A Tiny Painting or Two

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Do you know what is fun? I do. It’s having 2 uninterrupted hours on a Thursday morning to paint with wax.

I signed Bex up for 2 year old preschool for just this very reason. I wake up at 7:30, and run to my little studio to turn on my wax pots. (No, I don’t talk sexy to them.) Then I get the kids reasonably dressed, shove some food in their faces, and send them off into the world. After a big dumb fist pump in the air, I make some iced green tea and get all busy.

I have a studio set up in our basement. It’s a kitchenette area, and it’s got great light and is right next to the bathroom in case I have to take an emergency pee. I’ll show you my studio another time- studio tours are fun.

I find it much easier to fit time into my day to write posts than to paint. Painting requires set-up, concentration and space. Things I don’t have with a tiny toddler around. With my laptop or camera, I can pretty much set up anywhere and leave it and come back to it as I please.

I also have built up making art into being way more stressful than it should be. When I was selling paintings, I got into the mindset of making what I thought would sell, and I can’t seem to shake that.

So…. I made a plan. I will only make little painting-sketches. They have to be fast and not planned out. And I am trying to turn off my internal dialogue as I paint- which is proving difficult. My internal ‘you suck’ voice is loud.

Here are the first paintings I’m willing to show…

encaustic painting dots


encaustic painting lines

Like any good sketches, they represent a beginning- a sort of dipping my toes back in without a whole lot of commitment. LALALA I’m not committing LALALA I’m just playin’ around. All casual and shit. LALALA



  1. 12/01/2011 / 3:36 pm

    I really like the layered affect with the wax. Fun and interesting designs!
    I have my son in preschool 2 days but it seems like before you know it its time to pick him up again!

  2. 12/02/2011 / 3:34 am

    I want to see more! I've never heard of wax paintings, how do you do them?

    • 12/02/2011 / 7:57 am

      I'll show more as I do them- I'm hoping they get really cool. SO cool looking that they burn everybody's eyes. It's called Encaustic, and you basically heat up a beeswax mixture and paint with it. They make colored wax, too, and you can embed stuff into the wax or carve it or do all sorts of great things.

  3. 12/02/2011 / 11:07 am

    How do you paint with wax? Is it resists with watercolor? They must get great texture effects! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Eila
    12/02/2011 / 12:26 pm

    Hey there Jeanette!
    So happy to see you've started making things again!!
    I think your stuff is cool.
    I still have 2 of the mugs and a 3 breasted thing you made at RISD!
    Aahh, Life with the little ones… I am glad you have found a window for YOU.

  5. 12/02/2011 / 1:00 pm

    Oh my eyes! Burning with awesome! Very cool to have some alone creative time. And to produce cool stuff as well. Which you most certainly have and will. I want a backstage tour!

  6. 12/02/2011 / 3:13 pm

    Hi Eila! I'm glad you've taken care of the triple-boobed sculpture all these many years!

  7. 12/02/2011 / 3:22 pm

    Nope- it's actually painting with melted wax. You keep it on a hotplate at a constant temperature and paint on a rigid surface so it doesn't crack off when it's cool. You can get great texture and layering. It's really fun!

  8. 12/07/2011 / 1:04 pm

    I've never heard of wax paintings either! Awesome. I feel like I would make the largest mess in the world if I tried making those. Show us more as you do them!

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