Sun Series #1

Sun Series #1

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Presentation Issues

mixed media encaustic and collage on paper
6 x 12" unframed

I've been working on presentation of these small
encaustic on paper pieces.  They can't be simply
matted under glass if there is a possibility of  the
glass touching the artwork.  Also mounting them
can be problematic because adhesives don't want
to stick to the wax.

I did a little research and hinge mounting them
with linen adhesive backed tape seemed the best
route to go.  I fold the hinge tape in half length
wise and attach that to the back of the artwork.
Then I imbed the tape with wax to the back of the
piece, being careful not to disturb wax that might
affect the artwork.  Once that is cool
and solid I can attach the top half of the hinge
tape to the mounting board.
This method seems to be working on light
weight pieces
but would not be good for heavier works
as the weight of the collage elements and the
wax would not be supported by a band of wax.

The image of the framed work shows it in a
shadow box type frame so the artwork which floats
on its mounting board is also recessed a good
1/4" from the glass.

"Vine" framed

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Squares and Circles: It's Elementary!

Two Squares, Three Circles
mixed media encaustic on paper
6 x 12"

More encaustic on paper.  Having a great 
time back in the studio again.  I'm
enjoying working and experimenting
with encaustics in prep for my workshop at
the Morgan in January and the 5 day
class I will teach at Peter's Valley NJ
in August.
So excited to be teaching at both of these 
great places!



Tuesday, November 29, 2016


"Balancing Act"
mixed media collage on paper
11 x 14"

What do you do when you have an artwork that is just hideous and with no
hope at redemption?  I was going to throw the work away but left is laying
around on my work table.  Weeks later I started a new piece and spied the
ruined work and saw potential in some of the sections.  So I began cutting
it up with the end result being this work.

I also just got a new camera and am very happy with the quality of the
pictures so far.  But I am still struggling with getting the pictures on my blog
to appear where I want them to.  Oh well...


Monday, November 28, 2016

"Codex 64", encaustic on paper

"Codex 64"

More Encaustic on Paper.
Title:  "Codex 64"
6 x 12"

Layers of primarily transparent and semi-transparent materials.
The detail on the left shows the layering of different texts and the detail on the right shows the holes and some of the burnt areas.  Initially the scorched areas were an accident, but I liked them so other burned and scorched areas were intentional.

I am also experimenting with ways to display or present
these pieces and have settled on, for now, attaching them with
linen hinge tape.  I secure half of the hinge tape to the artwork using wax and then the top half to the mounting board.  So far that is working because these pieces are pretty light weight.

These pieces aren't on my website or in my Etsy shop yet but will be soon.
Get 15% off anything in my Etsy shop until Dec. 31. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Experimenting with Encaustic on Paper

mixed media collage; encaustic on paper

Working on Stonehenge Paper.
Getting ready for some workshops in the New Year!

The center is a collage made of photocopied images that I have often used in my work.
The black band across the bottom is from a recycled print that I did a while back.
Also incorporated in the collage is some textured fabric and some acrylic paint.

I wanted to see how the collage would react to mounting on the stonehenge paper with the encaustic medium as the adhesive.  Also added white encaustic paint around the the perimeter.
Now to find a way to mount these encaustic works to mat board for presentation.
Art making  is always experimental!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
            Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving wherever you are and how ever you celebrate.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Are You Still Out There?

Recent Mixed Media Collage
Encaustic on Paper
11 x 14"

My last post was on November 2, so if you are no longer out there checking my blog, I get it.
And if you are still checking I feel very fortunate and thank you for your  perseverance.

My blog is not the only thing that has been neglected.
The inventory in my Etsy shop was nonexistent whenI checked this past week end.
So I am trying to get back on track.  I do the blogging as much for myself as I do for others.
It is a good way for me to document work and my thoughts about my process and art practice.

The Etsy shop allows me to reach out to others who don't necessarily follow my blog.
So this past weekend I spent some time adding work to my shop with a promise to stay current.
So if you can give me another chance on both counts, the blog and the Etsy shop, I will not let such long lapses occur.

Here are the links for my Etsy shop and my website.