Monday, November 13, 2017

30x40 Contemporary Oil

30x40 Contemporary Oil Painting by Bente Hansen

This painting is the result of someone sending me three separate photos of where they live.  The days in the photos were grey, cloudy and full of cloud movement.  So my brushes randomly put lots of color on the canvas and from there it was a puzzle as to how to put it together.

I can get quite lost in these paintings which is a great thing if other things in life are a challenge. I believe it is meant to help sort out the painting and the challenges at the same time.  A way of getting the order straight.  I wanted the colors there and at the same time it needed to make sense.

Today we have waves crashing and the wind sending branches and twigs onto the deck.  Seems quite fitting that it is the day I post this.

Blessings for a wonderful day.


Sunday, November 12, 2017


Outcropping 10X14x1 Oil and CWM on Cedar Plank  $150

I painted this on a dried 1" cedar plank.  In an attempt to find other substrates I visited a lumber yard specializing in dried cedar.  I bought a few planks and then prepared them with Gesso as I would with a birch cradle board.  I drilled holes in the back for the D Link so the painting can be hung or placed on an iron or wood pedestal.

The painting is oil with the final sky area being mixed with cold wax medium which gives it great depth. In a few weeks time the CWM area can be buffed for a shine.  The other area can be varnished in about 6 months time if you wish to have a shine from the painting. I have also inscribed into the oil at the early stage which you can see in the rock area.  Painted on the sides and signed in the bottom right hand corner.

Blessings for a creative and happy day.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Dappled Walk Contemporary Oil Painting by Bente Hansen

Dappled Walk 30x40 Oil Painting on gallery Wrapped Canvas

We are having an Open house at the Dancing Tree Gallery in Powell River  on Thursday from 6-9pm.

I painted this for the opening.

We have such gorgeous weather right now and when we walk the dogs in the bush the sunlight streams through the branches.  How do you even begin to paint something like that?  I started abstractly and think I got the feel for the day.

Blessings for a creative and happy day.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Gatineau Colors, Oil Painting by Bente Hansen

Gatineau Colors 14x11 Oil on Gessoboard   SOLD

I had a wonderful visit to Ottawa. Saw my niece and her 4 character cats.  We spent time driving through the Gatineaus in Quebec.  The days weren't bright but that didn't dampen our spirits.  The colors were glorious so I had to do a painting when I got home.

We get the fall colors here on the west coast but not with the same intensity as Quebec.  I was very happy for the visit and for the time of year.

There was also a display in Ottawa called Mosaic. I happened to catch it on the very last day.  The sculptures were huge. Celebrating Canada's provinces and diversity. The creativity and imagination was humbling.  That they could make such gorgeous images from plants when as artists we may have difficulty putting an image to paper was quite an eye opener.  I was very proud of this display and grateful for the timing.

Blessings for a creative and happy day.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

24x24 Oil Painting by Bente Hansen

24x24 Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, SOLD  painted on the side so that no frame is required

I had fun painting this.  Good thick paint.  Lots of palette knife work.  It came together easily. Depending on my mood, I sometimes like to almost throw the paint and see where it lands and go from there.

Its gorgeous here on the Sunshine coast.  I wish everyone a thankful weekend.

I am thankful to be alive and living in such a gorgeous place and country.

Blessings for a creative day.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Watercolor by Bente Hansen

Watercolor 6x11 on watercolor paper

In preparation for teaching an Encaustic workshop I thought I should get back to some basics.  The plan was to do some shapes which I could print on my encaustic plate and then glue to a board.  I started with some rice paper and it didn't do what I thought.  Then I grabbed  some standard watercolor paper and this happened instead.  I rather like the standby.

Hope you do too.

Happy Creating.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ocean View 6x16 Oil on 1" Cedar Plank

Ocean View 6x16 on 1" sanded cedar plank  $95

I thought I would try something new.  AGAIN.  I am constantly searching for that perfect combination.  I drilled holes in the back so that it can be hung on the wall but I really think it looks best sitting as a display on a table.

I bought some of this cedar to try using with my encaustics and started with the oils.  I never know which way I am going to go until I get to the studio.

Blessings for a great day.


Friday, August 25, 2017

A Day at the beach

A Day at the beach, acrylic mixed media 16x16  $225

Acrylic mixed media painted on wooden cradle board.  Painted on the sides so that no frame is required.

