For the most part, I don’t hang my own paintings in my home. It’s not that I don’t like them, but I see enough of my work during the day working in my studio and I really enjoy looking at other artists’ work when I’m home. However, I recently hung an encaustic painting of mine in our New York apartment. We have this large fuse box panel smack in the middle of the dining room. I couldn’t find a painting that fit those dimensions to cover it so I create one of my own, Composed of twenty-five 6″ x 6″ individual encaustic tiles. Encaustic paint is a blend of beeswax, damar crystals and oil painted in its melted state. The fun part about encaustic is its versatility. You can carve back into it, embed paper into it, transfer images onto it and more. I used these techniques in this painting.
“Circle in Science and Nature”, encaustic paint, paper, beads, fabric, transfers, and watercolor
Closeups of a few of the tiles:
If you haven’t already heard, I sold two paintings (out of a series of three) to the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston this week. (Whoopee!). Well, as my good fortune would have it, today I sold the third painting in the series to an old friend and previous collector of my work. I’m loving the rain, no umbrella needed. =)
“Ocean Drift”, 16″ x 16″ encaustic on panel.
The Four Seasons Hotel and Resort in Houston just bought two of my encaustic paintings, “Wanderer” and “Molten”. Yippee!! A special thank you to Nancy Sweeney of Art Advisory Service who convinced them that I was the right artist for their hotel. You’re the best.
“Wanderer”, Encaustic on Panel, 15″x16″
“Molten”, Encaustic on panel, 15′ x 16″
Here are a couple more paintings I completed while at the Encaustic Immersion workshop led by Alicia Tormey. She’s a very talented artist, and very creative. She has developed some unique techniques that give her art a signature look that I’ve never seen anywhere else. Unfortunately, I promised not to reveal her secrets to the public, so you’ll just have to take her workshop to find out =). www.aliciatormey.com/workshops.htm
Actually, setting the world on fire would be a bad thing. I attended an Encaustic Immersion workshop this weekend instructed by the talented Alicia Tormey. I learned all sorts of new techniques including using a butane torch! So you can see why burning down the teacher’s studio would not be recommended.
Here’s a painting I did at the workshop. I used a kitchen sink of techniques including embedding paper, carving into and refilling with wax (intarsia), pressing objects into hot wax and coloring the imprints with oil paints, photo transfers and dripped wax.
It was a great group of women. I’m the one in the middle all in black. I highly recommend taking the workshop. It’s only two days, no art experience needed and it’s in beautiful Seattle. Click here for more info: www.aliciatormey.com/workshops.htm
P.S. If you start working with a torch, it’s a good idea to get safety shoes. Here’s a good resource: https://www.thebabbleout.com/shoes/best-kitchen-shoes/