It’s day 21 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days!

I can’t believe I made it three weeks! One of the side benefits of painting more is that I see more of my studio mates. I share a space at Lumin Art Studios with three other female artists: painter Alisha Vernon, jewelery designer McKenzie Mendel and fiber artist Natalie Gshwandtner. Today I got to work alongside Natalie and watch her make beautiful shibori pillows. You can see her work in the picture below:

The Tangled Path

Painting details:
“In the Forest VII”
6 x 6 inches
encaustic and tree branch on wood panel
Origin: Middle Sister (Hope), 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.