Product : ‘Spirit of Celebration’ prints and more

The original of this painting, ‘Spirit of Celebration’, is an 8″ x 10″ sized painting, and you can buy it in prints, framed prints, wooden wall art, or as a throw pillow, rectangular pillow, floor pillow, greetings card, tote bag, notebook, or carry-all pouch!

© 2016 Kimberli Werner, ‘Spirit of Celebration’, encaustic wax, acrylic, pastel and collage on canvas, 8” x 10”.

 

 

 

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Process : ‘Mantra’

Don’t you 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.

Here is the next in my series, showing how my paintings grow from their beginnings, through their ‘rough’ phase, and to the finished painting.

This is from my finished painting, ‘Mantra’. It is one of my favorite paintings, so far. This one was, at the time I painted it, the largest painting I had attempted, at 12″ x 24″.

I started with adding a lot of collage to cover up the white space. Some of that collage is made of the paper towels that I used to clean up my paint spills, some old maps, and some embossing foil.

In the second photo, you can see where I peeled off the foil, leaving a shiny abstract landscape. I was having a yellow color moment, in the third photo, and I covered it mostly in a Cadmium Yellow, straight from the tube. Then, came a bit of green and a bit of red, and some etching of squiggles through the paint and layers. On top of all that, I added some gold encaustic wax, spreading it around randomly. And, finally, I added some white paint on top of it all, rubbing it in with my fingers so it appeared cloud-like, and also so you could see the layers below it.

'Mantra' painting process

'Mantra' painting process
‘Mantra’ © 2017 Kimberli Werner, encaustic wax, collage, pastel, on gypsum board, 12″ x 24″ (30cm x 60cm).

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Behind-the-Scenes : Art Workshop

One method I use for inspiration, and to sometimes kickstart me into painting again if I have hit a lull, is to attend a workshop. Recently, I attended a workshop called “Landmarks” with Alice Fox, at Lund Gallery near Easingwold. It was three days of immersion into the landscape, drawing, walking, rust printing, eco-dyeing, mono-printing, fabric dyeing, stitching, mark making, and then finally, tiny-book making. My fellow workshop attendees were from all walks of art-making, which provided fascinating conversations and approaches to the projects.

Here are a few photos from those days.

Rust printing
Rust printing, using rusty metal objects and watercolour paper, with a layer of waterproof tissue on top to keep everything damp.

 

Eco-dyeing bundles
Each of these bundles was created from silk fabric with leaves and plants smashed between the layers, then steamed and/or dipped in tea for the amazing colours.

 

Mark making
Some of the marks I made while walking, on rust printed pastel paper.

 

Leaf prints, eco-dyeing
This is one layer of my results from my eco-dyeing experiment.

 

Tiny Book
This little book, was the end result of my three days in the workshop. Each “page” holds a little bit of everything we tried – rust printing, mono-printing, mark making, drawing, eco-dyeing, and more.

 

Class Projects
This is an overview of the results from the rest of the class ~ lots of stories in there.

 

Close-up of a Butterfly Wing
While this looks like it could have been eco-dyed, it is actually a macro photo of a butterfly wing I found during class.
Birch bark
This is a macro photo of curling birch tree bark, from a tree near the workshop.
 
Feather Detail
This is a macro photo of a feather I found during the workshop.
 

 

 

 

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Product : ‘It Simply Happened’ prints and more

The original of this painting, ‘It Simply Happened’, is an A5 sized painting, and you can buy it in prints,  a framed print, or as a pillow, greetings card, tote bag, notebook, or carry-all pouch

‘It Simply Happened’
© 2015 Kimberli Werner, ‘It Simply Happened’, encaustic wax on khadi paper, A5 size.

 

 

 

 

 

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Inspiration

Inspiration finds me at odd moments. I usually try to carry my camera with me to catch these moments, but sometimes I just have to remember. A lot of times, it is a colour that I will notice that I want to try to replicate. Or maybe the way the light is hitting a leaf or branch. Or maybe I just want to see what happens when I dribble some ink on the paper and take a roller over it, and I can enjoy the randomness and chaos of the results. I also really like macro photography, and try to take macro photos of my work-in-progress, to really see what is happening at the inner levels of the painting.     

Abstract Greens Photo
© 2009 Kimberli Werner
Close-up of painting showing similar brush strokes to photograph above
Close-up of Work in Progress, © 2018 Kimberli Werner
Close-up of gate at the Guggenheim Collection, Venice
Close-up of gate at the Guggenheim Collection, Venice, © 2015 Kimberli Werner

 

Close-up of Work in Progress
Close-up of Work in Progress, © 2018 Kimberli Werner

  

 

 

 

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Process : Video

Here’s a short video, showing a roller technique. I squeezed the paint directly from the tube onto the board, in large, thick, lines. Then, I took a roller and rolled it all together, for a gorgeous effect.

 

 

 

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Product : ‘Vanishing’ prints and more

The original of this painting, ‘Vanishing’, is an A4 sized painting, and you can buy it in prints, a framed print, or as a pillow, greetings card, tote bag, notebook, or carry-all pouch!  
“Vanishing”, original painting
© 2017 Kimberli Werner, “Vanishing”, encaustic wax, collage, pastel, on card stock, A4 size.

 

 

 

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Behind-the-Scenes

Here I am, posing with some of my paintings, both final pieces and works-in-process.

Me, posing with my paintings.
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Process : Art Journal pages

Don’t you 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.

Here is the next in my series, showing how my paintings grow from their beginnings, through their ‘rough’ phase, and to the finished painting. This is a page from my Art Journal. I don’t often play around in my art journal, as I sometimes get stuck n the notion of “What if I like the end product too much and then can’t tear it out of the journal because there will be another painting on the back!”. I know, it sounds silly, but I do like just playing around on the canvas instead.

Anyway, so this one I started with a Rorschach test. I am not sure what you see, but I saw two blobby people with surprised looks on their faces when they realized they were looking at their mirror images. I let that dry, and then added some collage, mainly to one side. Some of that collage is made of the paper towels that I used to clean up my paint spills – reuse and recycle! I then added a layer of green wax and tried painting on top of that, but mainly got water marks. So, I let it all dry and added some more bright colors on top.

Art Journal pages - process
(© 2017 Kimberli Werner, Art Journal pages, encaustic wax, acrylic, and collage on watercolour paper, A3 size. )

 

 

 

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Upcoming Exhibitions

I have a little rush of exhibitions that have just started or are coming up soon. I hope you can get out to see them. It is the only place you will find my original artworks for sale. 

Here are the three: 

11 May – 7 June – Blue Light Gallery, Masham, HG4 4DY. Group exhibition with Brigantia.

11 May – 9 June – Inspired by…gallery, Danby, YO21 2NB, “Cleveland Way in Miniature”, group exhibition. 

25 May – 5 June – The Station at Richmond, Richmond, DL10 4LD, group exhibition with Brigantia.   

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