Monday, July 2, 2012

My Country 'Tis of Thee

happy 4th!
my art show will be this friday the 6th
at Esscentuals in old town ft. collins.
i'll be there between 6 and 9 to visit with everyone!

this piece is titled 
'my country 'tis of thee'
and is 2x4 feet
acrylic, pastel, and colored pencil
on plaster board.

here is a peak at the piece in process.

yep, every piece goes through
the 'ugly' stage!

a few close-ups of the
finished piece.

the stitching is carved into the plaster.
lots more to come...
have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

evolution of a new piece

good morning everyone!
thought i'd give you a little peek at
a new series i'm creating for a show.
it's not finished yet,
but almost!
This is on a 4x2 foot board.

a look at the evolution of the first piece..

a basic sketch on plaster...

layers and layers of thinned paint..

sanded down often...

sketch on seems...

spend 'forever' carving...

layers of pastels...

 age with paints 

and pastels...

seal pastels (cuz they can get messy!)...

add on fighter jets...

and after weeks of incubation
 i think i may have figured
 out how to finish the 
wish me luck!

Thursday, February 16, 2012


hello sweeties!
sharing another encaustic on painted plaster.
this was the first one i did for Judy and Stephanies
plaster workshop.

due to the encaustic it photographs
with a little bit of a dusty appearance.

i've been very busy painting so 
i have a ton to share with you!
have a wonderful day! 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Enchanted Gratitude

so this piece was lined up to 
be a part of the tree series but
standing there with brush in hand i
just couldn't do it.

all of texture,
the mixture of colors,
i liked looking at it too much.

so i decided to leave 
it as is.

this is the perfect example of 
why i love plaster so much.

the depth i can't seem to 
create on any other substrate.

being able to carve into
it is so wonderful too.

although i feel i need to get
a little more adventurous with the carving.
make it more random.

that would be pushing myself
 out side of my comfort zone.
yep, a new goal is set!

have a wonderful day!

Monday, October 24, 2011

thriving abandonment

the last of the tree series for now.

i'm so in love with painting 
on plaster.

hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Whispers of Wind

this is number two of a three part series of trees. 
although i'm smitten and think i'll do many
more including fall trees.

judy and stephanie teach you
how to make this crackle effect
in their class.
it is soo much fun.

the texture on this piece is one 
of my favorites.

the deep crevasses the 
plaster creates i  haven't
been able to recreate any 
other way.

hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Temporary Oblivion

although i adore the dreamy effect
encaustic gives the plaster,
i have yet to figure out how to take a 
good photograph of a reflective surface.
 this was as good as it was getting.
they are so much prettier in person.
click the images to enlarge.

carving into the plaster is sooo much fun!
the circles are deep and fill with wax.

the natural cracks hold in just
a touch of the brown paint and make
the best little antique marks.

plaster requires washes of paints,
too much or the paint wont stick.

i took a plaster workshop with
judy wise and stephanie lee.
if plaster at all interests you
i would highly recommend this online class.
they are always there to cheer you on.

i have many paintings to show you,
i'll explain more details as we go.
have a beautiful day!