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Shades of Blue

Shades of blue 8 x 10

Sometimes when I paint, I use many colors to give a picture character. Other times, like when I painted this picture, I use one color, perhaps in several shades. Between layering, scraping, pushing or pulling the iron that I use – I ended up with a character filled picture with only one color.

At times in life I try to use too many colors – when only one will do. One activity, one accomplishment, or one quiet moment.

Cracks

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I painted this picture as a gift when I just just starting to play with encaustic painting. It seemed kind of like most other pictures that I was making at the time, until I drew some lines throughout it. The lines made it looked like it was full of cracks.  Yes, satisfaction.

Sometimes life has a lot of cracks in it.  It’s still beautiful.

Is anything really random?

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A part of encaustic painting that is unique is removal of wax adding to the overall picture. This is a picture that I did mixing red and green. I finished it by randomly scraping in s-shaped lines to expose shades below the surface.

Sometimes I find that ridding my life of things adds to the overall quality and beauty of life.  Know what I mean?

Art can be ad hoc or directed

This is a picture I made as a gift.

When I just paint, with no purpose, it can be relaxing. As the painting changes direction, I just flow with it. It never looks like the “plan.”

A gift is fun to paint. Of course, there is risk because I hope the person likes it! However, it is fun to think about the person and see where the art flows. I actually made a different picture, but it didn’t feel like the person I was painting for.  I pictures this in my mind, started over, and loved it. It felt right.

The other picture is still here, and will eventually find the right home and person. Or. . . I sometimes just melt the wax and start over.

By the way, she liked it.  Smile.

Blue Inspiration in the bigger picture

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I’m frequently asked about my encaustic painting. Why? What inspires you? Why do they all look so different from one another.

Why?  Because I find it fascinating that a nature byproduct of honey-making can contribute to such long lasting beauty. Beeswax, mixed with pigments allows me much flexibility in what I paint.

In this picture, I used varying amounts of heat with several shades of blue to create a blended, melted picture.  However, a painting is not complete until it has been framed – or sometimes not. For this picture, I chose a shadow box that allows the painting to rest in a bed of flattering black.

By the way, I’m still working on learning to photograph encaustic art to show it’s richness and depth.

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The Store is OPEN for business – Christmas ideas?

 

Picture from Recent Trade Show

Picture from Recent Trade Show

My Online shop is now stocked with:

Original encaustic art

Canvas and poster Prints of encaustic art

Calendars – both art and photography

Book Art – by Kayla Rudy (my daughter)  very cool

Books – Smiling Again as well as two other anthologies that I have chapters in.

Please stop by!   Online shop

ARTPRIZE Starts Tomorrow!! When I’ll be there…

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Expression through Beeswax

Many of you have asked when I’ll be at my exhibit, so here’s my schedule (I’ll post any changes)

Venue is above – Central Reformed Church at 10 College Avenue, NE.

NOTE: if you are voting, It starts September 23 and the first round ends October 3.

Tuesday, September 29 – 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Saturday, October 3 – 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Friday, October 9 – 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, October 10 – 12:00-2:00 and 5:00-7:00

Sunday, October 11 – 12:00-1:30 and 4:00-6:00

Please stop by anytime, but I’d love to see you when I’m there!

Please post any pictures of the display when you do stop by.

I appreciate each of you who are enjoying this part of my journey. . .

Sally