Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pat O'Neill - Upcoming Contemporary Artist

Palm Tree Cove - Encaustic

Cascade in Waters - Encaustic Art

Into The Inferno - Aceo

Fantasy Fortress

Windswept Flower

Mandala 1

An English Field

Bamboo, Green

A Tori - An Original Encaustic

Pastel Pansies - An Original Encaustic Painting

Fairies Darting - Encaustic Aceo

Pat O'Neill - Propagating The Art of Encaustic

Country - United Kingdom

Personal Profile - I love encaustic art or "playing" and painting with wax. This medium has a history that dates back some 2000 years although it is enjoying renewed popularity due to modern technology which allows the artist to use hot electrical tools to manipulate the molten wax. I have a book entitled My Encaustics- Art in the Wax which is available from http://blurb.com/user/store/onawhimsey. I also have a couple of soft back copies available in my Etsy shop http://onawhimsey.etsy.com

Gallery - Art on Fire

Other Blogs of Pat O'Neill

1. On A Whimsey
2. On A Whimsey - An Encaustic Adventure
3. Pat's Encaustic- Art In The Wax

Encaustic art?

What is it?

The name encaustic comes from the Greek for ” burnt in ” …..

It is claimed that the art of encaustic wax painting is at least over 2000 years old and that it was practised by the Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. Since it has lasted, in some cases, over 2000 years it is considered a very durable form of Art. Around the world there are examples of portraits which have been painted on wood.

Examples of encaustic tomb portraits from Roman Egypt bear witness to the durability of the medium, which is thought to have been widely used in ancient times. Pliny describes the process in which hot liquid colors were applied to the wall by means of heated irons. It is believed that the waxes used to be heated in containers over a charcoal fire until molten and then applied to the wood with brushes or perhaps heated spatulas.

Nowadays, artists have the use of modern technology and thus are able to produce beautiful works of art with electric tools.

True encaustic painting is produced through a process in which the coloured wax is permanently ‘burned’ into an absorbant backing such as plaster, canvas or some woods. However, today, the technique of laying wax on a non absorbant support is generally regarded as encaustic art.

The amazing attribute of using the molten wax is that whenever the hot implement such as an iron touches it, the wax will melt and thus can be re-worked. So, you can alter the image until you are satisfied.

The waxes can be of many types. However, they are usually specially formulated to provide art quality colours in a safe non toxi form which is designed to be used when melted. This wax melts at 40 degrees Fahrenheit ot just over 60 degrees Centigrade. The most popular for the beginner is wax made into manageable blocks or sticks. Otherwise, wax can be melted, different pigments added according to requirements etc.

The main tool is the painting or encaustic iron. The base plate is used to smooth and texture the wax whilst the edge can be scraped or made to slide through the medium. Again, the tip of the iron can be used to draw in details. Encaustic art painting card is specially impregnated and enables the wax to slide around the surface without allowing too much absorbtion. The card resists heat damage and is tough and flexible.

Other tools can include an encaustic art stylus, scribing tools, hot air guns. Whatever comes to hand.

Other supports can be used creating different effects such as wood, fabric, plastic or metal.

It is an exciting medium which is not difficult master has limitless boundaries. Only the imagination can stop you!

Quoted From The Blog of Pat O'Neill


I must admit that this is the first time I heard of Encaustic art and I am very excited about it. It is a revolutionary way of artistic endeavor using molten wax to paint your desired subject. Although this has been used for over 2,000 years now, it is now widely propagated by Ms. Pat O'Neill with outstanding results. Her works are simply fantastic and have the quality and flair of works by the masters. It is to her genius that she can get carried away in molding the desired patterns and forms in her masterworks. The Aceo cards are also very recent forms of art that were used before in cigarette packs and baseball cards. All art connoisseur should take advantage of the very cheap prices of these artworks before they become widely accepted and their prices will rocket to sky high.

Tags: Upcoming Contemporary Artist, Pat O'Neill, Encaustic Art, Molten Wax, Aceo, Ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Burn Out, Encaustic Iron, Art, Paintings, Masterworks, United Kingdom, Art Connoisseur, Artworks, Etsy

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla


Art Review/Feature

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tomas Karkalas - Upcoming Contemporary Artist

Tomas Karkalas

Tomas Karkalas, 53, male from Klaipeda, Lithuania, born in 1955.

Foreword - (Quoted verbatim from his own foreword) - The depth of steps we have in life is defined by our love one to another.

There are great difference between art therapy and the life of art showrooms, yet the pictures look alike- only names of the artists radiate other authority. I'm not going to discuss the above riddle or to dive into specializations, just welcome you to the wonderland of beauty. The blog don't discuss the healing problems but depicts the art therapy from the viewpoint of its participants. I welcome you to glimpse at our diaries. We are sharing not some manuals but the gratitude for the light that warms the hearts of us all. (Quoted verbatim from his own foreword)


Tomas Karkalas' works fall under a different category than the usual art paintings. His work is what he calls art therapy and is more of an expression of the soul. Art here is taken in the context of a healing therapy that embodies the holistic approach to human expression. His works are not only works of art but longings of one's soul to find expressions and freedom in the art form. His works are neither named (although some of them are) nor formally categorized (categories are by human experience) and he uses different materials in his works of art. The colors of his works are so vibrant and expressive. They burst forth in a cascading landscape of both colors and free form. There is no limit to this kind of art form for who can limit the expression of one's soul as it attains mastery over its fragile body through the art of healing therapy?

