Inspired in 2017

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2017 has me brimming with new ideas and happy to be creating. My goal for the year is to be more disciplined in working in a series and to participate in more shows… engaging my work in more events off the internet and out in the real world. I Hope all of you are enjoying the beginnings of a new year 🙂

 

New Series “Quiet Places”

Steadily living my dreams in the studio these days. A quiet series of landscapes seen through the ethereal lenses we call The Veil… dreamy, atmospheric, and open to anything. Made possible by the magic of bees wax.

Busy Busy Bee

How busy I have been!!! Working large, exploring and just discovering! Stepping out of my comfort zone and putting the work out there into juried competitions, festivals, and gallery submissions. So far the results have been a mixed bag of being completely ignored and winning some awards. I’m ready to take the many losses needed for the few hard won wins!

Hitting a Groove

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I have found a happy groove working with the wax …Some pieces are on wax coated with shiny metallic pigments that add the sense of magic and otherworld-ness I look for in my work 🙂 Happy to be painting!

Halycyon Days 16.5 x 21.5 (metallic gold pigment, oil and encaustic

Blushing Ways 10x1ox1.5 (pigmented wax)

Always Believe 10x10x1.5 (pigmented wax)

Rhapsody 18x24x2 (pigmented wax)

Songbird 12x12x1.5 (metallic silver pigment, oil and encaustic)

Finding a Voice

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After a Summer and Fall of playing and experimenting with wax and the variety of mediums it is compatible with, I feel I may have finally found the vehicles to work with wax in a way honest to my creative way and artistic self. These are the results I am hoping to carry further into 2016. So happy to have this sense of direction with my encaustic practice as we close out another year 🙂

1. So Many Blessings 12 x16 (pigmented wax & Pan pastels)

2.Blessed Days 12×16 (pigmented wax and Pan Pastels)

3.Beauty Reign 27×40 (pigmented wax, cold wax and oil)

Wax in the Summer Sun

Encaustic and Pigment Cradled wood 12x12x2
Essence  ~ Encaustic and Metallic Pigment
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Summer Winds ~ Encaustic and Metallic Pigment 12x12x2
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Summer Song ~ Encaustic and Metallic PIgment 12x12x2

Back to working small as I try out new techniques. Learning as I play ~  mixing and mashing the old  with the new.  The hot California summer sun has played a role in all these pieces. Fingers crossed they translate as large as I dream them to be!

Achieving Goals

A Kind of Wonder Encaustic on Board  30x30x2
A Kind of Wonder Encaustic on cradled wood 30x30x2
"Drift"    Encaustic on cradled wood 36x36x2
“Drift” Encaustic on cradled wood 36x36x2

Dream of going big in encaustics… DONE!!  Kind of… I could always go larger 😉  Thank you yoga for the muscles to haul and heft these heavy buggers around