Promise Yourself

Art, Encaustic Wax, Painting

From the Optimist Creed:

“Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.”

Including leaving out the word ‘that.’ Or the kerning is not tight enough. I’m posting my art habit, good or bad. This will be different tomorrow. #encausticartist #doingthework #successhabits #discipline #ineeddeadlines

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Connection

Art, Encaustic Wax, Inspiration, Painting

Connection stayed in my mind the entire time I worked on this piece. Not just because of these trees, but because of crows. I learned from a dear soul friend that when crows gather on your house after someone has passed, it is a sign of your ancestors. Every time we head south the trees at the LYH airport stand tall and pose for me. I anticipate them and I hope for a good shot while we’re moving. I imagine their root systems touching each other like their branches do. Very magical.

I’m connecting with my encaustic medium again and it’s speaking to me.

This is a photo transfer. I got it right this time. Many many layers in this. #encaustic #connection #artist #Photography #Phototransfer #Ineeddeadlines #successhabits #discipline #makingarteveryday #Inthegroove #crows #ancestors

Lillian Brue Art - Trees at the airport

Trees at the LYH Airport by Lillian Brue, 4″ x 8″

Encaustic Painting

Trees at the LYH Airport, 4″ x 8″ unframed, encaustic medium (Beeswax and damar resin)

$125.00

Creative things I learned today

Art, Encaustic Wax, Photography

Encaustic medium allows me to create interesting work with texture and layers that I love. I want to keep my creative habit going. I haven’t worked with encaustic in six months. I see it waiting for me everyday. Today is the day.

This is a small experiment with a photo in black and white, printed on my laser printer. I rubbed the photo onto the wax, wet it and pulled the paper off. This is a hot mess (encaustic joke).

  • I learned that you have to rub very hard for the image to transfer.
  • When printing, you have to flip the image.
  • High contrast is best.
  • It doesn’t matter what you put under the image in terms of color.
  • When you put wax over the top, you have to use a BIG brush or you will get globs.
  • You will need several transparent layers of wax or in reheating the newly applied wax, the printed transfer will FLOAT! Argh.

#doingthework #successhabits #discipline #ineeddeadlines #encausticwax #imagetransfer

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31 Paintings in 31 Days – Day 16

Art, Painting, Pastel

When I thought of the word angular, I thought of Superman’s jaw. Ha! This is a practice in perspective and a busy traffic scene. So much going on in the picture I took. I don’t like the paper I used for this scene. I’ll try other kinds. Goodnight.

Strathmore 400 series. White. #HTP31in31 #habit #discipline #deadlines #dothework

31 Paintings in 31 Days – Day 5

Art, Fun, Painting, Pastel, sketching

I’ve only been looking at the prompts for Inktober the day of so I can be quick about what to create. Last night I glanced at the list and it is Chicken today.

A lot of problem solving and AHA’s come to me while doing the dishes and I knew I wanted to paint one of my rooster photos.. This is what happens in our house; I call out, “Honey, is a rooster a chicken or is a rooster just a rooster?” Husband answers, “Is a man a human, or is a man just a man?” Problem solved.

Just trying to be true to the challenge, my first rooster chicken. I can see where I can improve. This is progress.

Once again Strathmore Pastel 400 series, salmon color, 9 x 12. Funny how white turns out blue against this paper. #HTP31in31  img_8106

31 Paintings in 31 Days – Day 3

Art, Painting, Pastel

In keeping with the spirit of Inktober 2018 – Day 3 my idea for roasted is a chicken. Chickens are the gift that keeps on giving. I can make at least three more meals out of one chicken. A little lemon pepper and salt and those veggies make a yummy gravy. I got the idea to add carrots, celery and onions from Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. That Guy Fieri knows how to EAT!

This piece is on Strathmore Pastel paper 400 series, 9 x 12. In rethinking this I should have let the paper peek through more. It’s a little overworked and do you think I used enough pastels? Some good learning in this piece.  #HTP31in31 #guyfieri #dinersdriveinsanddives img_8090

En Plein Air for the Summer

Acrylics, Art, En Plein Air, Encaustic Wax, Painting, Pastel

We have started our painting outdoors for the summer!  Nancy, Terri and I went out to Seaman’s Orchard where you can pick your own strawberries, blueberries and cherries. The other fruit you can pick isn’t ready yet, but all of the above are delicious! Blueberries should be really ready soon. Really a beautiful setting and the views…….

If I’m going to be honest, I’ve been in an artistic bump in the road. I’ve been taking a lot of classes and really learning. The classes leave my mind full and excited. I hadn’t used my pastels or been outdoor painting for over a year and I was RUSTY! All my new found knowledge and now I don’t know how to paint anymore. That ugly FEAR that sits on your shoulder, landed on mine and the only thing I have been painting with is GESSO. I have started one painting of this tower at our local high school and I’m on the third Gesso rendition. In the case of my pastels, I brushed off the pigment and I sprayed alcohol on pages of pastel paintings to be painted over. In my encaustic paintings,  I’ve been melting whatever I put down and starting over. Just fusing layers of light grey onto a substrate.

All the ideas are here. They’re just waiting for me to open the gates to an actual breakthrough in manifesting.

I am pushing through it. I’ve been here before and got through it to be very successful in my career.

This was the first painting I have felt good about in over a month. There’s still work to be done.

JUST KEEP MAKING A MESS!

 

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

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