Dandelion on Cigar Box

Encaustic Wax
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The Beautiful Humble Dandelion 

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Dandelion Close up 

Dandelion on Cigar Box – Encaustic medium by Lillian Brue

This dandelion is hand drawn with pastels and then layers of encaustic medium is added and textured. A unique piece of art.

$65.00

 

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Fixing the painting and done

Painting

Argh. After finishing the other train station painting, I went back to this one. My brush stokes were all over the place. The brick work was messy, the people inside were too big for the space and it didn’t have enough depth. Nothing was standing out. Now I feel there’s more focus on the people and the cart.

It’s funny how you can create something and you think you’re done. Then you grow in your experience and your mind expands. Looking back, I think what was I thinking? How did I think I was done and it was all that?

I’m being entirely objective here. If you can’t stand back and look at your work with a discerning eye, how can you get any better? More than anything, I’m enjoying the process.

I can’t wait ’til spring when I can go paint outdoors. Perhaps my new mind’s eye will be as expansive the view.

It’s snowing today. I’ll be picking out one of my photos for my next painting. Enjoy.

#painting #amtrakstation #amtrak #acrylics #valuestudy #learning

Finished Painting

The one I thought was a finished painting.

Work in Progress. Make sure your easel is level when working with straight lines.

Underpainting with cerulean blue. I will start with burnt sienna or burnt umber from now on.

I’m calling this painting done!

Painting

The train station in the very early morning hour. This painting took longer than any painting I’ve ever done. I think I finally understand values and how important they are. I think I will stay in this lane for quite some time. In the meantime I’m going to study colors. Mixing, creating good greys and generally making friends with color. I loved the entire process. I think I’ve discovered true patience in creating.

Here are the steps again

Teaching encaustic painting

Encaustic Wax

Conducted a three-day workshop in Encaustics at V.E.S. this past week. The students were amazingly talented. On Friday I made a presentation to the entire school. A great week! @artwithmsthompson #artist #encausticart #encausticpainting #encausticartist #inspiration #creatingart #visitingteacher

Adding cool tones to the train station painting

Painting

I’m working with the shadows now. Adding cerulean blue and ultramarine blue. I see where I need to correct my values in the second picture where the blue light is on the floor. Overall, I’m enjoying the process of relearning basics and seeing the lights and darks. #alwayslearning #beginnermind #artist #ceruleanblue #ultramarineblue

Painting from my sketches

Acrylics

Beginning the underpainting for the train station with burnt sienna. Creating the sketches has really put me into the painting. From the perspective to the values. I still have some perspective to work on, but it’s feeling good. #perspective #brunaille #values #monotone #burntsienna #acryliconcanvas

Sketching the cook’s dilemma

sketching

Good morning pots. I know they want to be cleaned. I will contemplate them with my Tombow markers. Just a little pen for definition. Thirty minutes. I could have gotten lost in my phone that long. Less phone, more sketching. Onto the pots now.

#sketching #habit #tombowusa #micronpens

Sketching what’s on the kitchen table

sketching

I have a fever to draw every day. It’s akin to the morning pages habit in The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, which I have been doing since 1992.

Instead of words today; lines. Getting the shapes right. Putting the values in first. Then experimenting. Markers. Ink pens and white pens. I have to learn how to keep the details strong in the colored areas so I can see the flowers and still have the values. These Ecoline color markers bleed into each other which is what I wanted, but the Tombows bleed into the Ecolines. The Uni-ball Signo white pen covers well and I can keep layering as each one layer dries.

The glass shaker reminds me of a talented high school friend as I draw it. I think about his gift of drawing and the drawing he gave me of a still life with glass. I have it hanging in my studio. I wonder if he still draws and what happened to him. Albuquerque is a military town and people come and go.

Funny how things get you thinking. In honing my skills, there’s much to think about. Like not letting your talents or creativity go to waste.

#tombowusa #micronpens #uniballsignowhitepen #sketching #practice #experimenting