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We Can’t Help It!!

Is she really adding stripes? YES!!! Why?  I don’t know!!…..Do you ever have a feeling as an artist or a buyer that you have no control over what you do as an artist or like as an art lover?  It’s just there or it’s not and you can’t explain why. When someone asks you as an art lover “What do you like”, I most often answer, “I’ll know it when I see it.”

So for all those art lovers out there who can’t “help” what they like….just a little secret….we artists can’t “help” what we paint!  I may not be speaking for all the artist’s of the world but when I’m in my studio it’s this bubble of feeling like you can’t make a mistake because every drop of paint or encaustic or paper or any medium you use to create your work WILL without your consent END UP EXACTLY WHERE IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE.  I feel possessed almost and my husband will ask me, What’s it going to look like?, What are you going for here?” and I can’t answer him most often except to say…”he*% if I know!”  I’m just along for the ride!

And the ride is so exhilarating that you can’t breathe sometimes and you step back to look at your work and you think “where the He*% did that come from” or “Did I do that?”  “I couldn’t possibly have done that, I’m not that talented”, but there it is on the canvas and I love it.  Not another soul on the planet may love it, but I do and it came from a place inside me from which I do not know and that alone creates a sacredness about the piece that makes it ok if someone else doesn’t like it.  They don’t have to. The process was sacred to me.

So here we are with my latest piece and my first outdoor show (I’m used to indoor comforts) in one month and this piece literally came from nowhere in a matter of days.  It is very similar to my familiar style but there where some moments here and there, like the stripes and some free-handed painting that just happened and felt so familiar that I wanted to share with you all.

Artists, let your muse do the work for you today and art lovers, love what you love without feeling it necessary to explain why.  We like what we like and it’s all for the same reason….WE CAN’T HELP LOVING IT AND WE CAN’T HELP PAINTING IT!

As always, love and light  WK

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Using the same technique with different mediums….what in the world will happen?

I’ve fallen so in love with Encaustic lately but I still love my acrylic technique so much, so I’m just going for it and playing around….remember to always just play and have fun!! so here I am playing around with using the exact same taping and collaging techniques except using encaustic instead of acrylic.  If you look at a lot of my shape based pieces you’ll see I”ll focus on either triangles, squares or rectangles….well with this encaustic piece I not only set aside the acrylic but used both squares and triangles….How DARE I????   🙂  But it was so so fun….so here is the result, let me know what you think and  leave a comment or “Like” it or just look at it and say “what the heck was she thinking”…..but just have a look ….. that’s all we should care about is putting what the muses give us on the substrate given us, whether it’s canvas, wood or notebook paper, then let others do what they will with it….(but I do love my comments I must say!!! 🙂  Peace and Light to you my friend.  WK

When transfers goes wrong but oh, so right!

Well, I Had great ideas for a transfer on top of this piece and it didn’t quite work out, however, the end result did!  Remember JUST PLAY and see what happens and I did with only a little fear (I wish I could say I was fearless trying to put on the transfer) but the texture was just not smooth enough so the transfer didn’t take, but to my surprise I fell in love with the final result.  The majority of this encaustic is with hand made encaustic using the tip I gave in the earlier post……and the substrate is wood remnants from home depot just happening to equal 24″x18″  yeah!!  So this piece of encaustic was not only fun but cheap….however I must admit I do want to go buy some encaustic board to work on a smoother surface to experiment some more with transfers….  But here’s the final product and will go up for sale on and Prints at Red Bubble

Another piece that was just PLAYING AROUND ( do you sense a theme growing here???)

Also check out for some amazing encaustic work!

As always if you liked this post “Like it” below or rate it or even comment….would LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear from you!  Peace And Light to you and yours…. WK

When creating art…why just play? PLUS a little trick….

When creating art why just relax and play….BECAUSE THAT’S THE WAY IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE…FUN!  If you’ve been reading you know I’ve been just playing around with encaustic.  And just a list tip…Encaustics are EXPENSIVE….so I have a little tip….

  • If you take beeswax that you can by at any art or hobby store…mix a small amount of the beeswax with an artist oil pastel (I got the cheap kind knowing what I would be doing with it)  Let it melt and mix…it works like a charm and you have all the colors you want without spending $60 for 6 colors….  just a little tip


NOW, don’t get me wrong I LOVE LOVE LOVE the brand of Encaustic shown and that’s the starter kit I got….I love them but they are pricy to say the least so if you’re playing…like me….some cheaper alternatives are nice.

So I’m driving home from seeing my parents the other night and the sun was setting in such a way the it looked like a trophy descending from the sky…..the sun with the beam of rays coming out in triangle form was just breathtaking and since I’m not the type to come home, whip out my oil paints and create a life-like representation…if you know me I’m just not built that way….it has to be weird and have a little bit of my touch of crazy so here’s my encaustic sunset.  The biggest complement I got, from my husband who although is my biggest fan highly prefers me sitting down and doing a representational oil painting that looks like a photograph….anyway he said…it looks like a trophy!!!  I squealed and said “That’s exactly what it looked like!!!  Thank you!!”  He looked at me like I was crazy thinking…that wasn’t meant to be a compliment but it was to me!!!  My husband paints too and you should see the two of us at an art festival together….it’s hysterical!!  We can’t find each other because we’re always stopping at different tents with exact opposite art!!

But anyway…here’s my crazy version of the sunset and I hope you like it as much as I had fun playing making it.  This is my first BIG encaustic piece.  The others were small 6”x4” boards.  This is 24”x 18″…. So this was a big step for me…

So if you want to play with encaustic, try the tip I gave above and go at it.  You may just fall in love as I have.  A good book to look at as well is

As always if you like the above post “LIKE” it below if you feel up to it, comment if you wish but most of all JUST PLAY!!!   Love and light….WK

Layering Encaustic

As you know, I am literally just playing around with Encaustic right now with no classes or anything.  I did find a  great class in July that I plan to take to REALLY learn how to use it but I figure there’s no harm in playing until then!

  • I did read you can make your own encaustic bars with beeswax and artists oil pastels…it works great!  It’s a very inexpensive alternative!
























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First Encaustics

This is my first attempt at playing around with Encaustic….

I LOVE IT!!!!! And can’t wait to play more!!!

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