Saturday, September 29, 2012

29 Faces # 24,25,26,27

Mixed Media vintage overpainting excersize

with beeswax toplayer

29 Faces # 23 a Book - a Cake

 I was commissioned to make a cake for a Birthday party....with a portrait on it, so I thought this could count for a face right ? Eventhough it's going to be eaten...I painted with food colouring on icing :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

29 Faces # 20 Rhino

Black Rhino in pastel
Today is World Rhino Day and therefor I am posting my black rhino portrait
(I know I did it a while ago, but I have been VERY busy with other stuff, so grabbed some off the shelf so to speak)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hippos - { face # 19 }

 Meet 'Hippos' - my portrait of a horse.
 Yes, he has eyes, a nose a mouth and ears, so he can be my face number 19
This started as a background meant for a different idea, then neglegted and then I basically threw on another layer of stuff and after I saw how it had dried I was excited ! I hung it on the wall in my studio and turned it a few times and then I saw this horse emerge. I left it loose so that you can still see the beautiful effects in the background. One of the few works I am really happy with {for the moment} And....I got the recipe for the background ! I worked back to waht I had done, so now I have prepared a second panel for another something, don't know what just yet....

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

29 Faces # 18

# 18 for 29 Faces
She is a covergirl !
handmade journal w/2 signatures handmade papers

29 Faces # 17

a Journal entry
Frankly I don't know where this comes from, I started with the colour, green oxide, I really like that green and then it sort of happened. While painting and stuff, I was thinking a lot about why am I here (one of those philosophical moods I sometimes get into) who would really care if I were not here. Would anybody really have that much of a different excistance ? What if I did not paint and not posted in my blog almost every day. Who am I fooling ? what am I doing and WHY ? But then I have joined this 29 faces challenge, so I should and I also have to keep going for the kids, but in my heart today I am lost and don't see the big reason why , well nevermind. I hope to feel better tomorrow.

Friday, September 14, 2012

29 Faces #13 and #14

Pushing myself with use of colours/styles and emotions
I notice this 29 Faces September challenge is a great way for me to push myself in using other styles and colours that I would not normaly pic and spill my emotionsa bit more. Today I am posting 2 faces (so I'll have one day off this weekend and I need it !) today I had some sweet thoughts that started after I woke and remembered a sweet dream I had last night....let's hope it does come true....

Thursday, September 13, 2012

"Shhhhh"- a face and a video

"Shhhhh" - charcoal on plaster on calico

here is face #12 for 29 Faces September. Still playing and experimenting, this time charcoal on my fresco material on calico.
Oh and I also uploaded my colour shading for a face :) ENJOY !

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

29 Faces #10

# 10 -Fingerpainted a little mermaid in a journal

" The Woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd
The Woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before "
-Albert Einstein-

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sunday, September 09, 2012

it happens- no -fool !

I usually am a content person and I fight my own way through most things. Also, I usually keep my dark sides hidden (nice and safe)
I usually refrain from using hard language and rather keep quiet
Today I felt the opposite of this all with a splitting headache because of this on top and I am therefore thankful for my art, it helps, it heals, it calms me down, this is my journal page for today and a face somehow for 29 Faces September

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Pippi ² - Deja Vu

Just HAD to share this...
You all know me as Pippi, from my avatar/old photo from when I was approximately 9 years old and when I won first prize in a dress up contest party. This set off my complete Pippi connection for life. I had always liked Pippi and thought she was my hero etc. etc., but after that prize, she and I merged somehow and she became my muse and alter ego spirit kind off gal :D
So this week, my daughter (al;most 9 now) wanted to dress up "like you mum !" for her bookweek parade at we did.....and here she is and just for fun I put that old photo of mine with hers in this post. Only noticed when I did this that Mr. Nilsson (the monkey) is on the other shoulder...

29 Faces #7

Prayer Flag - Fresco in Liquid Graphite

Friday, September 07, 2012

And the winner is........

It's time, it's time
Thank you all for playing !
It's 7 September here (only just still) so I will do this before midnight (our midnight, NZ is GMT + 12) 
So I entered all 321 names into an Excel sheet (trust me I did and it was great to see all the peeps that "like" me and comment etc.etc.) It feels good to have so many of you cheering me on ;)  alas there can be only one winner......... 
I did the boring number generator and ......tadadadadadadada.........number 48

which came with the following name...........CARMEN WING !
Congratulations Carmen !!! You now want to come join the Trodden Path (follow this link) and I will make sure that you will get a free pass into the FRESCO class. I hope you are going to enjoy the workshop !!!
To all the others, if you get the chance do join the Trodden Path, it's free to join and a great supportive community of artists. There are some great workshops, including some free ones and maybe you still like to join my FRESCO one, it's loads of fun, packed with information and very reasonable. Hope to see you on

29 Faces # 6

29 Faces - little quick pamflet journal I made for a friend

29 Faces # 5

For 29 Faces today I thought to repost this face/portrait with the post, because if you read carefully, today will be your last chance to go into the draw to win a spot in my newest on-line class !!! This is one of the projects in the classroom, this one is called "Medusa"


 I am teaching Fresco projects at the Trodden Path now 
and to celebrate this, I am giving away one FREE spot  !
If you like to be in to win:
* follow me here on my blog and leave a comment for one chance,
* like my Facebook page for a second chance
* blog, share or tweet about it for extra chances. 

I will be drawing the winner on September 7th

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

29 Faces # 4

29 Faces # 4
a faceshading study I did for a tutorial {video yet to be edited}

More encaustics - Hot Chick and Flower

A charcoal transfer on a plain beeswax "panel" in the middle with layered encaustic "frame" around. In French colours and with a funky fowl line sketch.
Also my favorite treeflower, the Pohutukawa, many yummie encaustic layers and even some embedded gold leaf ! Love da Wax !


29 Faces September # 3

Face # 3 from 29 Faces September

Monday, September 03, 2012

29 Faces # 1+2

29 Faces September, as is the challenge by Ayala Art, well why not give it a go huh ? Here are the first 2, profiles in liquid graphite (brown tinted on the left and green tinted on the right) made as a study/practice run for the use of this medium in my Coptic journal and with some added crackle

Organic Abstract

Organic Abstract one way
and upsidedownsideup - you choose

I call this piece "Organic Abstract" 
Organic because of the colours and the feeling it gives me. The colours actually are richer and deeper in real life. Some areas I still am not sure of, but this is my first finished abstract project {they never really worked for me before} Glycérine teaches an abstract class at the Trodden Path, you know where I also teach my Fresco (see last post) A great community Glycérine is a wonderful coach ! 
Check it out :)

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Give away time !

 I am teaching Fresco projects at the Trodden Path now 
and to celebrate this, I am giving away one FREE spot  !
If you like to be in to win:
* follow me here on my blog and leave a comment for one chance,
* like my Facebook page for a second chance
* blog, share or tweet about it for extra chances. 

I will be drawing the winner on September 7th

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Growing encaustic flowers

This is a work in progress and a look at my encaustic set up in the studio
On the table is a Pohutukawa flower on a wooden panel
You all know I am very fond of textures and different tactile experiences, this hot wax game is beautiful to work with, I am in love !