This one started as an acrylic pour.  I felt it needed more oomph and so I started looking through my cache of beach finds.  The dried up seaweed, parts of shells, beach glass and pebbles.  The gauze painted with gold acrylic was the only attachment that wasn't a beach find.

It's quite interesting when I am walking my pooch on the beach.  We are usually looking out at the beautiful scenery but there are times, at low low tide for example, when there is a twinkle in the sand or something that doesn't blend in with the rest.  This gets my attention and I end up going home with a pocket full of small flat pebbles or shells or even dried seaweed.  I also have a huge container of rusty stuff.  I think, this winter, I will be trying to stain rice paper for my encaustics with that.

We will see how this influences my work in the future.

Blessings for a great day.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Night Life, Mixed Media, Bente Hansen

Night Life Acrylic Mixed Media 8x10 on Cradle Board  $80

This painting started out as an acrylic pour.  The initial image that came to mind was an evening beach scene but I thought it was too weak.  I added pearlescent acrylic inks and some of my beach finds, including skeletons of baby crabs, shells and small pebbles.  To me this is a true water scene with all the bubbles and little images.

It is painted on the sides so that it can be hung without a frame.

Blessings for a great day.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Art Cards

 Getting ready for the studio tour this weekend.  Thought it would be a good idea to make some personalized art cards.  Last year I made book marks by dragging watercolor paper through paint that I had put in my enamel palette.  I liked some of the results so much that I kept the book marks and thought it would be fun to do some quick watercolor sketches on watercolor card stock.

Below you see some papers that I made using a baby press.  It was fun getting different results using 3 layers of rice paper.  The Akua inks are water based so I will be able to use them with my acrylic mixed media and encaustic as well.  I loved the top left hand corner one where I printed 3 layers of ink and then the final one was gold on the backside.  The jewel toned effect was fabulous.

Blessings for a great day.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Breaking Free

Breaking Free 10x18 Encaustic Mixed Media on Cedar Board $175

This painting is done on a kiln dried cedar board.  It is gessoed with encaustic gesso and there are many beach finds including the feathers plus paper and gauze.

This painting tells a story or you can create your own.

Blessings for a great day.


Monday, July 17, 2017


Outburst 12x12 Acrylic on Canvas

I started this painting differently.  This time I did the outside negative space prior to pouring the paint.  I wanted a definite contrast in both solid color and complimentary and value difference. I then poured the blues.  I was aiming for cloud formations but got wave action instead.  That's fine with me.  I am fascinated by both.  When the paint dried which took a number of days I added more dark blues by dropping down water first and then tapping acrylic paint on the water.  This way it dissipates quite nicely and blends in.  It was fun to do.

Blessings for a great day.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Beach Activity, Acrylic painting by Bente Hansen

Beach Activity 18x24 Acrylic on Wooden Cradle Board $240

Happy Summer everyone.  I hope you are enjoying the wonderful weather.

I am blessed to live by the ocean.  The change in the environment can be quite drastic from one hour to the next.  I have figured out while pouring these acrylic paintings that even if I am loving the color combinations, if the painting does not speak to me of some aspect of nature then it becomes a do over.  The painting can conjure the feeling of moving water, wind, landscape, trees.  It doesn't matter as long as there is some aspect of nature in it.

I started this painting upside down meaning for it to be a big sky type of abstract.  Then as it was drying I changed my mind and like it better this way.  I suppose you could hang it one way for a while and then the other way for a while.  I am sure they will both speak to you.

Blessings for a great day.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Holiday 12X16 Acrylic on wooden cradle Board  $150

Blessings for a great day.


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Abstracted Landscape

Abstracted Landscape  11x14 Acrylic on Canvas

I considered calling it OOPSIE.  The fly in the photo in the bottom right hand corner isn't actually stuck on the painting.  It was just there when I took the photo and I didn't see it in the lens.   I will take another photo without the fly. LOL.  Just goes to show that when we are busy we don't necessarily see what is right in front of us.

Blessings for a great day.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day 9x12 Acrylic on Canvas

It started out looking like a Maple Leaf.  The paint had another idea!  I don't mind.  It's all about the imagination.

150 years of Sovereignty and prior to that who knows how many years of beautiful country.  I am proud to be Canadian and very happy to live in this beautiful place.

