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Too Hot for Wax….?!

February 20, 2012

As I mentioned I did not bring my waxes to Costa Rica, so I’m not sure how painting in encaustic is going to work out here in the tropics.

But I can tell you what happened to a paraffin candle we placed in a bottle on the counter… 

Short power blackouts are common here and we stocked up on cheap candles and matches to be able to find our way around the house in case it got dark all of a sudden. Peter placed a candle in an empty wine bottle, which is a very common way back home, although we were warned against it by Hans of restaurant Ylang Ylang. Soon we found out why people here use tealights instead!

When we leave the house to go on a short trip we close all windows and operate the fans on low; coming back the place was always boiling hot, which made the candle leaning over more and more each time, until it could go no more:

Now we have this whole stack of useless candles…;-)

Two more drawings from Playa Pinuela: the first a row of small islands/rocks at the horizon. The formation on the right is called Las Tres Hermanas (The Three Sisters) and to the left is part of Piedra Ballenas. It sports a small, lonely palm tree on the bare rocks.

The second one is the view from under the palm trees to the right of Playa Pinuela, looking north. At high tide the whole beach disappears and only a narrow band of round stones separates the jungle from the waves.

This is one of a series of beaches inside a national park. To enter the beach a very nice, English speaking (!) uniformed man collects $6.00 per person and you can drive your car into one of the many spaces under the palm trees. People bring everything and the kitchen sink and spend the day lazing under the trees, cooking, eating and talking. If you like you can visit any of the other beaches in the park, using the same ticket for the day.

This particular beach had washrooms and showers.

Every morning for the past weeks we have been bird-watching from our patio, getting up before 6 AM. We brought a pair of binoculars,  got ourselves two bird guides of the area and try hard to identify the different birds we see.

Regulars are Fiery-billed Aracari (a kind of small toucan), flycatchers, Kiscadees, parrots, vultures, woodpeckers and the Chestnut-mandibled Toucan (a big bird with an enormous beak and yellow front.

I made a drawing of the last one, using Zentangles this time:




A Change of Pace

February 15, 2012

For the past four weeks we have made a small house in the jungle of Costa Rica our home. Two years ago we bought some land nearby and we wanted to experience how it felt to live in the tropics for a longer period.

I had not brought any encaustic waxes on this trip, but a nice5.5 x 8 “mixed media visual journal, a set of micro pens, graphite pencils, a small container with watercolour cakes and a set of highly pigmented water colour crayons.
My drawings became a combination of Zentangles work and water colour sketches, starting with pencil, then defining with the micropens and sometimes adding colour.
The pages of the journal were sturdy and took the watermedia very well.

The drawing below was inspired by some nice pattern on the back of a dining room chair in San Jose.

The change of pace has been very rewarding. Here we do not have internet, so days start with coffee and a big plate of fruits (the pineapples are amazing, both in size and taste!), sitting on our patio overlooking the forest. Almost immediately the show starts and we spot all kinds of exotic birds through our binoculars in the opposite trees: tucans, aracari, flycatchers, parrots, parakeets and even some Capuciner monkeys.
Peter was able to take some great shots, and I tried to draw the birds in my sketchbook.

Often we only heard their calls, and for lack of a visual, I created some bird species of my own!
Below is an annoying fellow, who started screeching around 4:30 AM, making all further sleep impossible (he competed there with the Howler Monkeys, which were so loud you could swear they were under the bedroom window!)
This one I called the Emerald-bearded 4:30 Nuisance.

And here is the Bouncing-Teakettle Bird, who’s call sounds just like its name; this guy must have amazing lungs!

Of course there was lots of scenery to enjoy too. We found this perfect little beach, not too far from the paved road, with tall trees lining the sand, where you could park your car, unload the folding chairs and just gaze over the ocean for hours (until the flood waters chased you away.

Before I left I’d done a short workshop with Kindrie Grove, were we talked a bit about perspective. As I spotted an old concrete railing I thought it would make a good challenge. What do you think??

We’ll be back in Canada soon, leaving this paradise behind, but I hope we can bring a bit of that Pura Vida with us to the great white north!

First night in Troutdale

September 23, 2011

It’s 7 AM and I’m already showered and dressed…we have a great room, but the bathroom is in the hall and we got up really early to beat the crowds! Did no get much sleep though…very loud, both inside and out, and much light from outside lamps.

Here are some pictures from our trip, McMenamin hotel and the exhibit opening:


Huge windmills and rolling hills

One corner of our room!

Eileen in front of her paintings

Ellen Koment's beautiful work

…and Bethany says “Hello” too!!!





Launching Fine Art Site

July 16, 2010

Encouraged by the recognition and sales of my artwork in the past months I decided to finally launch my own fine art website, where you can view and browse my artwork and hopefully buy it!

Fine Art Website

Fine Art Website

I’ve included many pieces of my 36″ a Day in May challenge and will certainly keep adding artwork in the coming weeks.

I announced the website first in my July newsletter. To give people a good reason to go and visit, I raffled off one of my Irises on black painting card under everyone who left me a message on the site before July 15.
My old friend Carol E. from England won the painting!

Opening “For the Love of Art”

July 2, 2010

I also went to Handworks Gallery, doing a demo before the opening of the juried FCA show “For the Love of Art”. Instead of the planned one hour I had people lining up to have a go until almost 4 PM!
Here is watercolour artist and FCA-SOS chapter president Kate Kimberley, trying her hand at Encaustic:

Kate in action

Mike Jorden did a plein air oil painting of main street in front of the gallery:

Mike Jorden: plein air

Mike also won an award for one of his paintings in the show.

Overview of part of the exhibit

Featured artist on Ning: Marjolein Driesen

February 25, 2010
Welcome to Wednesday!

For our new featured member, Marjolein, it might be already Thursday…sorry, I’m a bit late this week! Marjolein lives in Holland, my home country, in a town called Raamsdonksveer. I’ve never been there, but just the name is amazing, don’t you think?!

Marjolein is relatively new to our Ning network and has uploaded some beautiful work in her gallery. Take a look at her florals, just gorgeous!
She also has a website, which seems like a network. It’s in Dutch, but you will find a ton of artwork on there as well.

I’m going to watch some more Olympics: Canada, my adopted homeland, is doing great by the way…;-)

Tomorrow I will be involved in the Naramata Elementary School Art Conference. I’ve planned a couple of neat Encaustic projects for the 30 elementary school kids and I’m thrilled that I will get expert help to keep them safe from Linda and Jane, two local Encaustic artists. Will hopefully have some pictures for you tomorrow.

Happy painting,

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Featured artist on Ning: Tina Elkins

December 23, 2009

Hello everyone and welcome to Wednesday!

This week’s featured artist is Tina Elkins. She has uploaded several of her beautiful Encaustic panels, incorporating fine line drawings. The images seem to float in the wax, stunning!
Be sure also to visit her blog.

My new 2010 calendar

2010 Encaustic calendar
I usually have one printed and you can order from me, but last year I got too many and was stuck with a bunch of them! Remember, I ended up giving them away to people who are on my email list.
Although that seemed like a nice gesture, it was a costly one…;-))
So this year I configured the calendar at, where you can view it and then order, if you wish. I just ordered one myself, to see how the printing quality is, so hold your horses (mouse) before ordering yourself until I have some feed back for you on that!
Here is the 2010 Encaustic Calendar.

It’s almost Christmas, orders are still rolling in (I decided to leave the reduced price for the GetStarted! Kit Encaustic stand until after Christmas) and I even went to the post office this morning for an emergency overnight shipment!

One last thing: When you have ordered from me before you would have gotten one of my bookmarks printed with my art work. I just have made up 10 new ones, so next time you’ll be getting a fresh image:

Mid-December Update

December 21, 2009

Happy Holidays

It’s getting cold here now and as you can see I’m sporting a Santa Hat to keep warm!

I know the folks in Calgary would be laughing; compared with the extreme minus temperatures they are getting there our Okanagan is still balmy…;-)

This message comes a bit out of schedule, but I promise it will be short and hopefully of some use to you!

NEW: Gift Certificates!
How about this dilemma:

you want to surprise one of your friends, who loves Encaustic, but you do not know what kind of supplies she needs or if he’d like to sign up for one of my excitingworkshops.

The solution:
the TwinLakes Encaustic Art Gift Certificate!

It comes inserted in one of my beautiful high gloss art cards. There are fixed amounts in the shop, but when you email me you can chose the value yourself. If you want I can send it directly to your friend to save you time and money.

Hand-painted cards are always a wonderful way to send distant loved-ones a holiday greeting.I like this quick candle image. With a bit of practice they are easy to do and look like a million bucks!

Paint them on 4×3″ cards (half the size of the regular painting cards) and glue on the front of a double-folded piece of card stock (final size 4×5.5″).
You will still have room for a handwritten or stamped greeting.

I promise, if you send me one, I will send you one in return!

Fourth Annual Encaustic Painting Conference at Montserrat College of Art

December 19, 2009

Registration for the Fourth Annual Encaustic Painting Conference at Montserrat College of Art will start January 15.

Check out the conference blog site to see the fantastic line-up of events which Joanne Mattera is presenting. New info will be posted there continuously, so be sure to check often.

I attended the conference last year for the first time and it blew me away! The level of expertise and sharing is second to none and I made so many new friends!
Here are some pictures from 2009:

Lunchtime at the conference

Demo by Eileen Goldenberg

Featured artist on Ning: Bridget Busutil

December 16, 2009

Hello everyone and I hope you had a good Wednesday!

Our featured artist this week is Bridget Busutil. It says on her page that she lives in Barcelona and I envy her for that! Such a beautiful city…sigh.
Bridget has several of her paintings on the Ning site. My favourite is “Moon and Sun”. Be sure to also visit her website.

In the past week 11 new members signed up on my  encaustic Ning site!
To let you know what this “Wednesday message” is all about: every week I chose one of the Ning members and feature her or him on the main page. Look in the left-hand corner.
I send a message out to all my members with links to that particular person. It is a way to get to know each other and I usually have some other stuff to share with you at the same time.
PLEASE let me know if you would like to be featured; perhaps you have an upcoming art show or a workshop you would like to promote? Or just painted this fabulous painting and want some feedback? We have now 340 members: it’s a chance to get the word out. Even if I have already featured you before; don’t be shy!

Last week I promised to show you the design of the wedding invitation for my son’s wedding. Here they are: I’ve made 70 so far with the help of my Stampin’Up teacher and dear friend Sandi.

They have 2 little butterflies on them, punched out of Encaustic art work. I glued a small turquoise rhinestone to their bodies.

and this is going to be the insert – very romantic!

As I was waiting for Sandi to arrive I spotted a little deer outside my studio window. Isn’t he cute?!