Cottage Gate

Cottage Gate
6x6"
Encaustic painting on panel


Note on the painting: In this painting I start to explore using photographs as a collage element. I love using my own photographs, and this one has personal history. This gate was part of the first home that my husband and I bought... a 1920's bungalow in Richmond, VA. The gate opened up to a little cottage garden that we had in the backyard.
This photo has been mounted to a wood panel then painted with encaustic paint, which is made with a mixture of beeswax, damar resin and pigment. In addition to the photograph and paint, I've also used India ink and marks made with metallic foil.

Blackbird

Blackbird
6x6" Encaustic on panel
©2011 Giselle Gautreau

This painting is on view at Many Hands Gallery, in Capitola, CA

Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.

-Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, by Wallace Stevens

Octopus

Cephalopod
©2011 Giselle Gautreau
4x4" Encaustic painting on panel
NFS

True story: My seven year old son went on a field trip recently to the UCSC Seymour Marine Lab in Santa Cruz. The students heard about the octopus that they have there. Apparently at one time fish kept disappearing from a tank at the lab and the folks there decided to set up a video camera to find out what was happening to the fish. The octopus was seen leaving it's own tank, going across the floor to where the fish were and eating them before returning back to his own tank.
Smart!


Greyhound

Greyhound
©2011 Giselle Gautreau
Encaustic painting on panel
4x4"

NFS

About this painting:
I've had two greyhounds in my life. Our first dog, Gus, came to us by way of Tennessee... a stray dog in need of a home. My husband & I were renting a 2nd floor apartment in Charlottesville, VA that didn't allow dogs, so it was rather challenging trying to sneak a 75 lb dog past our landlord's office, which was right across the street. We weren't successful, so eventually moved so that we could keep Gus.
Our second greyhound, Soprano, was a retired racing greyhound. He had a silver face and a slate grey coat that got more silver-grey as he aged. He moved across country with us, enjoying his last days in sunny California. Not a bad retirement for a race dog who spent the first five years of his life working hard in snowy New Hampshire.
This little painting is my homage to these gentle & regal dogs. They make fabulous family members, by the way.
Soprano was adopted through Greytexpectations, an amazing organization based in Maryland.