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Hosting my recent Open Studio certainly stirred up some unexpected interest from other venues, to show my paintings. I now have a bunch of events lined up until the end of 2018. See what's coming up.
A couple of weeks ago I had a long overdue Open Studio, my first in about three years. It was a lot of work, but well worth the effort. See how it all came together in the end.
Everyone loves watching short informative videos. It gives us all a much better visual experience than simply reading or looking at a photo. So, last week, I jumped in and created a and upcoming Open House. Want to know how I did it? 3 minute video about my studio
Below is a pair of recent large paintings that could either be hung vertically or horizontally. Which way do you like better?
If you live nearby or will be in the Windsor / Detroit area during my Open Studio at the end of September, be sure to put the dates on your calendar. I would love to see you and show you my studio and newest paintings.
Recently I was looking at some small unfinished encaustic pieces that just weren't working. So I made a bold move.
Orange Grid' ID 1822, encaustic on wood, float framed in dark brown wood, 9 x 9 inches (23 x 23 cm) © 2018 Shirley Williams
This is a question I get asked fairly frequently.
Do you think your art should match the decor? Here's how I always answer that question.
'Momentum" framed encaustic on wood, 28 x 80 inches. © 2018 Shirley Williams
I was recently challenged to try painting on a new format size with long, skinny dimensions.
I've placed two of them in this dining room photo below to give you an idea of how they look. Get a closer look at the details by reading further.
As promised in my last post, here are three of the new paintings I completed in Victoria, B.C. The first of this triptych is below.
'Compartments - 1', mixed media on cradled wood panel. 20 x 20 x 2 inches, © 2018 Shirley Williams
Recently, I attended a professional artist workshop in Victoria, B.C. with California artist Michael Shemchuk. It was a game-changer for me and I'm excited to tell you about this incredible experience.
Do you happen to know someone everyone considers to be 'artsy'? In fact you may be someone who considers yourself to be 'artsy'.
If you agree that creative people can sometimes be a bit hard to figure out, keep reading to discover what makes us tick.
DETAIL © 2018 Shirley Williams 'City Lights' # 1817
I've just finished varnishing three new large paintings on canvas. Take a look and let me know what you think.
Have you ever wondered why people are attracted to certain colors? Or why your favorite color isn't universally loved by everyone you know?
My painting 'Degrees of Separation' below was sold almost before the paint had a chance to dry :)
Genevieve Parker Hill, Author and Lifestyle Coach has just launched her latest book, Even though I wouldn't call myself "wealthy", somehow I was selected as one of the 24 role models in her book. Read on for excerpts from the interview. 'The Wealthy Creative'
I'm thrilled that this miniature lady just went to a new home. There's a little story here so you may want to keep reading :)
Are you near Windsor / Detroit on Wed Nov 22 ?
'Natural Networks' acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 inches © 2011 Shirley Williams SOLD
Artsy Shark just published their list of the 24 top painters in "The Abstract World". I was thrilled to be selected from over 1000 submissions.
'Into the Unknown' #1701 encaustic on wood 12 x 12 inches © 2017 Shirley Williams $390.
This is my latest encaustic wax painting called 'Into the Unknown'. Keep reading for more details.
'Momentum' encaustic on wood, 28 x 80 inches, © 2017 Shirley Williams - Available $3,900.
Here's a shot of my latest painting inserted into one of those online apps for room design. If you want to know where to find it, keep reading. You'll be surprised how easy and useful it is.
Working with encaustic wax is a challenge at the best of times. It's easier to work small because the melted wax hardens within seconds between the hot plate and painting. You need to work fast or the wax on your brush won't spread. To create a large painting with encaustic wax requires almost super-human speed. Let me tell you more about my process ...
Summer is quickly fading and I hope yours was especially memorable in a good way.
Having just returned from our annual trip to Shediac, New Brunswick visiting my parents, I'm feeling relaxed, thankful and creatively rejuvenated.
Like most people, I don't Google myself very often. But every once in awhile someone mentions they saw something about me online. Of course this piques my curiosity.
Re-posted from December 2016
The holiday season is always a blur of activity for everyone. In the midst of it all, I was invited to show a few pieces in a group show at SB Contemporary. It was called 'Tis the Season'.
Re-posted from January 13, 2017
On December 31, New Years Eve, I opened the mail and was thrilled to see an article about me in Professional Artist Magazine (FEB/MARCH 2017 issue) Great way to begin 2017 !! See page 44 & 45
Since my website is now updated, I'm re-posting earlier videos. This one is my Artist Talk at the Opening of my Solo Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Windsor. Watch video ....
Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by my friend, California artist, Nicholas Wilton. It was a lively conversation via Skype about the need for constant "Reinvention".....
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