Before the darkness

The edge of night, tense with the inevitability of change, yet ripe with possibility… Oils with beeswax over layer upon layer of encaustic, over watercolor.

Reemergence

I’m pleased to announce a new workshop sponsored by the Encaustic Art Institute: Reemergence: Gelatin monoprinting combined with encaustics and oils, in celebrationof spring (and all of the many ways we are moving out of darkness at this time). Registration and info at this link.

Painting the Edge of Day

I’m very pleased to announce that I am among the Painting with Fire faculty of 26 international encaustic artists who will be teaching virtual workshops over the course of the next year, starting on April 30, 2021. The series is offered by through the Essence of Mulranny Art School in Ireland. Participants purchase the whole course and can then access each of the sessions…

Schoharie Reservoir

I created this painting as a demonstration piece for a workshop I am offering called Wax Over Water: Creating luminous landscapes with encaustics, oils and beeswax. The distant area that gives a sense of an island in the reservoir is done in watercolors over which I applied multiple layers of encaustic medium – unpigmented, molten beeswax with damar resin. Next, I used chromatic blacks…

Painting with Fire

I’m very pleased to announce that I am among the faculty of 26 international encaustic artists who will be teaching virtual workshops over the course of the next year, starting on April 30, 2021. The series is offered by through the Essence of Mulranny Art School in Ireland. Participants purchase the whole course and can then access each of the sessions by all 26…

Forest Light

I just completed this piece, which had reached several earlier points at which it seemed complete. While there were aspects of the earlier versions that I was quite pleased with, something kept calling me back. A kind of restless feeling of non-resolution, a sense that the work was not yet mysterious enough to me. So, I returned, I scraped back, I built up new…

Announcing a Virtual Course

I’m very pleased to announce that I will be offering a virtual 2-part workshop, Wax Over Water: Creating luminous images with encaustics, oils and watercolors, via Zoom through the Museum of Encaustic Art/Encaustic Art Institute. The February 6 and 13 workshop is just about full, so we decided to offer it again in March. A flyer with detailed info about the workshop and how…

Winter Berries

I reached a turning point in this piece when I added celadon green to the sky, touches of cad yellow pale mixed with white along the horizon, and dashes of green gold to the pines at the edges between the forest and the sky. The moment that I knew this painting was done was rapturous. After working intensely, I paused. At long last, the…

Wetland at Dusk

I am humbled, thrilled, and still in a state of shock to learn that Wetland at Dusk has received this year’s  Faber Birren National Color Award for original and creative expression of color! As with much of my recent work, I started this piece with watercolors on a gessoed panel and then built layers of encaustics and oils with beeswax. My original intent was to do…

A Cloud of Seeds

I am mesmerized by the clouds of seeds that hover over fields in late summer as grasses and wildflowers go to seed while touches of summer greens remain visible. This painting started with watercolors on a cradled, gessoed panel followed by multiple layers of encaustics. The cloudy sky area was heated to a smooth surface while other areas were more lightly fused allowing deep…