Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bye Bye Blackbird

Two more for "Bye Bye Blackbird." I'm liking the paisley pony.

Text goes in the empty white box.

Sonnet 75

Sonnet 75

So are you to my thoughts as food to life,
Or as sweet-season'd showers are to the ground;
And for the peace of you I hold such strife
As 'twixt a miser and his wealth is found;
Now proud as an enjoyer and anon
Doubting the filching age will steal his treasure,
Now counting best to be with you alone,
Then better'd that the world may see my pleasure;

Sometime all full with feasting on your sight
And by and by clean starved for a look;
Possessing or pursuing no delight,
Save what is had or must from you be took.
Thus do I pine and surfeit day by day,
Or gluttoning on all, or all away.

William Shakespeare

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Another illustration for the topic of gray days. Here I'm showing how if you're in a good mood, bad weather doesn't change the way you feel, instead, your bleak surroundings become beautiful.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sad Bath

Before color. Oh geez it looks so tragic. No, it's not a suicide scene. Once color is added, the idea will be clearer. But with this one, I think it can be taken a few different ways.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Bye Bye Blackbird

Finished! Twenty-seven more to go. One day I'll finish this book. The story is "Bye Bye Blackbird." Written by my mom Linda Alenov. It's about a girl named Amelia who lives in a dismal grey world. She decides to go look for someone to play with and ends up collecting an array of colorful animal friends who brighten up her world. So far, in this particular illustration green and blue have not been introduced which is why the landscape is predominantly sepia. I plan on having the border on all the illustrations be much like this one, black and white, with the blackbird in different positions.
Not done yet! In progress. The background line work is done with a kiska so the wax will repel the watercolor I apply. I'll be doing the background color all in sepia.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Wild Seahorse Rider

The wild seahorse rider. Obviously done in illustrator. With more time I'd like to do some hand details (traditional not digital) just to give it a bit more uniqueness. I love the clean, graphic look of illustrator, but it gets a little stale sometimes. I'm really happy with this one though.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

1960's Advertising

Inspired by advertisements of the 1960's. A typical Yardley of London layout. Made with gouache, marker, pen and wax.
The London lipstick party tour bus. This particular piece you may or may not notice is somewhat reminiscent of Pippy Long Stocking. Yes, she is cool.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

White Spider Fern

An image I made ages ago in a good old fashioned dark room. I covered it with wax a couple years ago but it never sold until recently after I added the carving. It will be sad seeing it go.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

John Muir

Climb the mountain and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

- John Muir

Same image without encaustics.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Kafka- The Metamorphosis

A piece done for the short story, "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka. You may be wondering about the female hands? Well, for this particular assignment, I had to illustrate a certain groups thesis which I completely disagree with. The thesis states that the main character and his sister are having an incestuous relationship. So there you go. Subtlety is key.
A mixed media piece of photography, pencil drawing and encaustics. The original work is for sale at my shop All Of Our Beeswax.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Children's Book Illustration

Here is the piece before painted. I'm getting into using wax in my illustrations. All of that texture you see is wax. When the water color is painted over it, obviously the waxed areas stay whatever color was under them. So cool.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Russian Fairy Tale

One of my latest illustrations for a children's book. I hope to work more on this idea to create an entire story of new fairy tales.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Patterns from this Summer

Here are a batch of patterns I worked on this Summer for my internship. They match the Headdress pieces I posted earlier. The patterns are meant to acompany the headdresses on diaries and accordion folders. I'll post those shortly.

Friday, August 21, 2009


I'm working on a series of encaustic illustrations. I create different headdresses for each women. The faces are photographs of friends and family, the headdresses are hand drawn and conglomerated to my liking in photoshop. I print them out and apply the wax mixture and carve details into the headdress. These are currently on display at the Uptown Tea Garden.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Hello Hello

Last Night I Heard You Calling. Let Me Carry You Away.Here is one of my latest encaustics which was just accepted into the MN State Fair fine arts exhibit. I'm so excited.
This is a smaller version though. The almighty piece is three times bigger and framed.
Title of this is "Last Night I heard You Calling. Let Me Carry You Away." A lyric from a song by Kate Wolf.
A snowy Minnesota morning, snow sticking to the branches. This photo was taken pretty much in my back yard. I was so lucky to have a train their this morning.
And of course this is a great photo for encaustics. With a closer look you can see the carving of the branches and texture I added.
Click on any of these photos to visit my Flickr encaustic site where I've posted all the encaustic pieces I've done this Summer.
To Watch His Woods Fill Up with Snow
Here is another encaustic piece from my snow collection which was at the State Fair last year. This was also taken the same snowy morning.
The Walk
A post from my encaustic site. This photo was taken in Moscow, Russia.
morning drifts
church on spilled blood
I spent a year working in Moscow as a nanny/English teacher. I had an amazing amount of free time to travel around taking photos. I am longing to go back to explore more of its country side. I was amazed at the contrast of lifestyles. Once leaving the bustling city, super models walking everywhere, you can travel as little as a half hour and find people selling tea on the side of the road from steaming antique samovars. The wrinkly babushkas urging you to try their homemade sauerkraut along with your black tea.
tsaritsyno bridge
Check out some more of my Russian photographs: