Friday, April 24, 2009

Laughing Out Loud (LOL)...

... This little number can hang on the wall or stand on it's own little feet.

"Laughing Out Loud (LOL)" 7x17x1 mixed media encaustic, vintage dictionary text, vintage game pieces, vintage stringing beads, wood

Monday, April 20, 2009

Around and around... "Circle Machine"

"Circle Machine"  15x12x2  mixed media encaustic, vintage wooden beads, Erector Set parts.

I like the suggestion that this requires human interaction to make it work. However, this crank is just for show.  

Thursday, April 16, 2009

"Waltz Clock"

One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three... Life is a dance through time. I began this little piece by covering the ground with sheet music and an illustration from an old children's book. The pendulum on the bottom actually swings back and forth.

"Waltz Clock" 13x5.5x1.5 mixed media encaustic with game pieces, dominoes, Erector Set part, Tinker Toy part

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The House That Jill Built...

"Little Lite Brite House" 8.75X8.75X2.75 encaustic, Lite Brite pieces, vintage wooden blocks

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Today I thought I'd add some information about method.  For those of you who are not familiar with encaustic, it is a beeswax-based paint with ancient origins.  (If you have specific questions or want to try painting with it, I highly recommend reading Joanne Mattera's book  The Art Of Encaustic Painting.)  
Encaustic has to be melted on a temperature controlled heated pallet.  First, the panel or ground is prepared by painting the entire surface with the encaustic medium and then fusing it into the wood, usually with a heat gun.  Then more encaustic can be applied with a brush or a pallet knife or as I did with this piece and the previous 2-D posts with dots, melted directly to the prepared surface with a craft iron. This means each circle was individually mixed in a circular pattern and fused into place.  
My niece tried to count the circles in my piece "Bubbling Up" ( posted here earlier today)...I don't remember the final count. 
Maybe I could start a contest, something like guessing the number of marbles in a jar...

"Bubbling Up"

"Bubbling Up" 27x18.5x1.5 encaustic on wood panel