April 27, 2011

The Peacemaker

Another day of painting! Life is good and sweet for sure. I painted this piece, or should I say "peace" on a some handmade  watercolor paper with acrylics,ink,and colored pencils. It measures about 5" x 7" and may a donation for a fundraiser. Take flight and enjoy your day!  

April 26, 2011

Miniature Masterpieces!

Check out my new and vibrant "Miniature Masterpieces" in my Etsy store! They are adorable, framed under glass and ready for display or gifting. Shipping is included in the price too.  I created these from watercolors, ink, and colored pencils. Some even have some interesting collaged accents in the background. It is pure joy to sit and paint these.

April 21, 2011

Bird Boy

Another new painting! The texture of this piece is very dense and bumpy up close. I have used acrylics and ink with a lot of gel medium to achieve a translucent feeling. It is painted on a piece of unusual handmade paper that has an uneven deckle all around. I wanted to paint a face and this character showed up.......with his pet bird. You never know who is going to show up around here!

April 18, 2011

King of Spring

I just finished this sweet little painting last night. It is created on a piece of handmade paper with acrylics, ink and some acrylic gel medium. Creating texture in my work is something I am working on and I am having fun carving and scraping details  into the surface. With thoughts of Spring, this piece seemed like a natural entrance into the season.

April 10, 2011

Sweet Home........Chico.

Yesterday, I participated in a boutique show in Chico, CA. Chico was my home for twenty years and holds a special place in my heart. The town was in full bloom with bright green trees and the light scent of jasmine wafting in the background. It was wonderful to see some old friends, albeit briefly, and receive  an unexpected phone call from a long time friend (wow!) and enjoy the warm welcoming atmosphere of the place I called "home" for so many years.

The show was fun and swift as I watched a lot of my small works of art find new homes. This colorful floral encaustic painting went home to a collector of many of my mini works! I am excited to see my new paintings being positively received. I suppose no matter how long I have been at this, I still love the validation of people appreciating my art. It really touches me on a deep level and makes me feel more connected to this human experience.

April 3, 2011

Waxy Buildup & A New Painting!

I finished this fun little 3" x 3" piece yesterday. I finally am feeling like I have a handle (or brush) with the encaustic paints. I made my own colors with dry pigments, beeswax, and damar resin. I like the results and mostly the texture that is emerging. To really get depth with this technique, you have to build up layers of the encaustic paint. With more practice I hope to create larger pieces.