Friday, November 17, 2017

The Writer, Encaustic on wooden cradle

The writer 10x8 Encaustic, mixed media on wooden cradle board  $125

This painting started with the image below which was created with a Gell press using the oil paint that I had remaining from a large oil painting I had done.  I used 24lb bright Hammermill copy paper which was gratefully available at our local office supply store.

I glued the paper to the cradle board.  When the glue was dry I drilled and punched holes into the birch so that I could tie the feather to the board.  The wax would likely hold  the feather but wax is not glue and I wanted a guarantee that the feather wouldn't fall off down the road.

I then tried pouring the encaustic wax onto the board.  This ended up being a make work project.  It was really too thick so I spent the next few days trying to get the right amount of wax off to be able to see the image so that I could work on it.

My last step after using oil paint to infuse my lines was to rub pan pastels colors in areas where I felt the oil colors weren't strong enough to my liking.

Buff it up with a soft cloth and here you are.

Blessings for a creative weekend


Monday, November 13, 2017

30x40 Contemporary Oil

30x40 Contemporary Oil Painting by Bente Hansen

This painting is the result of someone sending me three separate photos of where they live.  The days in the photos were grey, cloudy and full of cloud movement.  So my brushes randomly put lots of color on the canvas and from there it was a puzzle as to how to put it together.

I can get quite lost in these paintings which is a great thing if other things in life are a challenge. I believe it is meant to help sort out the painting and the challenges at the same time.  A way of getting the order straight.  I wanted the colors there and at the same time it needed to make sense.

Today we have waves crashing and the wind sending branches and twigs onto the deck.  Seems quite fitting that it is the day I post this.

Blessings for a wonderful day.


Sunday, November 12, 2017


Outcropping 10X14x1 Oil and CWM on Cedar Plank  $150

I painted this on a dried 1" cedar plank.  In an attempt to find other substrates I visited a lumber yard specializing in dried cedar.  I bought a few planks and then prepared them with Gesso as I would with a birch cradle board.  I drilled holes in the back for the D Link so the painting can be hung or placed on an iron or wood pedestal.

The painting is oil with the final sky area being mixed with cold wax medium which gives it great depth. In a few weeks time the CWM area can be buffed for a shine.  The other area can be varnished in about 6 months time if you wish to have a shine from the painting. I have also inscribed into the oil at the early stage which you can see in the rock area.  Painted on the sides and signed in the bottom right hand corner.

Blessings for a creative and happy day.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Dappled Walk Contemporary Oil Painting by Bente Hansen

Dappled Walk 30x40 Oil Painting on gallery Wrapped Canvas

We are having an Open house at the Dancing Tree Gallery in Powell River  on Thursday from 6-9pm.

I painted this for the opening.

We have such gorgeous weather right now and when we walk the dogs in the bush the sunlight streams through the branches.  How do you even begin to paint something like that?  I started abstractly and think I got the feel for the day.

Blessings for a creative and happy day.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Gatineau Colors, Oil Painting by Bente Hansen

Gatineau Colors 14x11 Oil on Gessoboard   SOLD

I had a wonderful visit to Ottawa. Saw my niece and her 4 character cats.  We spent time driving through the Gatineaus in Quebec.  The days weren't bright but that didn't dampen our spirits.  The colors were glorious so I had to do a painting when I got home.

We get the fall colors here on the west coast but not with the same intensity as Quebec.  I was very happy for the visit and for the time of year.

There was also a display in Ottawa called Mosaic. I happened to catch it on the very last day.  The sculptures were huge. Celebrating Canada's provinces and diversity. The creativity and imagination was humbling.  That they could make such gorgeous images from plants when as artists we may have difficulty putting an image to paper was quite an eye opener.  I was very proud of this display and grateful for the timing.

Blessings for a creative and happy day.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

24x24 Oil Painting by Bente Hansen

24x24 Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, SOLD  painted on the side so that no frame is required

I had fun painting this.  Good thick paint.  Lots of palette knife work.  It came together easily. Depending on my mood, I sometimes like to almost throw the paint and see where it lands and go from there.

Its gorgeous here on the Sunshine coast.  I wish everyone a thankful weekend.

I am thankful to be alive and living in such a gorgeous place and country.

Blessings for a creative day.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Watercolor by Bente Hansen

Watercolor 6x11 on watercolor paper

In preparation for teaching an Encaustic workshop I thought I should get back to some basics.  The plan was to do some shapes which I could print on my encaustic plate and then glue to a board.  I started with some rice paper and it didn't do what I thought.  Then I grabbed  some standard watercolor paper and this happened instead.  I rather like the standby.

Hope you do too.

Happy Creating.