Monthly Archives: July 2011

Oreo Portraits? No way!

OK just when you think youve seen it all I find a woman who does portraits on Oreo cookies, flowers made from hair, nails clippings and baby teeth and little scenes using insects as the main characters. Judith Klausner is a graduate of Wesleyan U and is based in Somerville, MA. Her stuff is very provocative, always engaging and even slightly repulsive but never dull. Isnt that what good art is all about?

 

See more at her website

Encaustic Monotypes – Paula Roland, Artist

I came across this artist, Paula Roland while researching encaustic painting last week. What I saw amazed me, as I had no prior knowledge of this medium. Paula paints using what’s called a “hot box”, which is basically a large plate of anondized aluminum placed over a regulated heat source. The plate heats up enabling you to spread the encaustic paint sticks on the surface of the aluminum and then manipulate and shape the wax with a scraper, squeegee or knife. The final step is to take a piece of paper and place it over the melted wax and allow the wax to imprint the paper. What makes these images fascinating is the wax the oil in the wax creates this beautiful halo around the blotches of color when it bleeds on the paper. The images are sublimely beautiful and very organic.

Click here to visit her website

Paula also has a great DVD which talks about her process – looks like another “must have”! Here is an excerpt from her DVD:

 

The Casa del Sol – Northampton, MA

Found this shot from a trip to Northampton in 2010. It was a funky little shop on Main Street called the Casa del Sol that I missed the first time around. The building was bright red and the clothes were fun and colorful so the whole thing set up just perfectly! There were so many cool little businesses in that town. It was great to see that “Main Street Culture” is still alive and well in towns like Northampton!

Kayaks – Key Largo, FL

I was walking the jetty in Key Largo at sunset last Thursday night when I came across a bunch of kayaks moored on the dock. This picture practically took itself! Nothing like sunset in the keys to take your breath away. It was only a two hour drive to Key Largo, but it seemed like I was so far away from home. Life is slower, the people are nicer and the water was a balmy 84 degrees. Life is good!

Diane Poinski – A Master at Hand Painting Photos

I found Diane Poinski on Facebook recently. She does wonderful hand painted photos and more importantly, she has written a free e-book to teach others to do the same. This is a technique I have always been curious about but never tried because I didnt like the expense of having to buy tubes of Marshall’s photo oils needed to do it. Until now, that was the best method, but now with the introduction of PanPastels, it is less messy and a lot less expensive. Not that the PanPastels are cheap by any means, but they seem to be easier to manage and have other applications besides hand painting photos, which justifies the expense better.

 

View Diane’s portfolio and download her free ebook about Hand Painting Photos at her website – and dont forget to LIKE her on Facebook, too!

Textured Botanicals

I just purchased some new textures from French Kiss Textures and my web buddy Leslie Nicole. This is the first image I am doing with her new textures and borders and I really like the results. She has a beautiful, soft quality to her textures and they inspire me to do these softer pieces.

This photo was taken at the Liz Stewart flower shop in Jacksonville Beach last year. I have had all of these flowers photos sitting in my catalog until I could figure out what to do with them. When I saw Leslie’s textures, I thought these photos would be perfect for trying out the new textures. I like the results a lot. Will get this printed, mount it on a board and try it with encaustic next!

Encaustic Artist and Author Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch

Keeping with my new fascination with photography and encaustic, I just purchased two new books by author and encaustic art Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch on Amazon. One is on the way and one is due for release the beginning of August 2011. She is a wonderful instructor and a terrific artist, not to mention a really nice person, too. Very generous with her knowledge. She also runs EncaustiCamps, which I wish I was nearby so I could attend. Check out her website at pbsartist.com if you are interested in seeing her work.

Encaustics and Photography…a new love affair

I am afraid that I have caught the encaustic bug. Encaustic is the process of painting with clear or pigmented hot wax on a board. It has always fascinated me and now I have just discovered it can be used beautifully with photography and collage. Bought my first big chunk of beeswax and dammar resin this weekend and took advantage of the rainy days to try it out first hand. It is incredibly hands on to melt the wax, paint with it then use the heat gun to manipulate and shape the wax. I started with clear beeswax but I know next I will want to get some oil pastels or pan pastels to add color to the wax or rub on top of the wax once it cools.

It is an ancient art dating back to the Greeks and Romans. The finished works have a deeply layered and transparent appearance. It is a seductive medium but one that is not easily mastered. I have seen some great artists online that produce incredible work in this medium. They have inspired me to pursue learning more about the techniques and experiment with using some of my photographs with encaustic medium. Will post the results when I have some completed pieces.

In the meantime, here are two great encaustic artists whose works I love:

Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch: http://www.pbsartist.com/

Elena de la Ville: http://floridahotwax.com/

The Blue Anchor Pub, Delray Beach

I passed this pub the other day in Downtown Delray and could not resist giving it “the treatment”. The blue of the building, the blue of the sky and the red of the brick sidewalk were all perfect!

French Polynesia…remembering my trip

Overwater Bugalows - Moorea, French PolynesiaIf you have one place that you must go in your lifetime, make it French Polynesia. When I landed there, I felt like I had left this planet. It is unworldly. I felt no connection whatsoever back to the rest of the world. It was peaceful and serene, the people had a gentle, childlike quality and everywhere I went, it smelled like flowers. The water was impossibly clear and blue and loaded with rainbow colored fish and coral.

I regret that at the time, I did not take more photos, but I have a few good shots to play with so will post them in the days ahead

Still Life – Tea Stained Rose

A change of style for me…I call this Still Life – Tea Stained Rose. Done with new Nik Software Bundle and Topaz Bundle along with textures, overlays, layer masks, clipping masks and other cool techniques I just learned for Photoshop. Thanks to Leslie Nicole for all of her tutorials and great encouragement!