Happy to be back

"Collection"  oil on canvas 36" x 36"  (Sold)
I have been away from blogging for a while.  Although, I have been quite busy in my studio.  I hope to post some of what has been going on with me since I last wrote.....  3 years ago!!!  I have begun to work with encaustic, which has really been fun and influential in my oil paintings.  I have been very fortunate to continue showing.  This year has been a good one.  I've found loving homes for some of my favorite pieces (like "Collection") and added "wife" to my resume.  

Since my studio space is at the moment in an unheated garage, brrrrr, I don't get much done in the winter.  So one of my goals for this year, is to work on some drawings or pastels when I can't make it to my studio.  At the moment I am finishing a commission, that has been pretty challenging.  It's a project where I am replicating an older smaller piece in a larger size.  I am hoping I hit the mark this past week, once it's dry I'll post it.

For today I spent some time, or more like ALL day, reading other blogs and being totally inspired.  And it's great to see such a community out there balancing their artistic lives.  So here I am.  Take a look at what I've been up to. 

"Drops (red)"  encaustic on panel 11" x 14" (sold)

 "Perched" encaustic on panel 11" x 14"

This piece had been in my sketch book for a long time, I just couldn't figure out how to make it come to life.  It finally found it's place in my encaustic work.  I really like how it turned out.  I think I want to play with this imagery some more.