Busy Busy Bee

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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)

And In Between ~ Figures

 

 

 

Among the Poppies ~ Private Collection France
Among the Poppies ~
Private Collection France

 

 

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Then Again ~ Acrylic on Canvas 12×24

 

Lean On Me ~Acrylic Private Collection Iowa
Lean On Me ~Acrylic Private Collection Iowa

 

…and in between all the fun with wax is the fun with my old stand by, acrylic …where it all began… It still teaches me so much which I can then transfer to wax. Happy painting!

Experimentations

Dreaming Blue - Encaustic On Cradled Wood 16x16x2
Dreaming Blue – Encaustic On Cradled Wood 16x16x2
Pluie 12x16 Encaustic on cradled panel
Pluie 12×16 Encaustic on cradled panel

Playing around with all the different things that can be done with the wax. Scraping, layering,scraping, glazing, and did I say Scraping? Letting it develop in it’s own way in it’s own time.  Next step…Going BIG 🙂

Busy Busy Bee

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Quiet Harmony
Encaustic Mixed media on Cradled wood
18x18x2
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Timeless (UK)
12x16x1.5
Acrylic
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Always Dreaming (UK)
12x16x1.5
Acrylic
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So Much (private collection)
12x16x1.5
Acrylic
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Acrylic
12x16x1.5
Private Collection Australia
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Still (NY)
Oil on Canvas 12×12
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She Loved
Oil 8×10
Private collection Singapore
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Far and Away (Private collection TX)
Encaustic on board 12×12

Been a busy busy bee in the studio during the little one’s nap time….wax, oil, acrylic … figures, landscapes and abstracts… all inspiring me in 2014!