Thursday, April 4, 2013

Coming Together, Finishing Up and the Encaustic Rhino


Rhino
encaustic 30 x 30
 

 Its an exciting day when things come together.  I've been really perplexed on a couple of paintings and how to finish them - to bring them to completion.  My Rhino friend here has been one of them.  She has been hanging around the studio for months - shifting from one place to another... waiting.  I really love her - and I wanted to finish her, but the background was really not working.  She is one of the paintings that came from Flora Bowley's class back in the fall.  Her texture and colors are really perfect for a Rhino and I just couldn't get myself to paint over her and have her become just another layer for something new.  There were some close calls - when I felt that maybe those two peaks on her back would make a good start to a landscape - like some sort of mountains in the background.  Yet, I couldn't do it - I couldn't paint over her.  So she sat... and sat.
Until Friday last week... finally, the background came together after a few tries.  I guess it goes to show that the paintings sometimes need to come together on their own.. at their own pace - when they are ready. 

Also, I couldn't resist sharing some photos from my show - I was so worried about having enough work and really... there is plenty.   I've already sold two - YAY!  
 
Show at Coldwell Banker Bain
Edmonds, WA
April 1-30, 2013
Show at Coldwell Banker Bain
Edmonds, WA
April 1-30, 2013

40 comments:

  1. OH, Marji, that rhino is just absolutely FABULOUS and AWESOME!! You knew I would LOVE her!!! SOOO glad she survived and did not become a landscape:-) Your show looks FANTABULOUS. Bravo to you!

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  2. Oh wow, the Rhino is fantastic - definitely worth the wait. And your show looks wonderful - how exciting!

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  3. Your use of color in that rhino is amazing! I'm so glad you give yourself time to figure it out. Sometimes it just happens like that, I think. Your show looks wonderful and congratulations on your sales!!! I'm not surprised, because your work is so beautiful.

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  4. That Rhino tookmy breath away! It is awesome, the colours textures and everthing. Your show loks good.

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  5. your rhino is fantastic! i'm so glad you didn't pain over her. i love how she turned out!
    happy Easter, happy PPF and thanks for sharing!
    hugs,
    peggy aplSEEDS

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  6. Congratulations on your show and sales and I am so glad you didn't paint over the beautiful rhino :)

    Karen x

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  7. Congratulations on your sales and fab art show, would love to have been there to see them for reals. Wow....the Rhino is simply awesome, such wonderful textures and colours. Am sure you will have many more sales. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. Glad to here that your show went well, I do so much like your swimming paintings :)

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  9. Happy PPF. I love your rhino, she is beautiful and there is a softness to her that I feel is such a contrast to how large these animals are. You have given her real heart. xox

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  10. I'm glad you didn't paint over the rhino, she looks just beautiful! Love all the colours. Yes, some paintings just take their time to be finished. The show looks terrific!

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  11. This is one beautiful Rhino!!! just gooooorgeous and the fotos from you show....wow....Happy PPF to you ....

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  12. I'm so glad you didn't paint over her because she is just beautiful!! Congrats on the art show and your sales!

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  13. I love your rhino! Great, strong and fantastic Colors. The photos from your Show are amazing. You must be a lucky woman.
    HPPF and hugs
    Erika

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  14. I am so glad you didn't paint over the rhino - I think this might well be my favourite piece of yours so far - and it's up against some very stiff competition! The colours are just wonderful and the texture. I'm so glad you persevered with the background as it is perfect!!
    Your exhibition pieces look amazing all hung together like that and congrats for having sold two already!!

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  15. Your work is great, all the pieces are good and the rhino is original and is curiously sweet case of such a large animal. Congratulations on your beautiful art production. Saludos

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  16. The background is perfect for this awesome rhino. Congrats on the show. All your work together looks fantastic. Thank you. Happy PPF!

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  17. Congratulations on the show! I love this rhino, especially the pose and coloring

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  18. Totally fabulous and a fantastic show - congratulations! Valerie

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  19. this is awesome, marji! I'd love to see your show in person. no surprise you've sold two already -- i am sure you will sell more, too! xo

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  20. Rhino is beautiful, so full of life and weight and the background is perfect! The show looks fantastic, congratulations on your sales! <3

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  21. so glad you held off on painting over the rhino...the end result is gorgeous! congrats on your show too...it looks amazing. happy PPF!

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  22. Wonderful Marji and congrats on the show! HPPF!

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  23. Marji, I am such a big fan of your beautiful art. I especially love the swimsuit 4. Wish I could see the exhibit and congrats on your sales.

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  24. Beautiful Marji, congratulation. Your paintings look beautiful, simply beautiful. you could not find better colours for your rhino. you are right that sometimes we just have to give our paintings time. Time to turn up. Your paintings are so beautiful because you have great style and talent and because there is so much heart in your art. You are truly inspiring, thank you !

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  25. First off the gallery looks amazing! If the swimmers haven't sold I have no doubt they will...so spectacular!! As for your Rhino he is coming right at us!! Also gorgeous, powerful and strong!! I could see him in a mans office!! Glad you stuck with him!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  26. Have you ever shown your art in Colorado? I swear I saw your swimmers there in a huge art gallery in Denver?! No? Someone else stole your ideas then! ;-))
    Your show looks superlative! No wonder you've sold two already.
    I love the Rhino too. Love his humps, his colors, the dripping wax in the background. AWESOME!!!! How big is it?

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  27. that rhino is breathtaking. The light, texture, form, it's all incredible. It feels like he's moving towards me, but I can't stop looking at all his colors. Wow!! And your show looks great too!!

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  28. Wow.. Impressive work. So glad you didn't paint over it. I really do believe paintings need to sit until that inspiration hits and can be finished. Well done. Nice line up of work at your show too. Congrats on the sale..Hope you sell more.

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  29. Oh and thanks for the 'Rafter' reference too. Who knew. :)

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  30. Wow - so glad you didn't paint over that fantastic rhino. I just love your artwork - congratulations on your show and sales. I would hang that rhino in my home proudly! Just gorgeous! HPPF (sorry for all the exclamations - just how I felt after seeing him)

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  31. Oh Marji your rhino is STUNNING!!! And congrats on selling your beautiful apintings-you're an incredible artist. Happy PPF!

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  32. great art well done on the show hope you make loads of sales

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  33. Thanks for visiting and I think you are right about the balloon (and cake!)

    Thanks !

    Karen x

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  34. Congratulations on a terrific show. Everything looks great hanging there. Hope they soon all have those heartwarming little "sold" stickers on them!

    The rhino turned out great too.

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  35. Oh wow! Your show looks fantastic! And I'm in love with that Rhino. :)

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  36. The Rhino is awesome but your show is exquisite
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  37. Congrats on conducting a fabulous show. Love the layers and shades on your Rhino.

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