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.


Monday, June 12, 2017


Orbit 8x8 Acrylic on deep gallery wrapped canvas  $75

This is a deep gallery wrapped canvas so the painting continues on the sides which gives it a bigger presence. The photo is slightly blurred in the top left corner.

Blessings for a great day.


Sunday, June 11, 2017


Glow  12x12 Acrylic on Canvas

Painted on the sides so that no frame is required.

When my son passed away I needed a distraction from all the things going through my mind.  These acrylic paintings have been great for that.  It's a new learning curve and I am having fun trying many new techniques.  There are many that don't work and then I try again on another canvas or panel.  Approach it in a different way and on I go.  It keeps my brain occupied and I do love my colors.

It's a beautiful day.  Have a great one.


The paintings will be varnished and ready to hang.

Saturday, June 10, 2017


Release  12x12 Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

It may not be obvious but there is a nice hint of gold acrylic paint  to bring out the colors in this  painting.  The painting goes over the edge and is painted on the sides so that no frame is required to hang..

Have a great weekend.


Friday, June 9, 2017

One Day

One Day 10X8 Acrylic on Wood Cradle Board

I have needed a distraction and the best distraction for me is color and a new art technique.  Since my solo show opening I have been enjoying playing with acrylics.  The paint goes over the sides so that no frame is required.

Blessings for a great day.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Of Life

Of Life 8x10 Encaustic on Wood Cradle

I am showing this painting both Portrait and Landscape.  I am having a hard time deciding which way it goes.  It actually works all four ways so you can change it up as you wish.

I started this one as a wood burn using carpenter's wood glue which I torched.  That usually results in a lovely mottled caramel color. I think I put the glue on too thickly which resulted in some lovely black streaks of burned wood.  This was an extra design feature I wasn't expecting and so the adventure began. From there I added some of my painted collage paper and lots of hot wax.

I am enjoying this journey.  It allows me to work very quickly in between doing other things.  The wax cools within a few minutes and so I can leave it, go do something else, come back, look at it with fresh eyes and tackle it again.  

This particular painting has many many layers with lots of texture that you can't see on the computer screen.

Blessings for an inspiring day.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

What do I do when I run out of paint for my encaustics

 What do I do when I run out of paint for encaustics?

The wax paints are beautiful, rich in color and originate in the US.  Since I live in a small Canadian town with no Art Store it is a problem in that it adds at least 30% to the price and the quantities are very small.   I am wanting to do some larger Encaustics so I thought I'd tackle a few other methods.

Here you can see some of my colored tea bags.  The paint is watercolor since acrylic doesn't mix with wax. Once I got started I found myself rummaging through my paper supply looking for ways to get more variety, texture, lines, shades. 

Here you can see that I used one paper to print pattern and line onto another.  I was also running out of my watercolor paint and you can see I was pretty determined to take advantage of what I already have on hand. The one disappointment is that with watercolor the color you put on the paper is very pale when dry in comparison to the color that you put on.  This is the reason that I quit painting with this medium.  

Another thing I have done is tried to find more pattern and ways to get marks.  The circular object is a rusty bit I found on the beach.  The pattern on the bottom left is from a stamp I bought that I believe originates from India.  There's a lot more to do with this.

It's lunchtime now so maybe I had better get dressed!  LOL!

Happy Mothers Day

I hope your day is inspiring.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Of The Wild, Encaustic on Cradle Board

Of The Wild  8X10 Encaustic on Wooden Cradle Board

Again this one started in a nice subdued manner.  I painted on watercolor paper and created some lovely patterns, etc.  Then the other personality took over.  I added collage paper, pebbles from the beach and then lots of paint.  From there the torch took over creating the motion.

I am liking this and think I should try this on a larger scale.  Need more encaustic paint to do that!

Blessings for an inspiring day.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Believe it or Not

Believe it or Not  8X10 encaustic and collage on cradle board

Believe it or Not started out as a quiet subdued gentle transition of color just like I see out my window. with the mist over the water and the clouds obscuring the island. it was working out fine but- BORING!

So then comes the large uneven splashes of color, the collage paper and texture and my butane torch takes care of the rest.  I see storms and waves crashing against the rocks like they must have done with the wild storm we had last night. This is more like life with the unexpected turmoil that hits us on occasion.

Blessings for an interesting day.


Thursday, May 11, 2017


Quiet  12x12 Encaustic on Cradle Board

I revisited this painting and added the small pebbles at the bottom.  If you look at the pebbles in the top middle area of the pebbles you will see a nice orangy red pebble.  I found it on the beach and knew exactly where it should go.  Then the search was on for more.  The ice blue wax is what holds them in place.

Blessings for a great day.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Fresh Light

Fresh Light  8x10 Encaustic on wood panel  by Bente Hansen

This painting has torn paper, sand and hot wax fused on a small wood panel.  The colors are limited without my always present quin gold.  At my last studio tour, one of my visitors pointed out that I had a color that was in almost all of my paintings.  I looked around and realized that he was right.

Here is one without that color.  I find it refreshing and an interesting exercise to try and avoid my favorite.

Blessings for a great day.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Fresh start

Fresh start 8x10 Encaustic by Bente Hansen

This one was an encaustic painting that I had worked on a lot.  I wasn't happy with where it was going so I put a lot of new hot colored wax on the board in very uneven areas.  I painted some on, dripped some on, threw on another color.  Just made a real mess.  When my tantrum was over I got the torch out and watched to see which way the colors flowed and VIOLA!  I like it now.

It reminds me of the foaming water between the rocks when we visit Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Blessings for a great day.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, Encaustic, 12x12  By Bente Hansen

This is the first one I tried placing the sand on.  The painting is one I revisited with pan pastels.  That didn't quite do it so I added the sand.  More color, more white and finally a lot of scratching.  The mood is what we see here on the Sunshine Coast a lot of the time in the winter.

The painting is done on a wood panel. Painted on the sides so it can sit on a table or hang on the wall without a frame.

Blessings for a great day.


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Through the Mist

Through the Mist 8X10 Encaustic with Paper and Sand   Bente Hansen

This painting started with watercolor straight on the wood panel.  Layers of hot wax, painted paper and bits of sand off the beach.  This was fun to do.  I am enjoying the intuitive nature of doing some hot wax again.  So much possibility.

Blessings for a great day.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Genesis, 30X24 Encaustic on Crater Board, Bente Hansen

This is actually the first of the three Encaustic Paintings I just posted.  Of course I started on a big one.  This is contrary to advice I have received over many years.  Who follows that?

I took a knife and cut little bits of colored wax and dropped the colors in.  There is also Pan pastel and graphite in there somewhere.

Blessings for a great day.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Taking Action

Taking Action, Encaustic 8X10 on Crater Board, Bente Hansen

I started this one with marked lines and a definite plan.  I should have titled it Laugh Out Loud because there are no straight lines.  These wax paintings can be buffed with a soft cloth and then they really shine.



Sunday, April 30, 2017

New Day

New Day, Encaustic 8x10 on wood crater board  8X10, Bente Hansen

Its been a long time and when getting back to my painting I wanted to play with something freeing, unstructured in that as much as I think I can control the wax and the heat I haven't mastered that yet.  What I love is that it flows and I can subtract and add at will and when the image speaks to me I stop. To me, this is creativity.

Blessings for a great day.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Tourmaline Shoreline

Tourmaline shoreline  9x9 oil on Stone paper

I am posting this after a long absence.  I am hoping to get back to normal soon and so I post this painting in anticipation of that.

This was done on Stone Paper and I used brayers to paint the whole thing.  This was an idea of my friend Dawn Emerson.  Bente - why don't you paint with a brayer?  Sure.  Why not.  This one is pretty small but I thought I would give it a whirl.

For those of you that may know Dawn or took a workshop from her when she was in Abbotsford, you may be happy to know she has written a book.  It is available for pre-order on  She has done some new videos too but I haven't heard who they will be available through.

Blessings to all for a great day.


Thursday, January 19, 2017


Beacon  22x28 Mixed Media on wood panel

Many times a painting takes on a life of its own and brings me to a memory of an impressionable time.

Its been many years since I last scuba dived.  Under water the life is mysterious, flowing and the deeper you go the less light there is.  As you float along and search through the crevices and plant life the light above is your beacon of the way home.

I believe that is the memory that this painting conjured up.

The painting is mostly oil and cold wax medium.

Blessings for a great day.


Thursday, January 5, 2017


Mystery  22x28 Mixed Media on Wood Substrate

This painting started out with many layers of acrylic, paper, gauze, tar gel, medium, etc.  You get the idea. Layer over layer and then clear gesso to allow for the oil paint.  From there I progressed to Cold Wax Medium with Oil Paint.  It sat for a long time and this time I put a transparent layer of Indian Yellow (oil) with medium to connect everything.

It has a sense of mystery. Therefore the name.

Blessings for a great day.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Unbound 20x20 Mixed Media on wood substrate  $400

This piece is done on a gallery wood substrate.  There are layers of paper and string, done mostly with Oil and Cold Wax Medium using various knives.

Blessings for an awe inspiring year.