Sunday, May 15, 2016

Beach Fodder

These are images of some of the many items that I pick up off the beach or my neighbors construction site.  They are all rich with sketching ideas or items that may end up attached to a wood cradle in a painting

The rusty bits I pick up to rust paper for collage elements.  I spray them with vinegar and water and the paper that they sits on becomes rusty.  The curved item is very old.  Its a steel spike encrusted with rocks.

This one looked like a Viking or Salish boat to me. If I oil it or torch scrape and then oil it I think it would make quite a nice element.

Even my wood working neighbor liked this one.  I have actually oiled it.  If you zoom in on it you will see the interior circle is covered in swirls.  We figured the hole was from where a branch had broken off.  it is quite large.  The size of two small fists.

These two photos are obviously bark but look at the texture of the middle one.  Any idea what kind of tree that is.  The top one being cedar.  I picked that up thinking I could pull strands from it to weave around the rocks to hold them onto the panel.  The middle one has me stumped.

This one I think of as my fashionable woman, with an attitude, lounging in the sun.

The bottom three.  The branch that looks like a great tree.  The crab part that looks like a warrior. And last but not least my dried star fish.  Tiny little thing.  Very precious.

My inspirations.

Blessings for a great day.

No dp

Friday, May 13, 2016

Rainy Day

Rainy Day Encaustic on 10x10 Wood Cradle Panel $150.

This painting is a true mixed media.  I have used watercolor paper, hot wax, glue,india ink,shellac and metallic foil.

Its very hot and dry here right now.  We could use a good rainy day!

Blessings for a great day.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Small abstract watercolor III

Small abstract watercolor 6"X9" on Rives BFK paper

I like these little studies.  They open doors to more abstract landscapes.  They could also fold up quite nicely to make gift cards.  Fun and immediate.

Wishing you a sunny day.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Small Abstract watercolor painting II

Small Abstract watercolor painting II

This is the second in a series of small paintings on Rives BFK.

Blessings for a great day.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Small abstract watercolor

Small Abstract Watercolor on Rives BFK Paper

I decided to take a break from my experiments with encaustic and do some immediate painting.  This is a new approach to watercolor. A lot of fun and idea generating.  I've done a series of brief paintings, this being the first.

Blessings for a great day.


Friday, May 6, 2016

Spring Energy

Spring Energy 12X12 Encaustic on Wood Cradle Panel

Thursday, May 5, 2016


Transformation 10X8 Encaustic (Hot Wax) on Wood Cradle Painted on the sides so that no frame is required.

This painting started out as a tree. It was then turned upside down and became a flower.  Then a landscape and now a Transformation.

Its like a metaphor for life.  If one thing doesn't work keep trying.  Come at it from a different direction.  "What if?"

Blessings for a great day.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Ice Blue

Ice Blue 12X12x1 1/2 Gallery Birch Wood Panel

If you've been reading my posts you know I am working with Wax both Hot and Cold.

The hot wax has so many things that happen to it that seemed to be a disadvantage.  I finally figured out how to turn it around.  At least I think that's what I have done here.

If you zoom in you can actually see the brush strokes below the sky.  If I had heated up the wax to the point that it was molten it would of floated any which way.  Instead I lightly fused to join the top layer to the one below and then I rubbed in the oil color to fill the gaps. I rubbed in different colors in different areas so that it is difficult to tell whether the color comes from a layer below.

This is also a larger substrate with the goal being to go larger and larger.

Blessings for a great day.