Thursday, July 3, 2014

Encaustic beeswax impressionistic floral still life Janet Amundson-Splidsboel


"Bright Personality", 12"x12" encaustic still life, painted solely with layers of molten, pigmented beeswax.  This will be in the "200 for $200" fall fundraiser at the Oregon Society of Artists.  There are always paintings waiting to be created, so I decided to complete my 3 entries to this show early so my mind is clear when I go on to new projects.  My next endeavors are Local 14 Annual Art Show and Portland Open Studios, both in October.  Please email me or leave a comment here if you have any questions or input,  janetsartstudio@gmail.com. I like hearing from you.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

"Robin's Butterfly" 24x24 Encaustic portrait and "Whimsey" Encaustic Still Life Janet Amundson-Splidsboel



Being a Portland Trailblazer fan, I am fascinated by player Robin Lopez's hair.  It's his hair that inspired me to paint "Robin's Butterfly".  No classical music needed.  24"x24" Encaustic, painted entirely with layers of molten, pigmented beeswax.  


Below is "Whimsey", the 26"x22" encaustic painting I donated and which sold at the 2014 Cascade Aids Project (CAP) Auction last weekend.  It's a party atmosphere with hundreds in attendance, and so much fun.  If you're an artist and haven't done so, you might want to donate a piece next year and enjoy the party.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Encaustic experimental water paintings Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

I've been using the encaustic process to paint water from imagination, painting layers of molten, pigmented beeswax and fusing the layers together with a propane torch.  The first is "Living Waters, 30"x10".  The second is "Waterstream", 10"x8".  Both will be in upcoming shows in Lake Oswego, Oregon.  
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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Encaustic floral still life Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

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18"x14" Encaustic still life, painted from my imagination with molten, pigmented beeswax. Winter outside and Spring in my studio.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Encaustic Floral Abstract Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

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12"x12" Encaustic floral abstract from imagination.  I still paint the figure and face but have been experimenting more with water and florals.  My encaustic paintings are painted entirely with molten, pigmented beeswax (no photocopy or collage), with each layer of wax fused to underneath layers with a propane torch.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Live Model Oil Painting Studio 30 Portland Janet Amundson-Splidsboel


 This is an oil painting I did December 20 at Studio 30 at Cathedral Park Center in Portland.  It was close to being completed when this photo was taken.  About 13 artists were painting at this session and our model was the daughter of one of the artists.  We work very quickly to get a painting completed in one session. 
 -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Friday, November 22, 2013

Artist's Magazine Honorable Mention Nora encaustic Janet Amundson-Splidsboel


                                     

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Happy News, my 24"x24"encaustic painting "Nora" received an Honorable Mention award in the international Artist's Magazine Over 60 Competition (painted entirely with molten, pigmented beeswax with each layer of new wax fused to underneath layers with a propane torch.) This is the first such competition I've entered, so it was a nice surprise.  To all of you who subscribe to my blog, I thank you for your support of my art endeavors. I began doing art late in life and I sure am having fun.
                     Janet Amundson-Splidsboel 
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Encaustic nude figurative 20"x16" Janet Amundson-Splidsboel


"Helene" is painted entirely with molten, pigmented beeswax.  This 20"x16" is one of many new paintings which will be on view in my NE Portland studio when I participate in Portland Open Studios, October 12, 13, 19, and 20, from 10-5 each day.  I'll be demonstrating encaustic all 4 days.  96 Juried artists will have their studios open to the public on those days, from both the east and west sides of Portland.  For complete information on this annual event and where to purchase Tour Guides/Maps, go to portlandopenstudios.com. This year the Tour Guide has returned to being a calendar, with color photos of artwork by each of the participating artists.
     -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Encaustic Series of twelve 12"x6" unframed Janet Amundson-Splidsboel



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Usually I frame my encaustic paintings but I've been asked to paint some on deep cradle boards which is what I've done in this series (3 of 12). These are small in size, 12"x6".  All are painted in the pure encaustic process with layers of molten, pigmented beeswax, each layer fused to previous layers with a propane torch.
-Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Monday, March 4, 2013

Large encaustic impressionistic figurative by artist Janet Amundson-Splidsboel




My latest 24"x24" encaustic (painted with molten, pigmented beeswax) is entitled, "Vera", which was my mother's name, although my daddy always called her Nancy.  I have a photo of my mother when her hair was wavy like this. There are over 25 layers of wax in this painting, each layer fused to the underneath layers with a propane torch.  I dedicate this painting to my dear mother. -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Encaustic Still Life and Figurative


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I posted this 24"x24" framed Encaustic a couple of months ago but I've continued to feel it lacked a focal point so this week I made changes to it and I'm more satisfied with it now.

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"Her First Tattoo" is a new 16"x12" Encaustic, unframed on cradle board.  It will be in a show about Portland, Oregon, and a tattoo felt right to me.  Both of these art pieces are painted with  layers of molten, pigmented beeswax, with each layer of new wax fused to the underneath layers with a propane torch.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Thursday, December 13, 2012

"Breezy" 12"x12" figurative encaustic Janet Amundson-Splidsboel


"Breezy"  is painted from my imagination, and is an example of why I paint and draw often from the live model.  When painting with molten, pigmented beeswax (encaustic) such as this painting, each time I add new wax I fuse it into the underneath layers with a propane torch, therefore the hot wax is moving about much of the time. Suddenly a figure's hand might be where the elbow should be. With knowledge of the live figure in my mind, using the propane torch I can move the wax back into credible positions when necessary.  This 12"x12" encaustic painting is in a wide gold frame.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Small Figurative Encaustic molten beeswax - Janet Amundson Splidsboel


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"Her Cup of Tea" is a 6"x6" encaustic painting, framed, and available for $195.  The past two weekends my studio was open as part of the Portland Open Studios event with 100 juried artists throughout east and west Portland opening their studios to the public.  I demonstrated my encaustic method (painting with layers of molten, pigmented wax; no photocopy or collage) for those 4 days and was able to nearly complete ten 8"x8" paintings which will be available in the Big 300 show on the 3rd floor of Pioneer Mall in downtown Portland in December. I'll also have encaustic paintings in Guardino Gallery's "Little Things" show in December, and the New Brow of Portland show at the Portland Center of Performing Arts in November and December.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Encaustic Figurative "Heather" 12x12 Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

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"Heather" gave me the opportunity to paint skin with molten beeswax (encaustic painting).  I keep many of my live model figure sketches and sometimes look through them for inspiration for paintings, which is what I did in this case.  There is only a slight resemblance to my original drawing but it is the pose that got me started and then I used my imagination from that point on.  This is a 12"x12" encaustic painting on board, framed in a wide classic gold frame.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Encaustic Floral Still Life Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

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I don't paint flowers often but it is a nice break from figurative work.  This 24"x24" encaustic still life (painted with molten, pigmented beeswax) has a finish that looks like polished tile.  I left some of the drips of melted wax throughout the painting.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Sunday, August 5, 2012

"Genevieve" 24"x24" Encaustic Figurative -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

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My daughter Erica posed for this painting, "Genevieve", a 24"x24" encaustic (molten, pigmented beeswax) painting.  The dress and surroundings are from my imagination, and my focus was on developing loose shapes of color with the melted beeswax.  There are about 20 layers of molten wax in this painting.   -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Encaustic "Nora" Figurative 24"x24"


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I was away from art for two weeks while on vacation; while away I spent considerable time visualizing what direction I want to go with my encaustic figurative paintings.  When I returned home this week, with excitement I immediately painted this 24"x24" encaustic of a woman from my imagination.  Her name is Nora.  I believe the style shows increased looseness and abstraction of shapes, which is what I visualized while "painting in my mind" those two weeks; can you the viewer see any difference from my earlier paintings?    -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Encaustic 12x12 "Nouveau II" Figurative Classic Woman


"Nouveau II" is one of my latest 12"x12" encaustic paintings (18"x18" framed). When I look at my figurative encaustics I often see things I want to change, but I know that every time I go over the beeswax with the propane torch, changes could also occur which I don't want.  With that risk in mind, if the flaws aren't fatal then I remain satisfied and I look ahead to my next painting.   -Janet Amundson Splidsboel  SOLD

Monday, May 14, 2012

Encaustic Figurative Art Noveau Influence Janet Amundson-Splidsboel



10"x10" Encaustic painting in a frame that demanded something slightly different so I did a very loose painting with bright color.  This is painted with molten, pigmented beeswax.  As I work, each layer of wax is fused to the underneath layers with a propane torch.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel   SOLD

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Mother Child Series 12"x12" #3 Encaustic figurative Janet Amundson-Splidsboel


This is the last in my 12"x12" encaustic series of women and children, at least for the time being.  There are many layers of wax in this painting; each new layer is fused to the underneath layers with a propane torch.  This series of 3, along with 10 other of my encaustic paintings, will be on display at the Lake Area Artist show at Lakewood Center in Lake Oswego, April 27, 28, and 29.  Forty artists belong to Lake Area Artists and most will be participating in this upcoming show. -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel   SOLD

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mother Child Series 12"x12" Encaustic figurative Janet Amundson-Splidsboel


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This 12"x12" encaustic painting is one of 3 in a series of Mother and Child.  Viewers still ask me if my work is a painting with wax put on top of it.  I explain that no, it isn't.  The painting is done entirely with layers of molten, pigmented waxes, with each new layer fused into the underneath layers of wax with a propane torch.  There is no photocopy or collage in my paintings.  With regard to this theme, I don't want sugary sweet but people seem drawn to the mother and child and so am I.  I would appreciate your thoughts (in my last blog post, people's comments were rejected, but I believe and hope that problem has been remedied.)   -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

"Mother's Child" 12"x12" Encaustic painting (molten pigmented beeswax) by Janet Amundson-Splidsboel


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I'm doing a series of encaustic paintings of women and children.  It is subject matter that has been painted by thousands, yet as a subject it remains timeless and universal.  Many themes in art are endlessly repeated, like trees and seashores and paths and pears and winding rivers; the challenge is to evoke an emotional response no matter how often the subject is painted. What are your thoughts?  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Encaustic Demo Large Figurative Encaustic


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This is the current 36"x24" encaustic painting I am working on. The propane torch is the main tool I use to fuse each new layer of pigmented beeswax to the underneath layer.  The molten, pigmented beeswax is applied with bristle paintbrushes, followed by the fusing of the wax with the torch.  At this stage the painting is about 50% completed and has some 15 layers of wax.   -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Monday, January 16, 2012

Vertical Encaustic Still Life Gold Frame, Janet Amundson-Splidsboel


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Still life and floral paintings are experimental for me.  This encaustic painting is 24"x12" (unframed).  I intentionally chose a new subject matter, since I usually paint the figure and sometimes landscape, but almost never still life.  

On another subject, thank you Katherine van Schoonhoven for passing to me the Liebster Blog Award which originated in Germany and recognizes bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  Katherine is an artist, writer, and musician, see her blog at www.katherine-artandmusic.blogspot.com.  Thanks for the honor, Katherine.     -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Saturday, December 31, 2011

"Until You Know Rose" 30"x30" Encaustic Portrait-Janet Amundson-Splidsboel


This is an example of thinking a painting was done and then a few days later realizing I simply had to make changes to it.  This is the final 30"x30" encaustic painting and now I accept it as completed.  This is Rose, and the painting is still entitled, "Until You Know Rose."   The melting wax under the propane torch makes facial features a special challenge.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Monday, November 21, 2011

Large 36"x24" Encaustic Figurative Painting, Janet Amundson-Splidsboel


Accepted into Emerald Art Center National Spring Exhibition May 2012, Springfield, OR

"Each Afternoon" is a 36"x24" encaustic painting.  I'm working large to be ready for upcoming venues where larger encaustic works are needed.  There is a lot of beeswax in a painting of this size, and approximately 25-30 layers of molten, pigmented beeswax. I will  appreciate your comments on this one, since it is the largest figurative encaustic I have painted to date.   -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Encaustic Figurative Painting, artist Janet Amundson-Splidsboel


"Ruby" is a 12"x12" encaustic painting.  This is the last painting I'll do for a while of women with arms raised.  I plan to keep Ruby for some time since she makes me feel happy.  Isn't it funny how subjective art is?  Today I submitted 3 paintings to a show and Ruby was one of them, but out of the 3 paintings the other 2 were selected and Ruby was not, even though she was my favorite of the three.  She had a different title, so now that I have her back I've named her Ruby.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Landscape Encaustics 12"x12" Framed


This is a new series of 2 Encaustic (molten, pigmented beeswax) contemporary landscape paintings.  Each is 12"x12" unframed, and 18"x18" framed. These 2 paintings are on display at the Oregon Society of Artists during this month of September 2011. -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Figurative Plein Air


Jennifer is a favorite model.  I painted this 30"x15" oil painting of her yesterday in an outdoor garden setting.  Another painting I did this week of a different model, in the same style as this painting, is posted on my Facebook page.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Saturday, July 16, 2011

2011 City of Hillsboro Plein Air Event


The City of Hillsboro Plein Air Event ended today with a reception and award ceremony at the Walters Cultural Arts Center.  My oil painting won 2nd Place in the Landscape division; it was painted at Jackson Bottom Wetlands.  It was a good event and weather conditions were near perfect most of the time.  About 40 artists participated.  Many of us knew each other and I want to thank those who walked by me as I was painting, and offered words of encouragement.  There were 3 painting categories:  Landscape, Cityscape, and a Quick Draw Figurative, and all of the submitted paintings were excellent.  Kitty Wallis, in the photo with me, was the judge.  As many of you know she is a nationally recognized artist and the creator of Wallis art paper. -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel  SOLD

Saturday, June 18, 2011

"In the Garden" Figurative Impressionistic Oil Painting Prints Available





                         
In April I was one of 30 artists participating in An Artist a Day event at the Muse Art and Design in Portland, Oregon.  A different artist painted in the front window of the store each day of the month.  In May a reception was held at Milepost 5, and the 30 paintings were auctioned, with 50% of the proceeds donated to benefit Schoolhouse Supplies.

