Encaustic Workshop, Encaustic Artist, Howard County Art Guild

Encaustic Workshop, Encaustic Artist, Howard County Art Guild

Day 1 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

The challenge - 30 paintings in 30 days - I have wanted to do this challenge for months/years.....always had an excuse.  Today is the day to begin and not put it off any longer.  I am really excited about this - since so many artists have told me that they learn so much from the committment.  This morning when I finished the background  -  was so unhappy with it, so I decided to put in some line work and begin again.  Well, the magic happened (that sweet spot we all yearn for when painting), and I fell in love with the piece as is.  Comments are always welcome!

 

 

"Line Dancing"

Acrylic and Ink Marker on 36 x 36 canvas

Day 1

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Presentation of Rottler Award - York Art Association

The York Art Association gives the top five artists of the YEAR an award - it's called the Rottler.  It is a very coveted award by all members of the association.  The award is based on 2 pieces entered for the exhibit.   Being selected as one of five artists, I was honored.Here are some photos of the experience.  Again, so very honored!  

 

 

 

 

 

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Cold Wax Workshop - Jan 2012

Here are some photos of my cold wax and oil workshop held in my home studio this past weekend.  Five amazing artists creating great pieces!

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NEW GALLERY REPRESENTATION!


Very exciting day last week.  I made my first painting delivery to the “Lowcountry Artists Gallery” in Charleston, SC.  Location of the gallery is 148 East Bay Street right in the heart of the French Quarter! 

Lowcountry Artists Gallery

Located on the first floor, the gallery extends to the back to the original brick part in the rear.  Gorgeous art space of approximately 2000 square feet…the building, built by slaves,  dates back to the 1700’s.  Founded in 1982, the art gallery is the longest running gallery in Charleston and is owned by 5 local artists. 

I had the opportunity to hang 11 pieces of work and will change them every 3 months or so.  Several photos follow documenting my wonderful day.  We followed hanging my pieces with a great southern lunch and a walking tour of the area.  If you are ever in the Charleston area, please stop by.  The website for Lowcountry artists  is www.lowcountryartists.com


The room where my pieces are located.  My artwork is in the corner.  There I am looking at other abstract pieces (of course). 

 

Terrible photo of me, but this shot gives a better look at my space and artwork hung.

 

Here I am leaving the gallery and thanking one of the owners and good friend, Lynn Hardwick.

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OUT OF COMMISSION

Just wanted to let everyone know that I fell on November 29th and broke my leg/ankle!  I have been in bed since then with some wheelchair "sitting".  Absolutely no weight on my leg - have been going bonkers.   Since my studio is down one very long flight of steps - No painting!  It has been real difficult for me to lie in bed because as most of you know I am a daily painter and haven't been able to put a brush in my hand for over 3 weeks.  At the end of January, my surgeon will take off my present cast and put another type on so that I am able to stand.  Let's hope these next few weeks fly by.  My husband, Bob, (bless his heart) is taking care of everything - meals, cleaning, shopping, decorating.  Don't know how I would be able to get through all this without him.   I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very Healthy and Happy New Year!

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"Harrisburg Magazine" Article

So exciting - I am the featured artist in the "Harrisburg Magazine" here in my hometown.  The magazine is a well read monthly magazine that features happenings in and around the area. The article can be found at - http://harrisburgmagazine.com/2011/11/01/Painter-Discovers-the-Fulfillment-in-Nonobjective-Work-By-Scott-Campbell.

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My Blue Heaven

I want to show the difference in the finished painting and my thinking process.  I worked on a painting that is underneath this one.  I wish I would have taken a photo of it, but at any rate it had a lot of red with molding paste.  I couln't resolve it, so decided to start something else over the top.  I added to the the old painting some garnet gel, cheesecloth and more molding paste.  Painting #1 was the finished product.  After looking at it for several days, I decided to make a change to the white mark across the top because I felt that the viewer would not be able to move down through the white line since it basically blocked the movement.  I added some blue to that white area to allow the eye to move downward - see #2.  The color is off a bit but you can still see the difference in the two. 

#1


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Circle Series #1 - Linda Benton McCloskey

 "The Artist's Magazine" just informed me that I was chosen to be a finalist in their 28th Annual Art Competition - in the abstract division for the above painting!  Wow!  The winners of this competition will be published in their December issue.  I have tried, and tried, and tried to get juried into this art competition for at least 5 years.  Just goes to show you that persistence does pay off!

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Encaustic Workshop - Linda Benton McCloskey

Here are a few photos from my latest 3-1/2 day encaustic workshop held at the York Art Association in York, PA last week.

Getting ready to stencil...

 

Adding collage...

A group shot.

Oil glazing...

Getting ready to stamp...

Sizing the board by torching - fusing....

Creating texture...

 

 

 

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New Gallery

Above is a photo of my new gallery located at Gallery Thirteen located at 13 East Main Street in Mechanicsburg, PA.  Below is another view of the walls.  Reminder, I will be 1 of 2 featured artists at Gallery 13 during the month of June (reception June 3rd from 6-9). I will have many new acrylic and encaustic paintings.  Hope to see you there.

 

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