Nov 25, 2015

Wax on Wednesdays! Study and Create , Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly 
Cy Twombly was an American born painter that spent much of his career in Italy beginning in the late 1950s. He is known for his "graffiti like style"  , use of words and script in his works. This body of work "Poems to the Sea " was created on his honey moon in Italy in 1959. 
Consisting of 24 works on paper with a limited pallet of black, white, and blue pencil horizon line . In an interview Twombly described his process : "Its more like I am having an experience than making a picture". 
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 For this weeks study and create I used 4x4 cradled boards to allow for a thicker wax application, instead of paper .  
These "Study and Creates" are meant to hopefully inspire a closer look at these wonderful 20th century  abstract artists, and their lives, and of course as always show different approaches to encaustic  painting. They are not meant to replicate in any way. Simply to show you what my own inspiration was after studying these works, and encourage you to do the same with a work that inspires you  and see what magic can happen :)

 Supplies I used this week:
4x4 cradled birch board
encaustic medium
White encaustic paint
black encaustic paint
india ink black and indigo
graphite pencil
graphite crayon
graphite powder

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Blessings to you , and have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday if you are here in the US :)

Nov 17, 2015

Wax on Wednesdays Encaustic Painting Series Fun Graphite Transfer

Graphite is one of my all time favorite ,must have, go to, mediums . 
But, when working on a fused encaustic surface, how can it be usefully added ?
This week , an abstract trio of 4x4s on board . 
 Supplies I used this week:
Encaustic medium
oil color
india ink
graphite crayon
4x4 cradled  birch boards
natural brushes
waxed paper

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Blessings to you,

Nov 11, 2015

Wax on Wednesdays Study and Create Week 2

I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.
~Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock

This week a look at the style and work of Jackson Pollock. Pollock was a leader of the abstract expressionist movement and founder of what is referred to as "action Painting". His practices all together revolutionized modern art. 
"Autumn Rhythm"  Jackson Pollock 1950

In order to study his work you must also take note of his physical painting style, actions, and use of tools. Much like we do today especially in encaustic art, and intuitive painting, we grab for unusual  and out of the ordinary  tools that will make interesting marks , and take note of how those marks make us feel as we are painting. 
Number 8 Jackson Pollock

~Jackson Pollock

Pollock used dried up stiff paint brushes , sticks, trowels, and turkey basters. But what I find truly  challenging for myself is his revolutionary application of the paint ,where  there is a pure lack of contact between the artist and the canvas. This disconnect between the painting tool and the surface are what I felt truly unique throughout this painting study process. 
"Reflection of the Big Dipper" Jackson Pollock 1948

The other unique element is the constant movement around the canvas as it was on the floor. Movement of the body , the arm , wrist , feet, all wholly connected and involved in the painting process. The use of the entire artist's body to achieve a painting. 

Keeping all of this in mind and using it in the inspiration for this weeks encaustic painting. 

Wax on Wednesdays are usually small study works , but Pollock was also famous for going BIG, 
so I felt compelled to do this weeks Wax onWednesdays on a 24x24 birch wood panel , the largest I have done here for  Wax on Wednesdays (and the largest that will fit on screen:). 

Supplies I used this week are:
R and F encaustic medium
24x24 birch board
 brushes some stiff


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Painting is self-discovery. 
Every good artist paints what he is.
~Jackson Pollock

Happy Creating! 

Nov 4, 2015

Wax on Wednesdays! A Study and Create

Welcome to Wax on Wednesdays!
This whole month of November will focus 
on an abstract work each week ,from artists that helped shape 
and form the modern abstract movement in the 20th century .

I am choosing a painting from each of these artists as an inspirational piece.
It may not be their most noted works, but yet are the ones that have
spoken to me and my creative spirit at that time. 

Willem De Kooning Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Rouse Point 1963
oil on canvas 80x70
 Very Brief Bio
Perhaps one  of the most noted abstract expressionist painters of the 20th century was Dutch born Willem De Kooning (1904-1997) . 
He is  most famous for his figurative Woman series., and his deconstructed images of the female form. 
 His expressionistic work has been referred to as "action painting" . 
"Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Rouse Point" ,
is one of his  landscapes inspired by one of De Kooning's favorite places on Long Island where he liked to ride his bike daily. 

