Monday, April 3, 2017

kdb Artist WEBSITE...

To learn the latest news and view kdb Encaustic Art, log onto my website. I have both Encaustic and Acrylic Art featured on this site.
In my studio I am now offering Encaustic one on one workshops.
You can also like my Facebook Page

 Have you been wondering about the medium of Encaustic?
Encaustic Painting is a medium that is 4000 years old. It is true alchemy. Bees Wax mixed with Damar Resin+ Pigments, heated to 200 degrees, making it liquid. Many layers of heated encaustic medium and pigments are applied with a natural bristle brush, it is then fused with a heat gun, painting layer upon layer until the piece is finished. All of my work is done on Cradled Birch Board as Encaustic needs a firm, non-bendable substrate or the wax will crack. Some pieces are carved right into the wax creating Encaustic Etchings.

Nature is my Muse and molten Bees Wax is one of my favorite mediums.
I became interested in Encaustic painting in 2008. I studied for several years and started Encaustic Painting in 2010. I am in love with this very warm, medium that smells like honey. It is always a joy to be in my Encaustic Studio.
 Over the years I have discovered many things about painting with hot wax. Layers and layers of Encaustic medium and pigments, fused one on top of the next to create a depth that I have not found in other mediums. I like the mysterious look of graphite particles suspended in clear medium layered over a creamy or stark white background. I have also played and worked with the melding of two mediums, embedding photographs or doing photo transfers with my images. The effect is stunning and always a bit of a surprise, depending on the image.

I have also created very large pieces, 4ftx2ft, which is 8 sq. ft. of wax.Etching into the somewhat cooled wax is something I really love. I use a fine needle like tool to scratch onto the surface of the wax. Sometimes I then add Oil Pastel into the crevices and also onto the surface to create the tight scenes of birds, bees, trees and other inspirations from the natural world.

I have been studying, creating and showing my Encaustic Artwork for almost a decade here in Maine. kdb - Maine Encaustic Artist.
Email me or give me a call or text at 207-653-9334 to book your lesson!

Sunday, June 15, 2014


I have been working on an online project, Wilderland.Maine.
This site is an online portfolio of my Maine inspired work, which features kdb Photographs, Acrylic and Encaustic Paintings.
I walk, explore and document the long fingers of land that reach down into the Casco Bay almost everyday in all weather. Deep snow and sunny bright warm days they are all inspiring. Maine is truly lovely in all seasons. My favorite area to document are the reaches that form the banks of the Kennebec River, in the area where this mighty river meets the sea.
This is a unique and spectacular region.
Click onto my site, to explore Wilderland.Maine.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Color Block Series, Winter/ Spring

Icy Contrails and the Icy Marsh  36x48

 Snowy Big Marsh  48x24

Springtime Marsh   24x48
Maine is in a deep freeze at the moment. I have been spending alot of time walking and photographing the icy marshes. So cold but so amazingly beautiful. The colors in snow are infinite, this is the time of year when all I see is various shades of blue shadows reaching out across the land. Simply wonderful.
This Color Block series is a four season Sky, Marsh and Ocean, love note to nature. If you are interested in purchasing a Color Block painting, please send an email.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Color Blocking: The Marshes...

Color Blocking. Skies, Marsh/ Estuary. The dreamy almost undefined horizon and reflected colors are the magic of this series. The seasons, the light, the grasses and the tides are magical. I find that I always have something different to capture, every moment of every day. I am in love with this watery place and all of the Birdies who live there.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Color Blocking Series Continues...

Estuaries and Skies. Really BIG dramatic Skies. Maine has no shortage of natural drama. Truly inspiring.
Maine Big Sky & Estuary I,  Acrylic on Canvas 48x24
Maine Autumn Marsh Acrylic on Canvas 36x40

Big Sky & Estuary II, Acrylic on Canvas 40x30

Thursday, December 19, 2013

New Studio/ New Track of Work...

Estuary/ Ocean / Islands and Sky, Acrylic on Canvas 3x6
Wow. These past 4 months have been filled with moving, setting up a new Studio and just moving forward on many levels. Yay!
My new series is inspired by some of my favorite Contemporary Artists. Rothko, Diebenkorn, Hopper & Mondrian to name a few. Their unique sense of color and how they view the world interests me tremendously.
I have been working on this series for the past year and thinking about it in broader strokes for several years. It was so exciting to paint two in the series.
I am calling this track of work "Color Blocking".
A Contemporary look at the Natural world. The Sea and Estuaries, so far. Mountains and Birches are on my radar moving forward.
A life change can be some powerful mojo!

Marsh & Sky, Acrylic on Canvas 2x4

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

NEW kdb ART Book, "Love Notes to Nature"...

"Love Notes to Nature" I just put together another kdb ART Book. You can download it onto your ipad for FREE. This is easy to download and you can view my "little love notes" as often as you wish in your e-book library. Check it out.

"Love Notes to Nature" 
ART by kdb
Nature is impossibly beautiful. The Edge of the Sea is my favorite place to be. These paintings are inspired by the photographs I take on my mostly daily walks. Encaustic and Acrylic ART by Maine Artist kdb.