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Somebody won a painting…

December 23, 2011

The Lobby Gallery at the Penticton Lakeside Resort has come to an end. I attended all 4 Sundays and found it a wonderful opportunity to present my artwork and meet new people.

Thanks again for signing up for my email list. I hope you will enjoy the monthly messages from the “world of wax”!

To express my gratitude I’m giving away one of my paintings. My husband picked a number and the person on my Lobby Gallery list with that number is the winner!

This is the painting (5.5 x 8″). It comes with a 10×12″ mat and is ready to drop into a standard frame.

 And the lucky person is…..Penny K.!

Congratulations, Penny! The painting will be in the mail to you next week!

Merry Christmas

and a Happy, healthy 2012!


P.S.: I really enjoy giving away stuff, so I’m also going to give away a painting to one of the people who signed my Studio Tour Guestbook this year!

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A Sunday Outing

April 4, 2011

Yesterday I took my own advice from my April Newsletter and went on a little spring outing along the Naramata Bench. First my hubby Peter and I visited the well-known Red Rooster Winery to check out Gillian Tucker’s exhibit of her oil paintings (sorry, Jill, I said in my newsletter they were acrylics!).
The paintings looked spectacular in the upstairs space. You have to go and take a look! Here’s a little taste:

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Of course we bought a couple of bottles from Red Rooster too. The girl at the desk was so funny! Peter challenged her if she knew all the prices from the top of her head and she took him up on it; winning, of course…so no discount on the purchase…;-))

Then we took a nice walk along a part of the Kettle Valley Railway Trail, with spectacular views of Lake Okanagan. We also saw this little fellow, a Hoary Marmot, who tried to scare us away with loud screeches:

Hoary Marmot

Hoary Marmot at KVR Trail

36″ A Day: Day 24

May 24, 2010

Today’s mini newsletter might end up being a micro one, as I spent most of the day outside, taking a Meadowlark Festival tour and visiting our Twin Lakes property to do some work there.
So not much work in the studio…
Two hotair images done on painting card. First coat card with clear wax, then dribble on colours and blow with the heat gun or embossing gun. While wax is liquid, sprinkle some magic powder on and blow some more.
The first one looks a bit like an iris, don’t you think??

May 24, 1

May 24, 2

One more sumi-e / wax project on a 10×10 wooden panel: iron work on top of embedded sumi-e drawing.
Proposed title: Secrets of the Garden (please share your ideas with me; I’m not very good at titles…)
Talk to you tomorrow,


36″ A Day: Day 10

May 10, 2010

Day 10 already!
Today is all about leaves, maple leaves that is. I “borrowed” some from the neighbour’s tree to do some printing. These spring leaves were still very soft and thin; if you get them later in the year it’s much easier to work with them.

The leaves were coated with wax in different colours with the iron . Then placed wax-side down on the card. Piece of Kleenex over top and ironed/printed. Be careful not to wriggle your iron too much!
If there is still a bit wax left after the print you can print of a second time (see top right corner).

As I had a couple of small wooden panels coated with wax from yesterday I decided to experiment a bit. I reheated the wax with the propane torch and firmly pressed the leaf into the wax. I think I even used a brayer to get even pressure (put a piece of non-stick paper between the brayer and the leaf).
With the leaf still in place I added a thin layer of wax all around the leaf to capture the outline. Then I carefully pulled up the leaf. It did not even break!

With the leaf removed I fused the newly applied wax and ended up with a kind of halo around the outline, really cool!

I dug out the texture a bit with a sharp instrument, then filled it with pigment stick. Excess was wiped off with Kleenex: a messy affair!
The last step was brushing on some antique magic powder. You can hardly see it on the photo, but is has a nice effect.

I did the same on another panel, but this one had lots of black wax on it (remnants of a crow, that did not turn out well!).
Same technique as above. Instead of filling in the veins I used the magic powder to enhance the texture.

Now I had several leaves with wax from the wooden panel on them and I decided to print those off on a black card. It worked out quite well.

