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Friday, June 24, 2011

Shattered Hearts

"But you cut me quick
In the light of the shade,
On the edge of the green
Of the yard's sharpest blade..."
Sharpest Blade, by Over the Rhine

These are a pair of paintings I did last year. It was when I first started experimenting with encaustic painting. I love this medium! Now that summer's here I have cleared that part of my art room and am eager to start in again.  You must have adequate ventilation (open windows and exhaust fan) for the fumes but it's worth it. I've been stockpiling all kinds of new colors of encaustic paint every time I visit Blick Art Supply so we shall see what develops in the coming weeks. I'm still new at it but I'm ready to bring out the torch and see what I can come up with. Don't tell hubby but I've got a new torch, too! I'll be careful not to burn the house down...  ;) The first painting is called Shattered Hearts.

The second painting is called Bleeding Hearts. It's done over an old painting I bought at a store and then decided I didn't like so I thought I would just paint my own! ;) So these are my heart paintings for today.

For this week's Paint Party Friday I wanted to contribute something so I thought I would show you a different medium. Be sure to check out all the other entries. There is always a great deal of eye candy there! ;)

29 comments:

David Allen Waters said...

beautiful, both word and art.

Hugs

Heather said...

LOL, yes, don't burn the house down. I love seeeing encaustic work, it's fascinating to me. your pieces are lovely, really!!!! happy ppf

craftattack said...

Love these painting, perhaps I will try it someday. The fire brigade is stationed wuite nearby....Valerie

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Wow..both are beautiful! The first feels like a fragmented symbolic language telling a deep story...and then as it unfolds..youunderstand it instantly..wow..I love this..

The second one..woah...stunning and pucnhes me with such beauty and power and depth!!
you are awesome!!
Victoria

Micael Chadwick said...

I can't figure encaustics out. I tried. Got mad. Threw it all in the trash and cussed a lot.

You however, are amazing.

But you knew that.

Love these. I really dig the violence of the second piece. Reminds me of that old Bush song and the line "There no sex in your violence." Great piece.

Christine said...

learn something new every day. First I'm hearing of this encaustic painting. But your work is lovely...if sombre topic.

peggy gatto said...

I love both, but encaustic is my favorite!
Lovely!!

Franz said...

Beautiful!!
Have a nice weekend!

Gloria said...

Hi Pam, Happy PPF to you and enjoy your weekend. Your bleeding heart is beautiful. I love it!! They actually do look like they are bleeding. Very nice!

Netty said...

Terrific work, Happy PPF, Annette x

Cameron said...

Hearts are a powerful subject.... I love the richness these have :)

Thank you so much for choosing to become a follwer of my art/life adventure!

Hugs,
Cameron

Bill said...

I'm just starting to get comfortable with liquid acrylics, and here you are using a blow torch! Holy cow! Both are very cool. I love the glass pieces. The second one looks like a bloody mess. That's what it's suppose to, right? :O)

carlarey said...

Wow, these are really great. I am not brave enough to try an art form that requires an open flame.

Jenny Blair said...

oh wow, love the bleeding hearts piece....so effective. Encaustic painting sounds like fun..its something I've yet to try, so its great to see being used!...fancy doing a little video tutorial ?! :)x

Pam Tucker said...

Bill: LOL! Yes, it's supposed to. :)

Jenny: Oh, lordy, you don't want to see me on video. Thank goodness I don't own a video camera. *shudders*

Most of what I've learned so far has come from the book "Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide to Creating Fine Art With Wax" by Lissa Rankin. Tons of info there!

Darla said...

Uh-oh! I think you hooked me. I am going to have to check out encaustic paints now. I may have to get instructions from you later.

Theresa said...

O yay for you! I love trying new mediums!

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Cool technique! The textures are wonderful.

Clare said...

I love the bleeding hearts it has a certain elusive feel about it - the words of the poem are very powerful.

Christine Krauss said...

LOVE your encaustic work Pam! I'm really looking forward to seeing new works in this medium! Super-fab! I always love seeing your new eye candy:0))))))))))) Gorgeous! xxx <3

J~ said...

So so very beautiful! I think these are my very favorite of all your work that I've seen so far.

EVA said...

Great pieces. I especially like the bleeding hearts!

Encaustic art looks fascinating. Looking forward to seeing more of yours. I hope you show us your process too, Pam!

Tammie said...

wonderful idea to paint over and old painting that you do not care for. There are so many of those in the world. Yea for recycling.

these are both deep and full of feeling, great to see your art Pam.

Pam Tucker said...

Thank you all so much for your comments! I'm really hoping to get busy on more encaustic painting in the coming weeks. Your comments really encouraged me. I appreciate it! :)

La Abela said...

Oh! how strong is your work ... "bleeding hearts" is great .....Saludos

Her Speak said...

I have been DYING to try encaustic! You've inspired me. :) Happy PPF!

Gerri Herbst said...

beautiful encaustic painting.thanks for visiting this weekend.take care, gerri

Pat Tillett said...

Wow! Beautiful!
Okay, I looked up encaustic and now I know what it means! It means these things are awesome! You are so talented...

Pam Tucker said...

Thank you Pat! You always make my day when you visit! :)