Saturday, 31 October 2009

I just squeezed this one in too!

Sometimes I like to play with my waxes.  This time I cut some card to measure 4” x 4” to create a square.  Then taking autumnal colours and my trusty iron I created

Autumn Mandala!


Keep watching this space since once the competition is over I shall be selling all three entries in my two shops, Etsy and Artfire


Another entry for the FB art competition!

Well, I took the bull by the horns, so to speak, and created another encaustic painting for the Facebook art competition.  Someone suggested that the entries to the competition were listed to allow you to enter a virtual art gallery without leaving the comfort of your home.  How right they were!

Anyway, my second entry is entitled ‘An English Autumn’

imageGood luck to all who entered…… the talent is amazing and wonderful to see!

Judges are:
Pastel Category: ................ Marsha Hamby Savage
Watercolour& Mixed Media: ..... Soon Y Warren
Oils & Acrylics: .................. Gladys Roldan-de-Moras

Thanks so much to Nancy Medina, Jean Levert Hood and Sandy Askey-Adams  for organising this incredible event!

One last bit of super news! Stephen Doherty, Editor in Chief of ‘The American Artist’ magazine quoted that they will be announcing the winners in their publication!  Accolade indeed!! Thank you.


Thursday, 15 October 2009

I have entered an art competition!

Yes, you read it correctly! 

The First Annual Autumn Arts Painting Challenge and Competition on Facebook.

When I read the title I just couldn’t resist it!  I first had to make sure my style of art was eligible since the categories were oil, watercolour and mixed media.  I need not have worried as my encaustics fall within the mixed media criteria.  Phew!  First hurdle overcome!

OK.  The title of the competition suggests an autumnal theme.  Now to see what artists are submitting.  Oh my goodness, what talent!  And, I have committed myself to place two entries in the competition.  Much scratching of heads required to see what my trusty waxes can come up with.

After trying out a few ideas I decided on fungi (mushrooms).  I had recently been on a walk through some local woodland and discovered some amazing mushrooms growing and since they do seem to grow more in the autumn due to the dampness I decided that they could be my subject!

I really did feel very nervous because once you have browsed through the other entries you will come to realise the incredible talent from around the world.  Some of the paintings really give the impression that the viewer is actually there.  Just wonderful!

The rules are simple.  The painting has to have been completed in October and entered before 31 October.  As long as it falls in the categories I described it is free to enter.

Anyway, you will be curious to see my first offering?  Here it is!  Woodland always has such a diverse amount of foliage, fungi offering a bountiful supply for the artist to enjoy and try to replicate.

‘Autumn Fungi’

image Once the competition is over I will be offering this painting for sale but in the meantime just enjoy the view!


Wednesday, 7 October 2009

A refreshed banner

I am always seeking new ideas in all I do.  Now I have turned my attention to my shop on where you can find not only my encaustic art but also beautifully handcrafted items.  The holiday season is virtually upon us!

Anyway, I thought I would refresh my shop banner.  I took a painting I created some time ago and simply ‘cropped’ a chunk out of it!  Then typed the title which includes my name and hey presto….. a new banner.

Rock Pool 760 x 100 PON

What do you think?


Friday, 2 October 2009

A brush with Winter

One of my latest additions to the ACEO family…..

First of all, what is an ACEO?  Well, there is only one rule governing the creation of an ACEO which is short for Art Cards, Editions and Originals.  That rule being that an ACEO must measure 3.5" x 2.5".  No more, no less.  It can be portrait or landscape and be created in any medium.

This means that if you are interested in original art you can now afford to have your very own collection!  There are different ways of showing off your collection too.  Either you can purchase all manner of miniature easels on which to stand your treasured ACEO or you can place them in attractive albums which are then placed on your coffee table so you and your visitors can browse to your heart’s content.  Another idea is to mount them in frames, either individually or as a group.  Sometimes, using this latter method, especially if grouped by subject matter or colour, you can give quite a visual impact!

Anyway, back to showing off my latest ACEO for sale in my Etsy shop!

This one I entitled ‘Winter’s Brush’.  I know winter is just around the corner in the northern hemisphere but maybe this little spot has already been brushed by the cold of winter and then was just left?

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