Explorations

Art is best explored by getting your hands in it...and best viewed in full screen so double click, please.

winter+sky
winter+sky

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Y2K This is Only a Test 40x30 mixed medi
Y2K This is Only a Test 40x30 mixed medi

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30x40 Ampsterdam Perhaps 5x3pg
30x40 Ampsterdam Perhaps 5x3pg

Mandarin Fish 24x24 encaustic on panel

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winter+sky
winter+sky

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Mixed Media

I truly love making these paintings. While labor intense, requiring hours of engraving and burnishing, the results are worth it and quite "Wabi Sabi" in nature. I use metal, foil, acrylics, oil, oil pastels, iridescence, water color and anything else within reach. The biggest problem is getting good photos of the finished work. They need to play with light  to give the full effect - the images change throughout the day.

Griddle, tins, iron, torch, heat gun
Griddle, tins, iron, torch, heat gun

Encaustic set up

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Collage- Photos silk & Found Objects
Collage- Photos silk & Found Objects

Inspiration

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Studio mess lol
Studio mess lol

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Griddle, tins, iron, torch, heat gun
Griddle, tins, iron, torch, heat gun

Encaustic set up

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Encaustics & Experiments

Encaustic is pigment suspended in bees wax and applied with heat. It is one way to enjoy ironing! For those of you who don't know what ironing is, you'll have to Google it. I preferred the scrying technique at first, but later decided to see if I could use it to render. It's a challenge because it dries very fast.

Storm Julia 8x10 acrylic 2016 Kiawah Island SC
Storm Julia 8x10 acrylic 2016 Kiawah Island SC

Acrylic, scene from Kiawah Island, So. Carolina.

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Koi Ahoy 2017
Koi Ahoy 2017

Plein Air - Bookworm Gardens 8x10 Acrylic donated for the SVA Small Works Project

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Van Gogh Harvestfor Rodger
Van Gogh Harvestfor Rodger

11x14 acrylic after Van Gogh. Friend Roger loved this Van Gogh work so I determined to paint it for him - he liked it!

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Storm Julia 8x10 acrylic 2016 Kiawah Island SC
Storm Julia 8x10 acrylic 2016 Kiawah Island SC

Acrylic, scene from Kiawah Island, So. Carolina.

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Paintings

 

The desire to paint has been the driving force behind all of my creative endeavors.  Whether in the studio, kitchen, or outdoors - using oil, acrylic or other, the desire and need to paint has been with me since I was a teenager.

 

I remain fascinated by art history in that the materials have been basically the same over years,  but the outcomes hugely different! I believe there is an artist in every human being that should be encouraged to express that which brings joy to them. The ability to do it well takes time, practice, study and an agreement with self not to be too critical.

 

Ireland - Slide-17
Ireland - Slide-17

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Ireland - Slide-19 wx
Ireland - Slide-19 wx

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Into This Tulip
Into This Tulip

This flower is crazy with colors.

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Ireland - Slide-17
Ireland - Slide-17

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Photographs

I have never been into the exact science of photography and have only spent time in the dark room on a few occasions. However, I've enjoyed taking pictures for many years. I've been in the right place at the right time enough times to have built a rather large collection of photographic images. Here are some of my favorites.  

A Shot in the Dark
A Shot in the Dark

Night photo of the Milwaukee Art Museum "Briese Soleil" designed by Santiago Calatrava.

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To Another World
To Another World

One of several transformations included here. The nice thing is that if one wanted to purchase one of these digital works, it could be ordered in any size and on many types of paper.

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Total Eclipse
Total Eclipse

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A Shot in the Dark
A Shot in the Dark

Night photo of the Milwaukee Art Museum "Briese Soleil" designed by Santiago Calatrava.

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​New Media​

Digital art is "New Media". While being experimental, it also allows an exact, repeatable outcome. For me, it started when I took a night photo of the Milwaukee, WI, art museum. I put one image in the computer and started playing around with it in Photoshop. Here are a few  pictures,  from painterly to whimsical graphics; it's pure fun to manipulate pixels. It's where pointillism meets electricity!