This is an oil painting that is in the works. I feel like it has been influenced by my work with encaustics, with the linework and floating layers. The color yellow has made it's appearance in my paintings this summer probably more than ever. I call it my yellow summer.
Here is a sneak peek at the tiles I'm working on for the Healing Ceilings project. They will be installed at a cancer center on the ceiling so that people can look at them while receiving chemo. I was honored to be picked for this project, as I have a firm belief in the healing powers of art, color and positive energy.
My new tools! The tacking iron isn't new, I tried it a long time ago and didn't like it, but have brought it out for another try. It works for smoothing out fabric in wax and adhering it to a mixed media piece. the boxy thing is my temperature regulator. The woodburning tools get too hot for the paint and must be carefully regulated. The tan one is a burnishing tool, helps to smooth painted surfaces or create texture in wax. The green one has several different tips, the one you see on it now is the one I used on the painting below. It helped me achieve a subtle color transition for painting a face with wax. It also can be used to gouge into the wax and create texture. It has a paintbrush attachment that heats up and helps move around the wax colors after they are applied to the surface. The black carving tools can do lots of things, smooth the surface of the painting, scrape incised lines or refine the edges of a shape. They can be heated by pressing them to the hot palette.