Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Painting with Encaustic Medium

I completed  this painting last week:  Toulouse, 22"x22", encaustic, Toni Youngblood 2015 c.

Several years ago my friend, Anna Rhodes in Seattle (http://www.anartistsretreat.com/about.php) introduced me to Betsy Eby during one of our artist retreats on Whidbey Island in Washington State. Betsy re-kindled my interest in painting with encaustic, which I'd first noted when studying the work of Jasper Johns during my undergraduate study of art. Here is a video of Betsy Eby's process of painting with encaustic... http://betsyeby.com/video--

Monday, April 6, 2015

Detail of a drawing of bugs I love to hate.
These prolific insects seem to have no regard for anything but reproduction activities this time of year. It's difficult to avoid stepping on them, smashing them into hinge-side door jambs, etc. How they get into closed homes and buildings is a mystery. It's one big box elder bug orgy out there at the moment. I decided to make a drawing of them yesterday while releasing all my venomous loathing of anything onto them. I had a good, peaceful, sound sleep last night.  "Peace be with YOU!", 14"x10", ink and Crayola on Fabriano paper.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Some things don't need to change...

When we completely rebuilt the room off the kitchen, one thing we left the same:  The warm puddle of sunshine for this hound's basking.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rework / Tabernacle Frame

Sometimes, it is necessary to step away from a project for a while and determine what is required to make it do/say precisely what we intend.  That's the case with "Parental Guidance".  I wasn't satisfied with the fledgling's face and and posture.  I thought more about how to create the pugnacious expression that was what I had in mind.  The image above shows the painting as it is now.  This photo also exhibits the stunning custom frame that was created by The Second Artist framer.  It is a tabernacle frame in character with the "iconic" style in which I created the painting.

Several years ago I painted a similar painting on paper.  It was titled "Madonna and Fledgling".  That painting sold in Park City, UT...

 "Madonna and Fledgeling" - Toni Youngblood
I was not crazy about the title of that painting but the imagery was intended to be "iconic", as in Russian icon paintings...

I further developed "Parental Guidance" and continued this somewhat staid iconic background and had the tabernacle frame built to further this formal theme.  However it may appear to have religious overtones, if the viewer does not chuckle at this painting, I have failed.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

My Two Paintings for Art Access 300 Plates 2015

 Snow Crow, acrylic on panel, Toni Youngblood
Tween Attitude, acrylic on panel, Toni Youngblood

Save the date!

300 Plates Fundraiser & Exhibition: Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Kitchen Totem #1

Kitchen Totem #1, 12"x9" acrylic on canvas, Toni Youngblood 2015

Irony: We do not allow dishes to stack in the sink or elsewhere in our household. However, I'm intrigued by the appearance of the mismatched, off kilter and the unsteadiness of stacked dishes and the impending danger that gravity will exploit and ultimately take its opportunity to win in this unbalanced situation.



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