Study After Bielen No. 5

Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well. To those of you who celebrated Valentine’s yesterday, I hope it was a good one!

Below is another Bielen study:

IMG_4619 Study After Bielen, Oil on Birch Panel, 6″x6″

I wanted to do a floral still life with yellow as the focal colour. So I chose to do a simple one above which looks to be one of a daffodil. I’m finding that I like more abstracted florals within the Bielen studies. While I am painting these studies, they don’t really look like anything. After I’m finished painting it and look from a greater distance, the image comes together.

One of my favorite things about Bielen’s florals is the way that the clear glass vase is rendered by what surrounds it rather than the vase itself. For example, most of the glass vases in his paintings are delineated by the green foliage and matter contained within it and the background outside of it. I really enjoy this part of his paintings. I hope this makes some kind of sense to you.

Bielen also paints solid vases as well as floral still lifes with almost black backgrounds. However, I find his bright higher key paintings more appealing. They are so happy looking – and right now, I’m all about bright and happy to offset with the dreary winter. I hope the rest of your week goes well.

Thanks for visiting,


Another encaustic piece

Right now I have so many ideas/projects waiting to happen. Most of the time I want to do something and am missing a tool, colour, etc..,usually I can’t get whatever it is where I live. Sometimes I can get it here but have to pay insane prices, so I end up ordering online which means, I have to wait. Everyone in my family knows I am terribly impatient; it’s even more so with art, I don’t want to lose the momentum or the inspiration I have at the time. So while I wait, I’m trying to do useful things. Right now, I’m trying to prep other substrates and make pieces that go into other works.

For now, I’ll leave you with another encaustic piece with something floral: