Process : ‘Sometimes it Takes Darkness’ painting

I love it when artists share their processes, and the ways a painting gets started to where it ends up. I am a big fan of layers. I will be working on at least 5-6 paintings at once, all at different stages. That way, there is always something new to work on, my layers have time to dry before I start the next one, and if I don’t like something I did, I can cover it up with the next layer.

I will be putting together little collages (and maybe a video one of these days), showing how my paintings grow from the beginnings, through their ‘rough’ phase, and to the finished painting.

First up, a painting called ‘Sometimes it Takes Darkness’. This painting started back in early 2016. I was trying out blocking on a canvas with tape, to create a very straight line. I was also trying different encaustic wax techniques, like spreading the wax over a textured surface in various colours. I liked the effect, but the painting felt too full of straight lines. I sat it aside for a few months and then started collaging over what I had done. I used paper as well as embossing foil, giving it a shiny appearance. This time I liked the results.

Sometimes it Takes Darkness process
‘Sometimes it Takes Darkness’ process


Sometimes it Takes Darkness final
‘Sometimes it Takes Darkness’ final (© 2016 Kimberli Werner, ‘Sometimes it takes darkness’, encaustic wax, acrylic, embossing foil, glitter, collage on canvas, 8” x 10”.)


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An Opening

Work in Progress

I can’t believe it’s already been almost four years since I started playing around with encaustic wax, collage, and paint.

It took me another 2 years to gather up the courage to put some of my new work ‘out there’, on social media for others to see.

And, here we are two more years gone and I now have a website, have entered a few exhibitions, and am ready to start showing more of my new work.

Some of you might remember my last incarnation as a paper-cutter, making greetings cards and artwork under the business name, The Red Corvid. (don’t google it looking for my old website, as it isn’t there. Someone bought the name and is now using it for their own business, totally unrelated to what I did). But, here’s a little photo of my best selling card:

There came a point, making those paper-cuts, where it didn’t feel like a good fit anymore. It was too controlled, too clean, too precise. I felt like I had moved on, but they hadn’t.

So, I started playing with encaustic wax, collage, and paints. I took a few workshops and online courses and felt challenged and freer and creative again. This also helped me to make the decision to close the paper-cut business and move on.

So, now what? Well, I am not exactly sure what this next incarnation will look like. As of now, I will exhibit my originals in exhibitions, I will sell prints of my work on Society6, and I will sell travel accessories printed with my macro-photography on VIDA. I will have an occasional newsletter, (you can sign up on any page of my website). I will also try to blog with my painting process, macro-photography, products I offer, and finished paintings. In the meantime, follow me on Instagram and Facebook.




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