since I last posted here.  Time seems to just disappear.  I continue to work mostly in encaustic.  I have been experimenting with putting encaustic on acrylic paintings, which you are not supposed to be able to do.  It does seem to be working.  Below is one of these experiments.

I have also managed to get a few abstract acrylic pieces done over the last couple of months.  If it were not for my painting group once a month, I probably would not be getting these acrylic paintings done.  Everytime they come, I have to clean up my encaustic area so that there is room for everyone to paint.  There are seven of us if everyone makes it, and my studio is not that large.  Once the encaustic materials are put away I manage to get a few acrylics done.  You will find one of the most recent below.  Unfortunately it does not photograph very well.  It has a very glossy medium over it that looks great, but doesn't show well in the image.

Friday, November 29, 2013


Sales have been few and far between this year.  This is partly because I am just not doing a very good job of getting my art out there.  Every year I seem to drop some show that I have done for years.  Most recently, I stopped showing my work at the Kirkland Art Center Store because I hadn't sold anything there for so long.  I also did not participate in the Kirkland Studio Tour this year.  So, you can see the trend, and the result is fewer sales.  So, I wanted to share that I am selling in one place, ARTspot in Edmonds.  During the past week they sold two paintings, including the one below.  Thank you ARTspot.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

New Acrylic Paintings

At last I have finished some new acrylic paintings.  When the painting group that meets at my house came last week, I put away my encaustic supplies and tools.  As I indicated in my last post, I decided to leave them put away until I painted a few acrylic paintings.  Below are two of the paintings that I completed.   They are both painted on boards that already had at least one painting on them, so they had great texture to work with.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Perhaps New Acrylics?

I had to clean up my studio and put away my encaustic supplies so that there will be room in my studio for my monthly painting group.  I can't work on my encaustic painting when the group is here, so I will be working on acrylic painting.  I am going to try to take this opportunity to get started on some new acrylic paintings.  My plan is to not get out the encaustic supplies until I have completed a few acrylics.  I have not been able to tear myself away from the encaustics for the last three months, and I do not want to give up the acrylics completely.  So, we shall see what happens next.

I don't have any new acrylics to post, so I will post the last one I completed.  What should I name it?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Continuing Saga of Encaustic Painting

No matter how I try, I have let another month go by without writing.  I guess I am just too busy painting!  Mostly I am still trying to learn to paint with encaustic.  It is a steep learning curve for me, and I need to try some new techniques.  I am wearing out the techniques that I have more or less mastered.

This one is 6x6 and is simply a piece of paper that I made and encaustic medium.  I should make some more of this paper, as I really like it.

This is one of my favorites though it is very simple.  It is 5x7 and is an encaustic monoprint.  I need to do some more of these, as this was my only successful one!

This was a monoprint that I adhered to a board and then added more encaustic over it.  I did a couple of these, but it was a difficult technique to complete successfully.  I kept tearing the paper.  I like the look though, so will keep at it.

That's it for now.  I hope I will be back with something new to show you in less than a month the next time.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Edmonds Art Studio Tour 2013

The Eighth Annual Edmonds Art Studio Tour is this weekend.  I can hardly believe that we started this so long ago.  Nor can I believe that it is this weekend.  I have just barely managed to get ready in time, and I am usually very good about doing a little at a time over a few weeks.  Not this year.

This year I will be showing my long legged people, abstract landscapes and encaustics.  A few of the paintings you will see if you come this weekend are below.  I also have a few encaustic cubes that have resulted from all of my recent experimenting with encaustic painting.