Thursday, October 21, 2010

Art and Technology, and more pathways

Recently I updated my computer by installing newer software. I never realized how important my computer was to my art until I had trouble finding specific photographs that I needed in order to start working on new encaustic image transfers. It made me think about the fact that my creativity is dependent not just on my ability to paint but also on my computer and printer, what a dichotomy!

new small encaustic paintings

I feel like I can relate to Monet's haystack series in a new way as I continue to paint the same place and pathways using different colors during the different times of the year. Each time I do one of these small encaustic paintings I am developing and refining my skills as an encaustic painter. My focus on the details changes despite the fact I am using the same images. My favorite encaustic technique (for now) is building up sculptural qualities with the wax so the painting is literally 3-dimensional.


  1. I love these (and I'm looking straight ahead).

  2. Hi Hallie, I am going to try to do a few more this afternoon when I am volunteering in a not too busy gallery co-op. I am bringing images already transfered into wax, along with my electric griddle (palette) and encaustic paints. Wish me luck!

  3. These are both wonderful. I feel the 3D effect that you are going for. Keep following this path...

    I know what you mean about the computer as a tool. I use mine on so many levels for my work that when I had to go a period back in late summer without it I felt a little lost.

    Good luck with the creating at the gallery today. Have fun...


  4. Hi Robin, thank you so much for visiting my blog. I'm so impressed with your work and like you, I love wax/encaustics. I've only experimented with beeswax. But I love anything utilizing resists techniques with watercolor.

    I have been to 3 workshops and 2 private lessons with Jeanne Carbonetti. How about you?

  5. Don, I managed to work on 1 small encaustic when I was gallery sitting, not sure if it was good or bad, but I had plenty of time to paint because there were few visitors. I finished painting today, and did a few more small works, hope to blog about this later.

    Gina, I wasn't sure where to respond to your comment - your blog or mine, hopefully you will find this response. I met Jeanne in 2004, first time private lessons, then returned over the next few yrs and took the summer group workshops 3 times and feel like I have "graduated". I do go back and visit her though. She is an amazing teacher and person, we are lucky to have met her.

  6. Both of these are beautiful Robin! I love them.

    I love my computer and how it helps me... and I resent the time I allow myself to spend on it. Push/pull.

  7. Thanks, Pam. I never tire of painting pathways.

    Push and pull is good as long as it's equal - my computer sometimes seems smarter than me so I am working on that, too.

  8. It’s always a pleasure
    to see such a Wonderful Work
    good creations