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One thing I really enjoy is looking through images I’ve made in my (digital) files.

These images were taken of some of my Encaustic Monotypes.

Encaustic Monotypes are created by painting with molten, pigmented wax onto a heated surface.  And then, just like regular monotypes, prints are ‘pulled’ from the surface.

The heated surface I use is one created by Paula Roland, called a Hotbox.

I took a three-day workshop with Paula last Fall and highly recommend it!

I call these images ‘topographies’.

I’ve given each one a name…

see if you see what I see!

First Light

The Lighthouse

Tidal Foam

The Shark

Flying Fish

Coast of Maine

Snow Clouds

Gold Beach

Blueberry Hill

Atomic Ranch


Still playing around with acrylic paints and mediums.

I’ve mostly been painting on paper (printmaking) and a paper for acrylics that I found – not sure which I prefer yet.  I found the acrylic paper in square format – which I like – but it has a definite canvas texture (which isn’t bad) but I’m thinking I prefer the smooth surface of the printmaking paper so far.  I’m still using both for now though.

Also, today, I started a painting on a cradled panel (that’s been primed for acrylics).  The super smooth surface accepts the paint readily and its especially nice if you like to use a brayer to apply paint.  I’ve been having issues applying paint to paper using the brayer – so this was a nice change.  The painting is still ‘in process’ but maybe I’ll have something to show soon.

I completed a few others (on paper) over the weekend…’Atomic Ranch’, above, is one of those.



I’ve just discovered the art of Jane Davies  – guess I’ve been living under a rock!

While doing an on-line search for tutorials that demonstrated creating monoprints with the new gel printing plate by Gelli Arts, that I’d just ordered, I stumbled upon a tutorial by Jane Davies demonstrating her masking technique.

The tutorial was so inspiring. I loved her minimalistic approach using the gel plate.

While I was anxiously awaiting the delivery of the new gel plate, I spent some time perusing her site.  Not only was her approach to monoprinting speaking directly to me…her painting and collage styles were too!

I immediately ordered her DVD, Scribble Collage with Hand-Painted Paper.  And its fantastic.  It is so helpful for someone like me who struggles with acrylic painting.  It is filled to the brim with great information.  And she gets right to the point – no fluff on this DVD at all.

I found I was taking notes like I was in class.  And I’ve already watched it more than a couple of times.  I really can’t say enough good things about it.  I’ve been so inspired learning all the great techniques …the new gel plate came in – and its still in the package!

I will get around to it – but right now I’m having too much fun to stop!

Here’s a painting I did today (called Compartmentalizing) …it has lots of layers. I’d paint an area, love it…cover it up, not like it so much, cover it up…paint some more…love it…cover it up…

This is a very freeing way to paint.

I’m learning not to get so attached to what I’m creating; to be more open and willing to accept the process for what it is – a creative process.

Just one more reminder that it IS ABOUT THE JOURNEY – and to enjoy the ride!!

*If you’d like more information:

and…Something New

my pressMy new etching press!

Adventures in printmaking!

You’re getting in on the very beginning of this journey – this is all very new to me – and I’m not quite sure where to begin!