This particular painting was well received; 8"x10" prints are now available for $30 each including shipping (10% of sales is donated to local animal rescue groups.) The print is on luster paper which has a satin finish, and is sprayed with UV blocking spray to prevent fading. This print is vibrant with a wide off-white or white mat under glass in a standard sized 16" x 20" frame.  The print may be purchased below through Paypal. -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel  (original SOLD)



Saturday, June 11, 2011

Oil Portrait Live Model


Painting from the live model sharpens an artist's eyesight so I try to do it once or twice a week.  It helps my artistic eye even though portrait painting is not what I primarily do. This is a recent 18"x24" two hour oil portrait I did using Craig Srebnik's limited pallete,  primarily umbers, burnt sienna, Indian red (or similar), black, white, and in this case some cadmium yellow for the model's sweater.  -JAS

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Small Figurative Encaustic Series Classic Women

These are the latest 9"x9" encaustic paintings I've completed, fitting these smaller ones in between larger paintings that are in process.  Redheads are clearly one of my favorite subjects to paint. -Janet Amundson Splidsboel


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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"Sara" Live Model Figurative Oil Sketch


Sara was our model at last Sunday's Candlelight Wine Cheese Live Model art session at my studio in close-in NE Portland.  This is a 24"x12" oil sketch which I painted of her.  Being an artist herself, Sara instinctively knew how to inspire us with her hairdo, clothing, and pose. If you are interested in more information about these Candlelight sessions, scroll further down in this blog to see a short video of an earlier session.  The Candlelight group meets one Sunday evening a month from 5-8 PM and is open to any artist who signs up early enough to get a spot since the sessions do fill up in advance. -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Monday, April 4, 2011

"Rose Bouquet" Contemporary Encaustic Figurative

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"Rose Bouquet" is a 12"x24" Encaustic painting.  I painted this encaustic earlier this year.  I've never done much with it, she just hangs on my wall and I look at her often.  People who have seen "Rose Bouquet" don't carry on about it, but I especially like Rose and plan to keep her myself, at least for a while longer.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"All the Fields" Oil Landscape


Spring is around the corner and I am thinking often about plein air painting.  I painted this landscape in anticipation of painting outdoors, hopefully soon.  I'll divide my time between encaustic painting indoors and plein air painting in oil, and divide my subject matter between figurative and landscape.  This oil painting is 24"x42". -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel     SOLD

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

"Almost Here" Small Classic Encaustic Figurative


This is a 6"x6" encaustic painting, one of a series of eight.  Lately I've been concentrating on much larger wax paintings and when I need a break I like painting one of these smaller pieces. -JAS

Sunday, February 6, 2011

2 Hour Live Model Figurative Oil Painting Redhead


Instead of an encaustic painting, for something different this post is a 2 hour 20"x16" oil painting I did during one of the Candlelight Wine Cheese Live Model sessions held at my studio in Portland.  To see a short video of one of these Candlelight sessions scroll down through my posts and you can view a video of one of the sessions.  These live model events are quite fun for the artists who attend.  We paint or draw from the model for 25 minute sessions with 10 minute breaks between.  We bring snacks to share during the breaks while we visit with one another, and we time our sessions and breaks so we stay focused. Candles around the room provide ambiance and our great models provide the inspiration.

Friday, January 28, 2011

"Encaustic Still Life" Floral Oriental Impression




This encaustic still life is 18"x30" framed; it is the first still life I have done painting with molten, pigmented beeswax.  Celeste Bergin of the Portland Plein Air and Studio Painters presented a challenge to artists in the month of January and this painting is my response to  that challenge.  Three photos were given as inspiration: animal; building; and still life.  On February 1, 2011,  all paintings submitted in response to the challenge will be posted,  http://behindthescenes-ppasp.blogspot.com/2011/01/january-challenge-results.html.  My daughter has asked for this painting so it will eventually hang above her piano. -JAS