Blogs By Tomas Karkalas

1. Art Mirror
2. Art Hiker
3. Dayfly
4. Candleday
5. Modus Vivendi
6. Online Art Gallery
7. karkalas/Transformational Art

Tags: Contemporary Painter, Upcoming Painter, Tomas Karkalas, Lithuania, Painting, Art, Expression, Art Therapy, Healing Therapy, Expression of Soul, Transcendence, Philosophy of Life, Free Form, Freedom of Expression

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Shahrin Shaari - Upcoming Contemporary Artist

Naga Village - Sold

Pumpong Sunset

Rest House

Kubang Rotan Dockyard

Langkawi, Malaysia

Kuala Kedah Dockyard

Kedah Village - Original Sold

Paddy Harvest Track

East Coast Wind

Aked - My Son

Shahrin Shaari

Shahrin Shaari

Male, born on February 2 and residing at Alor Star, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia

Personal Profile

My day is at my studio painting in oil, acrylic and watercolour as a fine artist. I spend as much time as I can outside or at home in the studio, sketching with various media. These paintings and sketches are the emphasis of this art shop. I am also doing professional photography for the benefit of my artistic develoment from time to time.


Shahrin's works of art are very refreshing and stimulating. His backdrop of the rural scene in Malaysia adds to the exotic appeal of his paintings. His paintings are done in acrylic with vibrant colors that seem to come alive as you watch them. His painting of his son is a masterpiece in the making. The colors are remarkably alive and soulful. It speaks of his great love and devotion to his son. There's still a lot of potential for this Malaysian artist especially if his work will be recognized internationally. You can see his entire collection at his blog or at his shop at Portrait Gallery.

Tags: Contemporary Paintings, Upcoming Artist, Shahrin Shaari, Malaysia, Acrylic, Canvas, Arts, Shahrin Shaari's Art, Portrait Gallery, Asia

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Arts/Literature/Classical Music

Sunday, February 1, 2009

John Wright- Upcoming Contemporary Artist

Out of the desert
Mixed media on watercolour paper, 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"
(Done by John Wright's wife- Maeve)

watercolour, pencils and black gel pen on watercolour paper, 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"
(Done by John Wright's wife- Maeve)

Last of the Comforting Dark
watercolour on watercolour paper, 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

Justin at Whitby
watercolour on watercolour paper, 8" x 5"

Boats at Whitby
watercolour on watercolour paper

Royal Hotel, Whitby
Watercolour on watercolour paper 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

Statue of Tennyson, Lincoln Cathedral
watercolour on watercolour paper, 11 3/4" x 8 1/4"

The Rooftops of Henrietta Street, Whitby
watercolour on watercolour paper, 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

Arran, looking towards Kintyre
Acrylic on canvas, 24 cm x 30 cm

Whitby Houses
watercolour on watercolour paper, 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

John Wright - United Kingdom

Personal Profile (Quoted verbatim from his own personal profile)


I have always liked to draw and paint, but didn't take it up seriously until I was in my early 30's. I attended a local evening class and was very lucky to find a very good and patient teacher. I joined a couple of local art groups and gradually developed my style and interests.

I paint a variety of subjects in pastels, acrylics and watercolour. Through the medium of my art, I try to express the particular mood or feeling that these subjects evoke. I have a love of coastal areas particularly Whitby and the Robin Hood's Bay area of the North Yorkshire coast. I also like to paint the Suffolk coast and I enjoy the challenge of capturing the light and atmosphere of that part of the country. I work mostly from sketches and photographs but I also like to paint in the landscape itself. My abstract paintings are informed by the techniques I use in my figurative paintings. Certain abstract paintings may suggest a landscape or a still life, although the paintings themselves are non -representational. I am constantly revising and looking at fresh approaches to the way I work.

I have recently taken up art full time. Presenting and selling my work online is part of my strategy. It gives me a chance to show my work to a wide audience, who hopefully will like it enough to buy it. (By the way, a big thank you to all those who have bought my work so far. It is very encouraging to me when I sell a piece of work.)

If you are interested in purchasing my work or to ask me about any aspect of my work , please contact me at feather_wright@hotmail.com.


John Wright is a very promising artist that is probably starting out his artistic career. He is using mostly watercolors on watercolor papers. His style is fresh and stimulating reminiscent of the great impressionist styles of the great masters. It will probably be more exciting to see his works of paint on canvas. His art works can be purchased at Ebay under John 856cat or at his etsy shop at Arty John's Shop. He maintains his own blog at John Wright Art.

Note: The first two paintings above- Rainbowville and Out of the Desert are done by John Wright's wife- Maeve.

Tags: Great Works of Art, Contemporary and Upcoming Artists, John Wright, United Kingdom, Impressionism, Great Masterpieces, Masters, Neo Colors, Ebay

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla

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