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Hanging my own art in my home

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For the most part, I don’t hang my own paintings in my home.  It’s not that I don’t like them, but I see enough of my work during the day working in my studio and I really enjoy looking at other artists’ work when I’m home.  However, I recently hung an encaustic painting of mine in our New York apartment.  We have this large fuse box panel smack in the middle of the dining room.   I couldn’t find a painting that fit those dimensions to cover it so I create one of my own,  Composed of twenty-five 6″ x 6″ individual encaustic tiles.  Encaustic paint is a blend of beeswax, damar crystals and oil painted in its melted state.  The fun part about encaustic is its versatility.  You can carve back into it, embed paper into it, transfer images onto it and more.  I used these techniques in this painting.

“Circle in Science and Nature”, encaustic paint, paper, beads, fabric, transfers, and watercolor

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Closeups of a few of the tiles:

Circle tile 1

 

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Third time’s the charm

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Third time’s the charm

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In my abstract painting class, the assignment was to paint an abstracted view of the inside of my home.  I chose the round glass lamps over my dining room as my subject.  Every week, I was to push myself further, taking greater risks and abstracting the scene even more.  Below is a photograph of my subject and the three progressive paintings I created using this photo as a starting point.  I think my work got better and more layered and complex as the weeks went on.  This is the value of working on a series, growing and improving the more familiar I became with the scene.  I even incorporated the dining room screen into the last version.

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Bubble Lamps, acrylic on canvas, 12″ x 16″

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Creek Bed #1, acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 12″

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Creek Bed #2, acrylic on panel, 12″ x 16″