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Paula Blackwell

Paula Blackwell is an American artist currently painting in a rural area near Portland Oregon. A practitioner of the ancient technique of encaustic (beeswax and pigment), Paula Blackwell has developed a strong reputation as a painter deftly able to evoke emotion through her deeply expressive, evocatively atmospheric works that exist in a balanced state between realism and process-oriented expressionism. Her recent and ongoing series of small, intimate, moody works exhibit a beautiful sense of depth, subtle shifts of light, and atmospheric translucent surfaces.

Says Blackwell about her process: "My procedure in making encaustic paintings is to begin with several layers of hot liquefied beeswax combined with damar (tree) resin. I lightly fuse the wax to the ground, usually a wood panel, with a torch.

My goal is to emulate an aged or rustic appearance with each piece. I accomplish this by distressing multiple layers with various instruments , beating the surface with old keys, rocks, razor blades etc. I then back fill the marks with oil paint, scraping off the excess. I then cover that surface with another layer of wax before the actual image begins to develop."

Writer Richard Speer described the evocative effect of Blackwell's work as follows: "Eerie, phosphorescent seas and skies aflame with aurora borealis seem to float in and out of visibility in the dreamlike paintings of Paula Blackwell. Using encaustic (wax-based) media, Blackwell's vistas have the feel of semi-abstracted landscapes. In pieces such as The Shore, the artist somehow turns an expanse of cool turquoise into a field of glowing, molten lava - an effect recalling the closing moments of the "Stargate" sequence in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey."




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"Changing Seasons 1"
8.5"x5", $180




"Changing Seasons 2"
8.5"x5", $180




"Changing Seasons 3"
5x8.5"", SOLD




"Changing Seasons 4"
8.5"x5", $180




"Changing Seasons 5"
8.5"x5", $180




"Changing Seasons 6"
5x8.5", $180




"Changing Seasons 7"
8.5"x5", $180




"Mid Season View 1"
9.5"x7", $360




"Mid Season View 2"
9.5"x7", $360




"Mid Season View 3"
9.5"x7", SOLD




"Mid Season View 4"
9.5"x7", $360




"Mid Season View 5"
9.5"x7", SOLD




"Late Season Vista 1"
15.5"x11", $740




"Late Season Vista 2"
15.5"x11", $740




"Late Season Vista 3"
15.5"x11", $740




"Late Season Vista 4"
15.5"x11", $740






"Late Season Vista 5"
15.5"x11", $740




"Late Season Vista 6"
15.5"x11", $740






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