Saturday, February 1, 2014

Works on Paper

Mini-works on paper - mixed media image transfers with wax, pigment, and oil pastel

"Red Barn"

"Lake Shore Drive"

"City Lights 2"

"Storm Field"

"White Barn"

"Lakefront Trail"

"River Rocks"

These days, I always use encausticbord as a ground for my mixed media works. The board comes primed and ready to go and it is sturdy, made specifically for working with wax. I have a mini works on paper show that I would like to submit to but I had to switch back to using 140 lb. watercolor paper as a ground. I have painted most of these landscapes before, but working on paper gives slightly different results. The practice of repeating the same subject allows me to get to know details even better, altering shape, light and color.  I think about how many haystacks Monet must have painted… and then I know repetition is a good thing.

I can only submit 3 pieces and I am not sure if I should use the city scenes or keep all 3 submissions as a cohesive body of landscapes. Any suggestions?


In the past seven months, I have been enjoying city life and reconnecting with old friends. When I was living on the east coast, my primary focus was on my family and the art world, now that I am back in the midwest I have time to renew friendships. Tonight I have been invited to go hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, something I haven't done in over 30 years. I am always inspired by classical music plus I get to spend time with my friend. Then tomorrow, I am going to spend the day at a spiritual retreat with another old friend. She is a yogi and she offered me an invitation to attend a Day of Mindfulness at Touching Earth.

I am so fortunate and feel blessed to have an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make them new again.


  1. They are all beautiful, for submission a cohesive body of works makes more sense. Does paper take hot wax? It is interesting to know so. Do you protect them under glass or use a protective layer like varnish?

  2. The paper does fuse well with wax, but fusing with heat is essential. I use watercolor paper with a minimum weight of 140 lb. and as long as the paper has a firm backing (to prevent it from bending thus cracking the wax) the small works are secure. I do not like to put mixed media paintings under glass - the wax has resin in it which protects it and keeps it firm. Varnish is not necessary because the resin in the wax medium already protects the work and acts like a varnish.

  3. I so love each of these pieces and I'd be hard pressed to make suggestions for that very reason. I so love my newest Robin piece; so stunning! I know have both pieces hung right together and they are some of my very favorites.

    1. Glad to hear from you, Sherry, and to hear you have both pieces hanging together. In time I will figure out what to submit but feedback sometimes helps me to see what I can't see on my own.

  4. Tough choice--I like Red Barn, white Barn and Storm Field (I think the skies in those are beautiful).

  5. White Barn, yes, but I am leaning toward River Rocks and Lakefront Trail… I did not think the electrical structure in Storm Field was strong enough but maybe the sky compensates for that? In time, I will figure it out, I may paint more before submitting and I am sure if I do, I will be back asking for more feedback.

  6. Nice collection Robin. My choices would be Red Barn, River Rocks, and a hard decision between White Barn and Lakefront Trail.

    I hope you enjoyed the symphony! How lovely to reconnect with old friends.

    1. I appreciate your input, Deborah. I am thinking I will go with Red Barn, White Barn, and River Rocks (but I could swap out Red Barn for Lakefront Trail)… I have a few more weeks before my submission is due and I know it will just come to me. The Symphony was fabulous, YoYo Ma was the guest cellist, I will have to go back for more symphony soon.