As with all great notions it started with a daydream; move to Alaska and settle down in a cozy cabin, next to a lake, with my beloved other, my dogs and family. Paint and make ART to my hearts content. It's been a long road, today I am fortunate to have realized that dream. My blog is mostly about ART and sometimes everything else.
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This painting is a result of a happy happenstance. We went to the Talentum Art Gallery to meet my
bohemian friend Martha Sanchez. Outside the gallery we noticed chairs placed on the wall in a colorful cavorting way, then we go
inside this place is twaneese, twaneese, too nice, too nice. Talentum is
located in the historic French district of San Jose, in an old mansion. Peter and I looked at all the great art upstairs
and downstaris and then sat down for some coffee and pie. Gilda (pronounced
Hilda) runs the show and makes pies out of tropical fruit we've never tasted anything so deliciouso. Sebastian the Chef/Artist
is divine. Martha shows her art
here and introduced me to a brilliant woman Gabrela Catarinella, besides being
an artist, speaks multiple languages, she is a microbiologist, and the director
of this beautiful gallery and bistro.
she found out I was an encaustic artist she became very interested and asked me
to teach her the process. She had already purchased some wax sheets and turpentine,
I sent her after a heat gun and some natural bristle brushes. She bought us a
gourmet lunch and after closing all of us went to the kitchen downstairs. I
demonstrated encaustic painting and Gabriela took over together we painted wax
all over her beautiful landscape. We had a blast!
Afterword Gabriela offered to pay me, ridiculous! I said, so
she gave me her oil painting of a child and told me to put encaustic wax on top
of it. Well I was so humbled and
grateful to be allowed to paint on another’s painting, I hope she approves. We did not have all the equipment that we
needed but it was just enough to get the idea and get her hooked on encaustic
painting. This slide show is for
As a long time Alaskan, I've noticed that were all obsessed with the sun and
with most in the winter there is not enough sunshine to keep my mood up
and in the summer there is too much sun, it shines way, way, way past sleeptime keeping me awake and hyper all
night long. Today in January the days have started to get a
little longer currently the hours of daylight are a full seven hours and
This time of year the slanted angle of the sun and the far Northern latitude
make for the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets that I have ever witnessed.
Sometimes the light is pure lavender in the sky and on the mountains, sometimes
the sky in powder blue, sometimes it’s lit up like a campfire, and sometimes
it’s every shade of pink God makes. Since I’ve lived here I have seen sundogs,
ice halos around the sun and the moon, phantom lights that I can’t explain and
northern lights. One thing for sure it’s never ho-hum .
As an artist and nature lover, I have contemplated the sunlight and the atmosphere
for decades, and as an artist I have the hubris to attempt to duplicate what I
see in nature through my art.
Winter Sunrise and Birch Trees has been a labor of love. At the beginning I
applied the Fibonacci sequence and the golden mean to make a pleasing
composition (this left brained activity made my head hurt) This painting was
developed in stages some areas have up to 10 layers of paint. To pump up the
paint and give the birch trees added texture and dimension I used cold wax
medium, the effect is one of hyper reality. The kind of experience we Alaskans
wish the rest of the world could experience.
Treat yourself to some serenity take this morning sunrise birch tree
painting home today.