Writing down the working method in detail will really help me later. Sometimes you’re just so busy trying things out that in the end you don’t know anymore how you achieved a particular effect.

I’m pleased with today’s work and I also worked a bit on two larger panels.

Talk to you tomorrow,


Teaching in Richmond

April 27, 2010

Yesterday I got back from a fabulous weekend at the coast. And I mean “coast”, for I was in Richmond where I could have dipped my toe in the Pacific (if it hadn’t been a bit too chilly…)

Getting there was part of the fun. I left here on Friday 9 o’clock, with a car full of supplies and teaching material and my three favourite musicians: Ian Sherwood, Trevor Caswell and Tom Rigley. They do not take up too much space, being stored in my iPod.
So you could see me cruising down Manning Park, belting out my favourite songs –  just good that I was alone in the car!

I arrived at my first host Adrienne without any incident. Adrienne Moore has been a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) for more than 30 years. She has AFCA status and she saw my add in the FCA magazine Art Avenue. Being intrigued by Encaustic and having experimented with it a bit herself she invited me to come and teach at her studio.

We hit it off right away and had lots of fun exchanging stories. I set up my equipment in her studio, which was a very inspiring place, packed with her vibrant paintings.
Saturday morning we decided to take a quick walk with her giant ice-bear like dog Chebatta as I noticed the door to her studio was locked. This was not good…no key in sight….problem!

The last resort was to climb through the studio window, which miraculously was not locked. Here is Adrienne holding the ladder for me:

Ready to break-in....!

I’m glad there is no picture of me straddling the window sill. Not a pretty sight!

But the workshop got underway and we all had a good time. Most of the participants had earned their arts laurels long ago and they quickly applied their own style to this new/old medium.

It was hard to get the ladies to stop around 4 PM, but I had to pack up and relocate to Jeanette Jarville’s studio a few kilometers away. Jeanette runs a fantastic B&B in Richmond: The Doorknocker; it is definitely the nicest one I’ve ever been in. She even gave me her best room-it was bigger than my living room at home! Her studio is gorgeous too. Here are some pictures:

Jeanette treated us to a lovely lunch in her dining room, facing the large garden.

After lunch I introduced the group to heat-resistant sponges and the stylus and we ended by experimenting on a wooden board or small canvas. Again, time was too short!

From Jeanette’s I went back to spend the night at Adrienne. She took me to the village of Richmond, which is absolutely charming with the fishing boats, many restaurants and quaint little shops:

Adrienne had all kinds of stories about the history of the village and the cannery, where many Japanese used to work. We decided to opt for Japanese food and enjoyed a great bento dinner.

I drove back early on Monday morning, sad to leave but grateful for the wonderful people I’d met. We are already thinking about a follow-up workshop, perhaps in the fall (before the snow!)

One last shot of a big raven at Manning Park Resort, my favourite stop on the way there and back:

I’m tempted to paint him!

Featured Artist on Ning: Rebecca Shapiro

March 24, 2010

Hello and welcome to Wednesday!

This week’s member in the spotlight is Rebecca Shapiro.
Rebecca was one of the very first to join the Encaustic Art network, right after I had lifted it from its early grave….I had neglected the network for almost a year, but as soon as I started to post and share, it was discovered by many artists (like yourself!).
Now we have more than 400 members and counting!
Back to Rebecca: although she did not upload any art work here and has not been very active on the site, I urge you to visit her blog and featured art work. Perhaps we can convince her to share some of her beautiful work here as well…;-)
B.t.w.: she is a fellow member of the IEA, International Encaustic Artists, an organization of very dedicated “waxers”, based in the States, but with members all over the world.

I’ve uploaded two new tutorials on painting techniques with the iron. Hope you enjoy them.

From the shop: I’ll be getting in a bunch of new Encaustic styluses very soon! These will be the European ones, but will come with a converter plug.
Supply will be limited: first come, first served.

That’s it for today: my waxes are cooking and beckoning me to the studio!

Happy painting,