Saturday, September 29, 2012


The name of this painting is, Shadow of an Angel. Can you find the angel?

  I will be donating it to an auction to supporting a wonderful children's art program in some of the poorest areas in San Miguel de Allende. I made this work 6 years ago, and at that time I didn't realize that all those dots had to be well fused into the surface. Many of them had popped off through the years. I used an encasutic hot pen to rebuild them all. Everything really is square, but my camera distorted it.



 The detail is of the carving I did into the encaustic surface.




I have a few more of this series that I intend to freshen up and make sure that the surface is stable and permanent.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012

private encasutic class



 Jannet from Toronto Canada came to my studio yesterday for an advanced technique workshop. She decided that she wanted me to show her as many techniques as possible in our 5 hours together, rather than work on her own paintings.
 So we covered transfers using acetone; easy laser transfers from parchment paper; using water sprays to create lava-like textures; carving; molding encaustic shapes; oil glazes; using charcoal; India ink, drawing on rice paper and embedding; hot pen drawing with encaustic and more.

Jannet took lots of notes and studied the hundreds of photos of participants' work in scrapbooks that I keep.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Encasutic eggs




I made a few more birds' nest paintings. These are small, just 10" x 10". They seem to be a cross between painting and sculpture. The eggs are encaustic, one covered in gold leaf, another is silver and the third pure encaustic.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Gallery installation of "Fantasy Females"
I just checked the spam folder on this blog and found several comments that were not spam - of course there were lots of suggestions on medication to improve my sex life - if I were a man.
  It seems that if your comment was not signed it went into spam. Thank you to those who took the time to comment and sorry that I didn't respond in a timely manner.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

What inspires artists?


I am planning on writing a once a month newsletter on artistic inspirations. Of course I have my own thoughts which are personal that I will share, and I will interview some other artists for their input. Please sign up for the free newsletter and I would love to hear about your thoughts on inspiration.

Also I will post, within a day or two, another video on the process of a couple of my "Fantasy Females" from beginning to end. Here is a photo taken early in the creation.

Would you like to see more of this kind of thing?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

2 sold encasutic paintings

Elote - note the carving of the Corn God in the left corner.

The Altar
During the 2 day encaustic workshop that just ended, one of the participants bought two of my paintings. Looks like setting up my home as a gallery was a good idea.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

New encaustic painting



Detail
I scraped an older painting down to the board and made this one. I feel it will be a start to a new series of nest/egg paintings.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Updated website

Please check out my revised website and let me know if you find it easy to maneuver . There may still be some glitches that I have missed, so I am open to criticism. 
http://ezshwan.com

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Beautiful review

I just read this review of my memoir on Amazon, and I am touched and humbled. I don't know the person who wrote it, but I hope to meet her someday.
If you are interested in reading my story, you can download it in digital form:
An Artist's Memoir, Fireworks at Dawn:
http://tinyurl.com/9s37z7y


I found Ezshwan's amazing encaustic work online. All of her images are so well executed. I love her use of color and texture. Looking into the eyes of the portraits she paints, one can almost feel life in the images. I have been amazed with the variety and scope of her art, so I knew at once I would love to read her memoir.
I settled into a comfy chair on my deck and spent the entire day reading. This was my Summer read and it was greatly satisfying. True to the scope and variety of her art so it was/is with her life. It is amazing how harsh realities and struggle can shape a life into one who shares so readily and brings such beauty into the lives of others. Ezshwan is very much an inspiration to me and many others and I hope one day to meet her.
Ezshwan bravely tells her story in a heartfelt authentic way. I would highly recommend this read for anyone who wants to see genuine accomplishment and preservation through grace under pressure. Thank-you for sharing Ezshwan. :) 


 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Welcome to my home gallery

Living room
  
I have hung a lot of paintings in my home to prepare for an open house/open studio in October. Here is a preview of how it is shaping up. What do you think about home shows? And do you have any suggestions for portable walls? I am thinking of something like a strong folding screen.

Dinning area

Entrance hall

Hall

Bedroom

Bedroom



Hall


Entrance to living room.

Between kitchen and dinning area

Kitchen

Hall

Lots of replacement paintings when needed

studio

Studio