New! 8 small paintings + 4 little treasure chests

November 16, 2011

During the Lobby Gallery show at the Lakeside I painted a whole stack of small paintings as demos and some turned out quite well. Nice enough to put in a mat and cellophane sleeve; now they look like a million bucks!

The 4 little treasure chests are 7x5x3″ wooden boxes, which I decorated with encaustic. Each one is a painting by itself, don’t you think? I want to sell them at the next Lakeside show. Now, how to price them…??!


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More sales at the Lakeside!

November 13, 2011

Today was the second  Sunday of the Lobby Gallery at the Lakeside Resort and it was very busy indeed. At the same time Community Market was held in the ballroom, with many vendors, so lots of traffic through our area. Gay Ross sold her beautiful painting of the geese to a gentleman, who had visited her the week before and had left without buying it, but apparently couldn’t get it out of his head and had to come back for it!
I got to speak to many nice folks and did some demos.

Thanks for taking this nice picture, Barb!

Bill Hibberd was there also, painting a portrait of Bethany Handfield. I got some nice shots of him working:

Bill in action, with Bethany sitting unusually quiet...;-))

Very exciting was that I sold 4 paintings today! The first one was an 8×10″ matted work, painted with the iron.

Those Copper Hills

And then a lady bought “Rift”, plus my last two 3×4″ crow paintings!
Actually all of the crow paintings got lots of attention, as did “We Are Not Alone”, which I had displayed at the front of my table, and people could actually touch it. This painting is very textured and I know it is just soooo tempting to run your fingers over it, so I had a little sign saying: “It’s OK to touch the paintings, just don’t scratch them…;-))”

This is “Rift”, a painting I really loved doing and I’m glad it went to such a good home:

Thea Haubrich,Rift, 8x24, encaustic

And here is “We Are Not Alone”:

Thea Haubrich, We Are Not Alone, 16x20, mixed encaustic

Who knows, I might sell it next week…;-))


The morning after…

November 10, 2011

Well, it seemed there was one offending thing in the last painting and think I’ve corrected it. Can you see what I’ve done??
I might still coat the shellac parts with medium, to protect them, but the edges are already finished and I’ll drop it in its frame tomorrow!


Made one little change...what is it??

I also prepared a bunch of panels for future paintings with encaustic gesso and coated some small boards for students to use in a private collage class later this month.

Don't you love those pristine boards?!

More Hills & Trees

November 9, 2011

Finally some real studio time again! Yesterday I was preparing for the Nov. 12 Tissue Paper Techniques workshop and came up with some neat projects for the students to try out.

The offending painting....

Today I started fiddling with an older Hills & Trees painting, which I did not really like. It also sat in an ill-fitting frame, 3/4 ” instead of 1.5″, so it was sticking out: awkward! What was I thinking as I put it on display in one of our local wineries this summer….;-((

My first line of attack was covering the lower part of the painting with a good layer of wax, not very concerned about colours, as I was planning on using a different sheet of the chiyogami paper:

Looks pretty awful!

After collaging in the nice paper the colours of the sky were all wrong, so I had to come up with some alternative.

Some charcoal-coloured shellac to make the clouds more interesting

I wanted to emphasize the diagonal from the lower lefthand corner towards the tree. the paper has some lovely upside down tree shape just below my painted tree and I thought that could make for a nice composition.

So I painted with white, black and gold wax on top of the paper to get the shapes to pop: now I like it!

What do you think?? Suggested title : Connected

Then I started a new painting on one of the prepared 10×10 panels, again intending on using more of the chiyogami paper and the hills and trees theme.

Not sure if it’s finished; will take a critical look tomorrow morning….;-)

Suggestions welcome!

Sales at the Lakeside!

November 9, 2011

The first lobby gallery at the Lakeside Resort was a success. The friendly hotel staff had set up our tables and we were free to use any easels, racking or even to hang paintings from the gate in front of the restaurant.
I spoke to many people, gathered several emails and generated interest for workshops by doing demos with the painting iron.

Display at Lakeside Resort

This was my display

Barb Hofer  had a table next to mine. She does beautiful work, mainly in acrylics, but also works in watercolour or paper collage. She sold two paintings to one art lover! Of course everyone was very happy for her.
We hope on more sales next Sunday. The gallery hours have changed a little bit: we now will be there from 11 AM until 4 PM, taking advantage of the traffic that the Community Christmas Markets will bring, which are also held in the hotel on Nov. 13 + 20, from 12 – 4.

Barb with one of the sold paintings

Lakeside Lobby Gallery

November 1, 2011

Every Sunday in November, from 10 AM – 2 PM, the Penticton Lakeside Hotel will host a Lobby Gallery, inviting scores of local artists. I’ll be there too, with brand-new work, some older favourite paintings and small matted works on paper (easy to send in the mail!).
This is a fantastic chance to get a head-start on your Christmas presents and to put some original art under the tree for a loved one.

I’m also bringing a stack of beautiful hand-crafted Christmas cards, almost too special to send…;-)
They are done in a technique I will be teaching at the Christmas card workshop in December, using rubber stamps and outline stickers. Here are a few samples:

I’ll be giving away free bookmarks and if space permits I will do some demo’s too. Hope to see you there!