Have a great weekend everyone.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Acrylic Pour

Acrylic Pour on 8X10x1 1/2 Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Painted on the sides so that no frame is required.

Life is busy around here getting ready for company, getting repairs done before the painters start and all the running around that goes with that.  Just had to do a painting and wanted to do one that felt cheerful.  My personal thoughts on that are that I want people to feel joy when they look at my Art.  Hopefully you feel it.  I was going to title it "Cheerful" but opted for the descriptor title.

You can see how I get the paint to flow down the sides.

This is quite the interesting process with the additives for the marbling.  A person can get very carried away with that but I am inclined to like solid color mixed with the textured color.  I used to throw alcohol at my Acrylics and this idea is similar to that.

Blessings for a great day and Happy Canada Day in a few days.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Floral Abstract

Floral Abstract 12x16 Acrylic on Wood Panel

I did this painting on a paper thin wood panel.  I have never seen them before.  I started with two coats of gesso and then put on a coat of Gel Medium.  I put these coats on with a sponge roller which gave a very interesting texture.  I was hoping for a really smooth surface and got the opposite.

With all of this experimenting I just have to go with the flow.  Literally!

I started by generally outlining the image in white.  I now have these fluid paints in squeeze bottles so that I can do that.  Then I started in with the colors and tilted, squirted and let the paint flow.  I wanted more control and to not waste so much paint.

I am rather liking this one.

Blessings for a great day.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tidal Change

Tidal Change 8X8 Acrylic on Yupo Paper

I tried painting on my watercolor paper with my acrylics.  For the methods I am using it really didn't work that well.  I had a few sheets of yupo so I thought I would try that.  The shiny surface actually worked quite well.  I am also experimenting with many tools.  Some of the cheapest are the best!  My favorite  is a paper clip.  Can you imagine that?  I am able to flow the paper clip under the paint and move it oh so subtly.  Where that comes in handy is if I have an edge that is too straight I can move it oh so slightly.

Blessings for a great day.


Monday, June 19, 2017


Overflow  11X14 Acrylic on Canvas

I am loving the composition on these paintings.  I go back in and add color in certain areas to accent the contrast.

Someone asked me how long it takes me to do these paintings.  This is a hard question to answer because some of them come together quickly.  Others I retry over and over and eventually they end up by the garbage can.  Right now I have a huge stack sitting by the garbage can.  At least they aren't an attractant for the bears we have in the area!

Blessings for a great day.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

River Edge Abstract

River Edge Abstract 11x14 Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas $175

This painting is me playing with many pouring techniques rather than the standard dirty pour.  I want the paintings to remain abstract with the hint of a landscape.  I see a rivers' edge.  You may see something different.

Blessings for a great day.


Saturday, June 17, 2017


Morning 8x10 Acrylic on Wooden Cradle Board

I am having a blast playing with all these cool colors and letting them show me the way.  This one changed a lot while it was drying.  There was a nice band of Nickel Azo Yellow where you see the band of red.  The density of the other colors spread out and there went my yellow.  Someone told me I was using too much of that color so maybe this is a good thing!

Happy Painting.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Happy Dance

Happy Dance 8x10 Acrylic on Cradle Board

I did a happy dance when I painted this.  I love these colors and the paint did what I wanted it to do.  When I tried the same thing later on another substrate it was not the same outcome.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do.

It will be varnished and ready to hang.

Blessings for a great day.


Thursday, June 15, 2017


 Abstract 24x30 on wooden cradle board

I present this one a couple of ways.  Its a large painting where I dragged the paint across the canvas and then poured colors over it.  Its interesting when you drag the paint the colors don't mix the same as when you take the two and mix them together on the painting or palette.  I usually like bright cheerful colors.  On this one those colors are still there but not in as high a concentration.

Blessings for a great day.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Pouring 10X8 Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

This is one of the first acrylic experiments that I did.  There were many more that I did that went into the garbage.  That's part of the learning process for me.  I sit back and try to figure out what I just learned.  I like this one and it looks good presented on any side.  I have always loved the contrast of blue flowers next to rich deep brown soil so that was how I chose the colors to start.  It grew from there.

Blessings for a great day.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Portal  8x10 Acrylic on wooden cradle board

This one reminds me of a portal into the unknown with the light saying follow me! It's a safe and happy place.

The paint goes down the sides so that it can be hung without a frame and will have attachments so that it is ready to hang.

Blessings for a great day.