Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"Flight of the Heron"

D.M. Le Bris Copyright 2013

Many heron land in our small pond during Spring, Summer and Fall.
Yesterday during the snow storm I was thinking of them, 
flying over our house, 
looking for a path through the trees to land safely into the pond.
They are so beautiful! I fell in love with these majestic birds.
I am always excited to watch them standing still,
getting ready to catch a frog or a fish,
almost invisible as they blend into the brush.
Now, my binoculars sit idle on the table,
waiting for Spring to return.
Until then, during this winter,
I will make a series of paintings celebrating their flight.
"The Flight" is the first of the series.

Encaustic on panel
Bee's wax, colored pigments, transfer, collage and burnt shellac.


Monday, November 4, 2013

"NH Open Doors" weekend

D.M. Le Bris Copyright 2013

For the firs time, I participated in the NH Open Doors weekend.
I didn't know what to expect 
as I shared my good friend Jessie Pollock's studio. 
Jessie is also an encaustic painter and extremely talented.
I was happily surprised 
to see that a good number of visitors came to visit us on both days.
The weather was sunny and cool 
but perfect for a drive in the country.  
People came from different part of New England 
and were very curious about the encaustic process.
I did enjoy sharing and describing this ancient technique with them.
By the end of the weekend 
I sold four paintings including this large encaustic, displayed above,
which I titled "Brume Matinale".
It was one of my favorite encaustic piece 
and I was a bit sad to see it go.
Our creations are like our children in a way 
and I felt like my child went away!

Encaustic on panel
Bee's wax,  colored pigments, collage, transfer, burned shellac
16" x 16"


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Maupiti Island, work in progress

D.M. Le Bris Copyright 2013

I am still working on this encaustic piece.
When I study it I feel that it needs more texture,
particularly at the bottom of the painting.
I have to be careful as I tend to overdo it!

This image came to me from a memory.
During my trip to French Polynesia,
alone, I visited this tiny island not far from Bora Bora. 
I rented an old bicycle and spent the day admiring
and exploring the island's wild beauty.
The wind on my face felt very refreshing as I peddled away.
My lungs were filled with the scented air,
wild flowers surrounding me caressed me with their rare perfume.
I felt free and happy.
I never wanted that bicycle ride to end!
Often I recall that particular day...

Encaustic on Panel
Bee's wax, colored pigments, shellac, transfer
16" x 16"

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Brume Matinale

D.M. Le Bris Copyright 2013

I have been experimenting with textures on my encaustic paintings.
Brume Matinale (Morning Mist) has many wax layers, 
crevasses and pleasant transparencies.
I can't wait to work on my next experiment!

Encaustic on panel
16" x 16"


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Why do you like Bansky?

 It is very interesting to see what people feel 
when looking at the new Bansky silhouette,
in New York City. 
Watch this video....
Do you agree with the thoughts expressed?

Monday, October 21, 2013

At Home With Louise Bourgeois

This is an article about Louise Bourgeois. 
I wanted to share it with all of you. 
She was quite an interesting woman and artist!
Let me know what you think about this article!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Torch and Palette Studios

The "Torch and Palette Studios" gallery is now on Facebook.   
Classes, workshops and event will be posted regularly. 
Come visit and like "Torch and Palette Studios".

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Open Studio 2013

I took this video to share my paintings and sculptures 
by Gerry Friedman exhibited during the Open Studio.
We had a great turnout of wonderful art lovers.
I had a great time!
Enjoy your visit! :)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour

New work in encaustic - on panel

Encaustic - on paper
Once again, I am participating in the Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour.
Come experience a glorious weekend of Fine art and fall foliage 
in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire. 
Artists open their studios for a self-guided tour showcasing 
sculpture, painting, drawing, jewelry, fiber, photography, 
glass, pottery, wood turning and fine furniture.
Go to www.fallfoliageartstudiotour.com for artist's videos and map.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

"Lotus and Dragonflies"

D.M. Le Bris Copyright 2013

I love lotus flowers, lotus pods and dragonflies.
For this painting I used Bee's wax and colored pigments,
 shellac, shellac inks and transfers.

Encaustic on panel

Saturday, April 27, 2013

"L'Oiseau Bleu"

D.M. Le Bris copyright 2013

Spring is finally here.
I created this painting to celebrate it.
Winter has been too long this year!
I used bee's wax and color pigments,
shellac, shellac inks, India ink and transfers.

Encaustic on panel
8" x 8"


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

"Les Marquises - Hiva-Oa"

D.M.Le Bris Copyright 2013

I have been thinking about the Marquesas Islands these past weeks.
The winter has been long and I yearn for warmth.
I had the chance to travel to French Polynesia in 2000
where I stayed and painted for 3 months.
It was a dream come true to live in Hiva-Oa
where Paul Gauguin spent the last 3 years of his life.
I was able to understand his fascination
with the Maori people and their culture.
The red, orange and green are a gift from Gauguin,
The Tiki and hibiscus are a gift from the islands.

 Encaustic (bee's wax and color pigments),
shellac, India ink and transfer on wood panel
12" x 12"


Friday, March 22, 2013

"Beyond My Window Panes"

D.M. Le Bris Copyright 2013

Three herons passing beyond my window panes...
It was a challenge working on this encaustic painting.
I enjoyed the struggle and discoveries that came with it.

Encaustic, shellac, India ink, collage and transfer on Wood panel.
12" x 12"


Sunday, February 24, 2013

"La Grande Demoiselle"

D.M. Le Bris Copyright 2013

I have been working hard in my studio these past month.
I switched to encaustic on wood panel.
I love painting with encaustic on paper 
but I needed a change during these cold month.
La Grande Demoiselle reminds me of summer
for which I am longing for.
 Outside the snow is falling.
From my Studio's window the landscape is beautiful.

Encaustic on wood panel
8" x 10"