Making medium

October 30, 2011

Today Mindy and Mandy came over from Naramata to make medium. I usually do that on my kitchen stove, but decided we would have more space down in my studio (after I had cleaned off my work table, that is!). So I bought a little double burner and got everything ready for them: fine granulated beeswax, damar resin crystals, a little scale, small sieve with cheesecloth and some containers.

Supplies for making medium

Here's my new burner + the handy-dandy silicone muffin molds

I did a quick test-run before they arrived and noticed that the burner was much hotter than my stove-top burner. The wax melted really fast, then the damar and even after trying to get the temperature down with extra cold beeswax I had to take the pot off the heat source to stay safe. ALWAYS use a candy thermometer when you do this!
I did open the window and ran the fan, so eventual fumes were sucked out of the room.

Mindy cooking up some medium

Mandy wanted to make a mixture with a higher ratio of damar (5:1, instead of the 8:1 we were doing) and as we tried to melt this larger amount of damar the mixture really foamed up. After adding more beeswax the foam disappeared again.

Foam on medium mixture

They went home with a whole bag full of medium pucks!

Now I’m all set up in the studio for the medium making I think I will offer small classes of a maximum 4 people to make your own medium. Let me know when you’re interested!

Hills & Trees

October 24, 2011

Ooops, almost a month since my last post….not good! Of course I could say that I’ve been painting non-stop and just did not have the time to switch on the computer, but that would be far from the truth…;-)
Sometimes  time just slips by and I should know better: each healthy day is too valuable to waste!

But I HAVE been painting lately; a while ago I bought 8 lovely frames at a sale at Opus, but they did not have the fitting 10×10 panels with a narrow cradle to go with them. So Don, the husband of my dear friend Carol Munro, came to the rescue and made me 8 beautiful panels. I wished I had taken a photograph as they were all bundled up together for the glue to dry! It looked like an alien space ship…;-)

My Hills & Trees series have been very successful and I love painting them, so that’s what these were going to be. So far I’ve finished three:

I also played around with the demo board from my collage workshop, which I taught last week in Kelowna: used a stencil to paint in the crow and some of my figure drawings as transfers:

Oh, and I almost forgot! I submitted two paintings for the juried FCA exhibition in Vancouver, “Small, Smaller, Smallest”, and BOTH were juried in! The first was another Hills & Trees painting and the second one is one of my current favourites, Collateral Damage:

Marketing morning at IEA Retreat

September 28, 2011

Sunday morning was reserved for all kinds of marketing info: I attended Photographing your Work (Paul Bogardus), How to bring your art to video (Aaron Kelly) and PR/Media/Workshops/Festivals (Robyn Anderson, Judy Wise.
Only a few pictures:

Outdoor setup to photograph your painting

From the excellent talk about packing/shipping

Over lunch the Canadian retreaters got together to brainstorm over a possible Canadian chapter. Stay tuned for more info on that later.

Just before heading home Bethany, Shary and I visited the Encaustic Masters show again. Here are some more photos:

Judy Wise

Bridget's piece: sold!

We had a good ride back to Ellensburg and stayed in the same hotel as on the way out. Bethany was dying to get some real Mexican food and we found a great place.

Mexican restaurant in Ellensburg

More Mexican decor!

...and, just for Linda: our Chicken Enchiladas !

The next day we left really early (about 7:30 AM!) and stopped at Dry Falls, which is a 3.5 mile long scalloped precipice in central Washington, on the opposite side of the Upper Grand Coulee from the Columbia River, and at the head of the Lower Grand Coulee. Ten times the size of Niagara, Dry Falls is thought to be the greatest known waterfall that ever existed.

Dry Falls

At the Canadian border the officer really wondered how on earth we could have spend over $600.00 between us on art supplies, but we explained that we would have bought much more, if only our credit card had allowed us….;-))
Then it started to rain as we entered BC and by the time we were in Kaleden it really poured, with an ugly wind. This is not how I remembered the Okanagan!
A quick, wet good-bye, and our fabulous trip came to an end.


Demo Day at 2011 IEA Retreat

September 26, 2011

Saturday was a full day of hands-on demos. Each participant of the retreat could sign up to sit in at one demo and work at that particular project, then you could move on to watch the other demos.
At the same time the vendors had set up at one end of the room, so it was all quite hectic and loud, but there was an immense amount of information going around, so everyone just dived in and enjoyed the melee…;-))

Here are some pictures:

Yummy stuff from EncausticSupplies out of Portland

Kathryn and Mike from Enkaustikos, chatting with Melinda

Ingredients to make your own cold wax

Mixing cold wax paint

Set up for making monoprints, with neat little anodized plates from R&F!

Karl Kaiser's boards with 30-60 layers of wax, ready for carving

Attentive audience at Karl's work space, with balls of wax in the foreground

Ellen Koment demonstrates working with graphite powder on wax surface

Peter Rossing from Muse Art & Design about What's new in encaustic.