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A Wonderful Spring

June 18, 2016

Spring was just beautiful here in our part of the world. It stayed cool even at night, right up until two weeks ago. And then, after a few days of running the A/C, we had another bonus cool night, and were able to have the windows open.

If you know me, you know that this usually means lots of time outside puttering in the flower beds and getting a small vegetable garden planted. In between, I’ve spent quite a bit of time fussing with those new 8×8-inch panels, trying to resolve a few of them that didn’t want to cooperate. No new collages, though. I miss doing them. But now that the panels are ready for the gallery, I can take a break to play in the studio, making gelli prints and some collage.

Here’s a shot of my flower bed, and a few flower closeups:


Those irises are finished now, but then came the amaryllises:

Amaryllises April 17

And the Dutch irises:

Dutch Iris 4


And of course, the peonies.
Peonies 3

And here are a few of the new paintings. All are acrylics with texture on cradled panel, 8x8x2 inches. I finished 12 of these and shipped them to the gallery this week. Now on to the next thing.

Three New 06_16


15 Comments leave one →
  1. June 20, 2016 1:52 pm

    your garden photos are stunning, and now I am drooling over your textured pieces… wonderful!

  2. July 2, 2016 2:03 pm

    Hi Martha! I think that your beaded panels are fantastic! I also love the way that you use gel so that it resembles encaustic. Great work!

    • July 20, 2016 6:34 am

      Lynda, thank you for that nice feedback. I do love trying to simulate the look of encaustic. There are several reasons I don’t just go ahead and do encaustics. I love them, but they are a bit of a storage problem for me. I like having my paintings dry to a hardness that is no longer subject to temperature fluctuations and such. So that is the main reason I do acrylics instead.

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