Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Now is the time of year for fantasy!

It really doesn’t take too much imagination to visualise these busy fairies darting about!  Hither, thither as they fly, darting from one area to another…..

An encaustic ACEO – Darting Fairies

fairy close up

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Ideas for Christmas?

Celestical Magic

encaustic international  Sideways from right to left

An experiment with silver metalic wax.  Painted on box canvas the picture has been wrapped around the frame.

On black background

Against a black background it takes on a different ‘feel’ giving accent to other areas.



with light at rear

Whilst when placed with a light at the rear different colours and images stand out for the viewer.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

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Tuesday, 15 June 2010

I am still here!

Yep, a bit like a voice from the past! I am still here, alive and kicking, I think!

Life has overtaken me lately hence my absence but today, I felt creative and wanted to paint with my waxes for our new ‘bolt hole’ in Devon. I have a couple of paintings already hung there but one thing I had never done but had always been tempted to try. That was what I call a ‘Trilogy’ of paintings. You know 3 paintings in their own right but actually when placed next to each other they create a panoramic view? Never did it before, so took a deep breath, and this is what happened!

The subject matter is based on some photographs I took of the lake view near our ‘bolt hole’. A wonderfully tranquil setting with lots of trees and absolute peace…. wonderful!

Here are:

Part 1 - Trilogy part 1

Part 2 - Trilogy part 2

Part 3 - Trilogy part 3

Now view them together to make a panoramic view of the lake!

A trilogy 2


Trilogy part 1 Trilogy part 2 Trilogy part 3

Now I just have to decide where to hang them!


Friday, 23 April 2010

A Swap for Spring!

A group I belong to on is called Boomers and Beyond Etsy Street Team, or, simply the BBEST team!  Often we have activities which bring members together.  This April we have one entitled, Spring.

Thinking caps on….

This is what emerged from my fair hand!

Close upOne rule we have is that we are not to tell the other person who to expect what from!  So, I don’t know where or what I will be receiving and neither does my recipient.


Monday, 5 April 2010

Exploring nature

It has been sometime, I know, since I painted another creation.  Finally, I have taken the time to create/paint my latest.

I am loving the inspiration that allows me to listen to the wind, watch the grasses sway in the breezes and smell the various scents that drift over me.

Feel this painting which I have entitled ‘Whispering Grasses’ and let your imagination take you on a journey of discovery!

 Whispering grasses close up 

Whispering grasses from the side









One picture shows a close up and the second I have taken at an angle to show how it has been completed around the sides of this boxed canvas.

I began the sequence of painting with applying droplets of wax which were then hot air dried.  After this I used my hot iron to smooth the waxes and then angled my iron to created the grasses.

Measuring just 23.5” x 15.5” it is neither too small or too large.  Now to find the right space for it!


Monday, 1 March 2010

From a blank canvas to?

I love the water and the moods it has as well as plant life that thrives at the water’s edge.  Here is a scene to depict this simple stretch of water that laps against the reeds in the breeze.

Created with my trusty waxes and hot iron I blended the colours together on a box canvas measuring 30” x 20”.

Sometimes, you just don’t want to part with one of your own creations so perhaps I will re-create another but it will be slightly different!

By the waterside at Lake Indio


Saturday, 27 February 2010

Last two in the Tulip Series

At last I have come to the end of the Tulip Series!  I created the last two.  Now there are five.  They can either be mounted separately or together to make a bigger impact.

Created in an ACEO size (3” x 2.5”) they allow you to own an original work of art for next to nothing!

#4 and #5 to be found in my Etsy shop.

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Now to see all 5!

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Thursday, 4 February 2010

Tulips by moonlight

The next in the Tulip series of ACEOs is number three.   Sometimes the sun can play tricks on what we see. In this case the petals appear to be silver like.  Or, was this a moonlit tulip during a wintery cold but clear full moon?

Tulip Series #3



Monday, 1 February 2010

Spring is in the Air ….

It’s 1 February!!  Where has January slipped to?  However, with the sun shining I look out of my window and find I have crocuses trying to stretch their necks whilst the daffodils are starting to get ready for their show!

Meanwhile, here is another ACEO in my Tulip series ….

Tulip Series # 2


After a cold winter what can be more joyous than the sight of spring flowers erupting in your garden? The winds might still blow but these hardy tulips are made of stern stuff!
Here we have number two in my Tulip series. With a delicate pinky red hue you can actually imagine those cold winds whipping through the petals.


Friday, 29 January 2010

Autumn Fungi – original encaustic

Well, I have gone and done it!  Yes, I have listed as for sale this painting entitled Autumn Fungi in my Artfire shop.

I decided to include the picture showing how I got my inspiration for this subject matter.






Tuesday, 26 January 2010

ACEO Series - Tulips

Since, like so many others, I am getting tired of the cold of winter I thought I would turn my attentions to the garden.  Amazingly, several of my plants are showing signs of life.  Many have buds and my Mountain Ash (Rowan Tree) even has a couple of leaves starting to unfurl!

This brings me nicely to my latest ACEO entitled ‘Mauve Tulip’ series.  I thought I might do a series so do watch out for the next instalment!


Saturday, 23 January 2010

A Lunar Landscape…

Scientists talk about sending man to the moon but supposing there is some form of life as we know it already?
Imagine, giants and ghosts living in their very own castles in a lunar landscape? I am sure some of our well known giants from fairy tales of long ago would fit into this description!

I listed this ACEO in my Etsy shop entitled Lunar Castles.



Friday, 22 January 2010

An English Autumn Scene

I am slowly returning after the Christmas/New Year celebrations when I was totally laid up with flu!  Great!

Then as I was getting over that, I got another cold.  Now, over all that and trying very hard to get on with everything again.

And so, my friends, I have listed this encaustic painting in my artfire shop entitled ‘An English Autumn Scene’.

imageAutumn always incorporates some of my favourite colours, so warm and bright as nature gives a final blast before she beds down for the cold winter.

You may remember that this was actually one of my entries into the First Annual Autumn Arts Painting Challenge and Competition on Facebook.

Hopefully, this will be the start of my muse coming to work again!


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