Thursday, May 28, 2015

Encaustic Sculpture

I have always wanted to do encaustic figurative sculpture, and I have finally started working on some.  I probably should not post these images, because if I proceed how I have in the past, I will never finish them.  I have gotten further this time than I ever have though.  This first image is paper clay, a lampshade, a cardboard tube and a net skirt from a doll.  It is ready for encaustic now.


The next figure is composed of paper clay, a cage of wood strips like you make for a Santos doll, and plaster cloth.  I am not sure where it is going next.  I am thinking of trying window screen to make a skirt.

The last figure started with a wooden figure that you use to pose differently to practice drawing.  I should have taken a picture of it first.  It is wrapped in many layers of plaster cloth and is not yet ready for encaustic.  As with my paintings, I do not really have a plan, and I just have to figure out what the next step will be.  I think it is easier to be an intuitive artist when painting than it is for this kind of work.  I fear I should have had a plan!  I will post new images as the project develops.

The Fruit Continues

Once I got started painting fruit, I just continued.  Now I have a large collection of fruit paintings that I need to do something with.  Fortunately Local Color, across from Pike Place Market, had an opening for August/September.  Now that I have a venue, I don't have to worry about what I am going to do with all these paintings.  The problem is that I paint the fruit paintings really fast so I end up with a lot of them. They are all small, 8x8, 10x10, 8x10, so I think I will paint some larger ones now.



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pears! Pears! Pears!

Several years ago I painted hundreds of pears and other fruit.  It was a lot of fun until it wasn't anymore.  The other day I was looking at these paintings I had started and never finished.  They were interesting backgrounds so I painted a pear on one, and it was fun, so I painted more.  Now I have a dozen new pear paintings and I enjoyed it!  So, here are a few of them.









Thursday, April 30, 2015

New Encaustics

I am back into painting with encaustic lately.  It seems that I go in streaks painting with acrylic, mixed media and then encaustic.  It is currently encaustic.  I will post some below.  I do not usually paint with such bright colors when using encaustic, but I did a couple last week.



I also did a few in the more muted colors that I usually use.  I don't really know why I paint with bright colors when using acrylics and muted colors when I use encaustics.  It just seems like the right thing to do. As an intuitive painter, I often cannot explain why I do what I do, which is why I do not teach.



Friday, April 17, 2015

25 5x5 Challenge at ARTspot

I cannot believe that this is my first entry in 2015.  It is the middle of April!  I have no idea why it has been so long, except for the month of March I was in Palm Springs.  There are still two other months unaccounted for and I could have done an entry while in Palm Springs for that matter.

I participated in a 5x5 challenge at ARTspot this month.  Art Walk was this past Thursday evening, and it was a great show.  Twenty five artists participated and each did 25 5x5 paintings.  It was a very busy evening and a lot of paintings were sold.  I forgot to mention that each one was $25.  Anything of mine that does not sell will end up at the Artist's Garage Sale at the Schack Center in June.  If you don't know about that, check it out at Schack.org.  It is a great sale.  Some of my 5x5 paintings are shown below.





Friday, December 26, 2014

Last Post for 2014

I feel I need to do a last post for 2014 even though I do not have anything particular to say.  The only news is that the 30 Day Art Challenge was very interesting, even though I did not sell as many pieces as I had hoped.  There were 3200 8x10 paintings in one room.  The room was so crowded with visitors that it was very hard to see the paintings, but it was a lot of fun.  I sold seven of my thirty paintings, so there are going to be a lot of 8x10 paintings in the Artist's Garage Sale in June.  That is my favorite event of the year.

The next show I have coming up will be Local Color in February and March.  Local Color is located across the street from the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.  I will be showing figurative pieces this time.

I am posting a couple of new paintings below.  This first one is encaustic mixed media and the second one is acrylic.



Monday, November 17, 2014

30 Day Art Challenge

I have finished all 30 paintings for the 30 Day Art Challenge, and what I lot of fun I had.  I used several different mediums, styles and subjects, which I would not do in my normal painting day.  In other words, I played even more than usual.  I also discovered a new series that I am working on now as a result of this exercise.  I highly recommend this sort of activity to any artist.  Below are a few of the paintings that I did.  If you want to attend art walk in Pioneer Square for this event on Dec. 4, check out www.30dayartchallenge.com.  There will be thousands of 8x10 paintings all priced at $50.