It’s day 14 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days!

Wow! It was another crazy day for me to try to get this painting done. I bought 20 pounds of ripe Roma tomatoes from the farmers market to can some roasted tomato sauce and it took me most of the day!

I am smitten with my painting today. The burned tree branch has an intriguing totem quality to it that reminds me of Native American artwork – or you could even see a cow skull in it (Georgia O’Keefe is making an appearance again!). I also love the way this red coral / salmon color can pair with turquoise for an amazing color combination. It’s smashing in interior decorating, fashion and art.

See what I mean:

Lisa Marie Sipe triptych

“Wild After Fire II”
6 x 6 inches
encaustic and tree branch on wood panel
Origin: Pole Creek Fire, Three Sisters Wilderness, Oregon
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The paintings I create during the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge will be included in my NATURE CURATED series which captures the essence of place by encapsulating carefully chosen mementos nature has seemingly left behind in a thick bed of pigmented encaustic wax. To create these paintings I explore the ocean shore and forest floor to find the perfect, unique objects (shells, pine cones, driftwood and stones) to embed in a luscious layer of wax. All of these natural objects tells the story of its origin, like the smooth edges on driftwood illustrates the journey it took undulating back and forth against the rough ocean shore. Each three-dimensional fine art painting is unique, signed by me, ready to hang and includes the place of origin.