Thursday, April 19, 2018

Rock Solid, mixed media, by Bente Hansen, Canadian Artist

Rock Solid  18x18 Mixed Media on Wooden Cradle Board  $395.00

Nicholas Wilton speaks of Value, Differences, Color contrast and more.  These are some of the things that we strive for in what is called CVP. It's been a mind twister of a course but I am starting to see that some of the things that the team is speaking of is rubbing off.

This painting was done with acrylics and thick gel medium using mostly a palette knife.  This is the closest I have come to using acrylics in the same manner that I use my oils.  It'll be interesting to see what happens when we get to texture.

Blessings for a great day.


Saturday, April 14, 2018

mixed media on wood panel by Canadian Artist Bente Hansen

Mixed Media 12x12 on wood panel $175

There are many many layers of paint, paper, gauze, glazes and scribbling.

I am learning not to give up and keep doing layer over layer with glazes and collage.

The Nicholas Wilton team of many many coaches are great encouragement to be ourselves.  I love my environment, province and country and it keeps showing up in my work.

Blessings for a great day


Friday, April 6, 2018


Art2Life  Mixed Media on Watercolour Paper

We are progressing from black and white to colour.  I have a problem with straight acrylic paint so I have started to paint paper, ripping it and doing my compositions that way.   This piece again is many many layers of paint which gives a lovely texture.  Sort of makes me think of Smith Rocks in Oregon.

Blessings for a great day.


Thursday, April 5, 2018

White Night 10x10 Mixed Media on Watercolour paper

White Night 10x10 Mixed Media on Watercolour Paper

Its been interesting times.

I enrolled in Nicholas Wilton's online class called 2018 Art2Life program.  There are about 500 of us from around the world.  What the program has done for me so far is turn everything upside down and totally confused me.  I think the stretch is good in that he wants us to do what is totally ourselves and not be influenced by others.  The stretch is also that we are using acrylic paint.  This is not my favourite medium.  I do love my oils.  When the program is over I will go back to my oils but for now its too confusing for my brain to keep switching.

White Night is a result of one of the black and white exercises. It is done on paper.  It has many many layers of paint so there is lots of texture.  I have added some collage and the line work was done on clear plastic with acrylic medium.  I then removed the film when the whole thing was dry.  That way I could cut out what I needed and leave the rest for another time.

Blessings for a great day.


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Abstracted Landscape by Canadian artist Bente Hansen

Abstracted Landscape 11x14 Mixed Media on Canvas SOLD

This piece started with a poured acrylic painting.  I then added a coat of clear gesso and painted with transparent and opaque oil paint.  There are areas of thick paint and there are areas of transparent paint.  I think it is a good combination.

The painting is in the Dancing Tree Gallery in Powell River so if you are interested in the painting please contact me.

Happy creating.


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Indigo, 6x6 Mixed Media on Wood Cradle Board by Bente Hansen

Indigo, 6x6 Mixed Media on Wood Cradle Board    Sold

I have taken a bit of a break.

With the anniversary of my sons birthdate and then the one year anniversary of his death it was a difficult time.  I did spend a lot of time painting papers as a distraction. This process is simple and keeps my hand in the colour mode.  The papers tear unevenly and give off little baby threads which I like.  Added texture and colour value.

This painting uses some of that paper.

I have also enrolled in a three month online course with Nicholas Wilton.  The course helps us to delve deeper into what makes us paint and why or why not.  My goal is to bring me closer to the larger abstract paintings that I have always wanted to do.

There is a huge international group taking the course together so the feedback and inspiration will be ongoing and meaningful, I am sure.

Blessings for a great day.


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Collaboration 2018 with Karen Kroeker

Collaboration Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas 24x24x1 1/2 $625

This painting is a result of a collaboration with a University friend that I took art classes with. Karen Kroeker continued in the area of fibre arts and I continued in the area of painting.  What we have done is Karen received from me some preliminary sketches of Brew Bay.  She is going to make an 18x24 fibre piece with the sketches as an inspiration.  In return Karen has sent me photos of two of her fibre pieces which I have turned into the painting above.

You can see her two photos below and my sketch to the right of them.  I am sorry but you have to turn your head to the right to see it the direction in which I painted it.

You can find Karen's inspiring work on Instagram under karenckroeker  you can also find me there under bentecreates

Blessings for an inspiring and creative day.