Sunday, September 18, 2016

Encaustic Work

Magical Marsh
12 x 12
Encaustic on Board
© 2016 by Rebecca Croft

Last weekend I took an encaustic workshop.  Oh, what fun it was!  I felt like I was back in elementary school art class.  Encaustic means pigments that are burned in using wax.  It's an interesting technique that I have wanted to try because I like the way you can manipulate the wax for all types of textures.  You begin with a birch board and you lay melted bees wax on the board all over. You do this for two coats and then you melt two coats of melted medium on the board.  Your palette is actually like a plugged in skillet and the paints are like bars of soap that you melt onto your palette for painting onto the wax board.  You have to keep the wax & board warm in order to apply the paint. You need very good ventilation for all of this burning and melting and you have to be careful not to catch anything on fire or burn yourself.  I felt it to be a really fun creative process and I loved how my 4 paintings turned out.  This was the last one I did.  Stay tuned for other postings!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

SOLD! Washington Monument with Cherry Blossoms

Washington Monument in Spring
11 x 14
oil
© 2016 by Rebecca Croft

This lovely painting is going to a repeat Etsy buyer.  A lovely lady in South Carolina.  I do hope she'll be happy with it.  There's nothing like Washington D.C. on a warm spring day when the Cherry Blossoms are in bloom.  Spring is my favorite season but we're heading into fall and then... yuck winter!  

Monday, August 15, 2016

Kiawah Commission Complete

Kiawah Beach Sunset
30 x 40
Oil
© 2016 by Rebecca Croft

It's finished and my customer loved it!  So it will be shipped off to Georgia on Wednesday once it's completely dry.  I don't know what's going on but this is my fourth large commission this summer.  My first was 36 x 72, then two 36 x 48's, and one 30 x 40!  I think everyone must have much higher ceilings than I have!  My only wish is that more people would send me photos of them hanging in their homes.  I would love to see how they look.  Here's to more commissions!  I'm getting good at painting BIG and I like it:)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Kiawah Commission - Another Big One! 30 x 40

Example of Commission
30 x 40
Oil

I was commissioned to paint a Kiawah Island Beach Sunset Painting.  The client sent me this photo for the colors and gave me details of what she wants.  More sky, less dunes, more water and the sun setting on the water.  This will be a 30 x 40 oil painting.  I will be working on it this weekend.  I'll post of photo of the final product once it's finished!  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sold! The Lincoln Memorial

"The Lincoln Memorial"
12 x 16
Oil
© 2015 by Rebecca Croft

SOLD!  Having a good week.  Sold two paintings plus the commission.  This gem went to a man in Chantilly, VA so this is probably one of his favorite D.C. memorials.  I originally painted this for an art show that had to be paintings done in Arlington, Virginia.  I chose this view from the Virginia side of the Potomac River.