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Announcing. . . ARTPRIZE EIGHT

Tree In Winter










I will be at ARTPRIZE EIGHT this year.  I’m very excited to announce that my art will be on display at Cornerstone Church – Heritage Hill.

My Entry is called “Abstract and Reality in Beeswax” – here’s the description

This exhibit “Abstract and Reality in Beeswax” celebrates the contrast between two styles of painting with the same medium. Both pictures evoke feelings of seasons; summer in an abstract form and winter in a realistic form. Each are different, but each displaying God’s beauty in color and our world. We too are each different, and appreciated and loved by God.

My pictures are bigger this year – each are 2′ x 2′.

More to come over the next few months!  (ArtPrize is in September)



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.



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?


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?


fence 3 x 3

Sometimes I feel like I need to stretch a bit and experiment. I had a day like that recently.  With encaustic art, that’s easy to do. If something isn’t working, just melt it and try something new.

In life I find it important to recognize ruts and equally important to decide when to get out of one.

I felt fenced in.  After experimenting, the world opened up more. . . tee hee

Repurpose and give new life

This is a picture that I’m fond of.

It is a frame that I was given and was clearly made in the 80’s?  It had pink flowers, pink trim, and was just all pink.

I put a new picture in it and gave the matting new life with green and orange trim.  I enjoy picturing the difference from old the new in my mind. I wish I’d taken a picture before I started.

It will find a perfect home. .. until it becomes outdated again. Maybe I’ll still be around to give it another go around. 🙂

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.

Is that the same picture?


This is “Orange”, an 8 x 10″ encaustic painting.  I’ve included two pictures of the same piece to show how different a painting can look given the lighting and angles of any picture taken.

As with all paintings, I had fun with this picture by creating texture. Not only did I apply various shades with high heat to blend, I finished with texture by pressing a “swifter” pad into the hot wax and pulling away – to create the little bumps that you can see.  I also used an eyedropper to drop spots of orange as a finishing touch.


Blue Inspiration in the bigger picture


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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