 For this weeks Wax on Wednesdays! I did 3 pieces. In the first piece 
De Kooning's composition is Very loosely followed , just to purely gain a feeling for the action of the strokes, flow, use of color , and overall composition of the original piece ( using encaustic of course :)

The other 2 pieces pictured below, are translations of how Dekooning's original  piece makes me feel and what it inspired. 

 Supplies Used this week:
oil paint
R and F encuastic medium
birch cradle boards 6x6 and 4x4

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If you would like to know more about Willem De Kooning there are lots of beautifully done  books on his works and life including 

De Kooning: A Retrospective  2011

Oct 28, 2015

Wax on Wednesdays ! Intuitive Encaustic Painting Process

 This week Wax on Wednesdays is devoted to painting using intuition.
Webster's Dictionary defines "Intuitive" :

 having the ability to know or understand things without any proof or evidence : having or characterized by intuition
: based on or agreeing with what is known or understood without any proof or evidence : known or understood by intuition
: agreeing with what seems naturally right

How does that transfer to painting? 
Consider these possibilities: 
No Limits, Endless Possibilities, Endless exploration

Freeing yourself to explore,  and seeing what will happen.

Focusing on the" journey" of where the painting 
is taking you, and not on a pre set  destination.

Trusting yourself and following your creative soul.

If you are already an encaustic painter or have worked with encaustic , 
you have already experienced
this to some degree no matter what style you are in, 
do to the nature of encaustic itself.
My mad scientist mind loves
 the manipulation of media , color , texture , and
 constantly asking the question. What if ……..

The other wonderful thing about intuitive painting is that it does
 not have a "look" or a "style" or a "rule".
  No one is saying you can, 
or cannot, have a figure, shape , color scheme , involved.
It is all you. 
It is painting what your soul tells you to paint.

some encaustic paints made in the studio. 

Supplies used this week are:
Plain copy paper
steel plate
hot plate
oil paint sticks
encaustic medium ( R and f)
oil pastels
india ink
graphite crayon
encaustic paints (handmade)
heat gun
"Yes" glue ( mounting)
birch cradled boards
brayer (mounting) 
water colors

These began as mono prints on an anodized aluminum plate set on the hot plate. 
From there their journey continued with watercolors, inks, oil sticks, oil pastels ,graphite , more texture ,  contrasting colors, and mounting .  

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Blessings , and happy creating !

Oct 24, 2015

Giveaway Winner !

A mess of beautiful color!

Some larger works! Just a tiny bit bigger at 24x24 , but I am so excited to finally have the space 
to go big ! 
These are some in progress works. Right now 
I am just enjoying the layers and seeing where they go. 

Ok, the super exciting part , is the giveaway winner of course !!!!

And the winner is …….
Deanna Mears
YAY !!!! 
Congratulations Deanna!
And, thank you for everyone that entered both on the type form and here on the blog . 

The Art Jewelry Adventure Retreat opens for registration tomorrow Sunday Oct 25.
You can see all about the retreat, and register for the year long event here:
You can read all about the other 18 teachers and see their beautiful projects 


Oct 21, 2015

All New Wax on Wednesdays ! Color Play

Happy Wednesday to you !
All new Wax on Wednesdays! video up for you today , YAY!

This week the focus is on color play . 
Sometimes the first colors we put down on our pallet don't work out as well as we thought.
But, it's just a starting point . A place to begin.
 Change it ! Lighten , darken, change hue all together until it speaks to you. 

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Supplies I used this week are:
Birch cradled boards
R and F Encaustic medium
pigments , Rand F , Shiva, and Windsor Newton Oil Paint Sticks
India Ink Black
natural bristle brushes
heat gun

Art Jewelry Adventure online retreat will open for registration on Sunday October 25 !
You can still enter the giveaway for one free spot in the retreat. I will be announcing the winner on Saturday Oct. 24.
Click on photo above for more info about the retreat.
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Have a great Day ,
and Happy Creating!
Blessings to you,