Aesthetic Dialogue at Urban Studio Unbound

I am excited to show my work in the Aesthetic Dialogue Exhibition, at the Urban Studio Unbound (April 21-June 15, 2018).

 

Please, come join me at the opening reception

April 21st 6-9 pm

Urban Studio Unbound

66 Main Street, Yonkers, NY

 

“An artist's work can be recognized by it's visual language - materials, composition, color, genre and conceptual approach. All of these elements coalesce to deliver the story of the work and reveal something about the artist. This exhibition asks the viewer to take a longer look - to consider the dialogue created between the work of art and the viewer.” 

- Urban Studio Unbound

 Solace, acrylic on wood board, 18"x18" and 16"x16"

Solace, acrylic on wood board, 18"x18" and 16"x16"

 Praying Mantis Afternoon, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 36"x36"

Praying Mantis Afternoon, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 36"x36"

 You Are The Heartbeat, encaustic paint and oil stick on wood board, 6"x6"

You Are The Heartbeat, encaustic paint and oil stick on wood board, 6"x6"

 15th and 8th, encaustic medium and paper on wood board, 16"x16"

15th and 8th, encaustic medium and paper on wood board, 16"x16"

 Untitled #26, encaustic paint on wood board, 12"x12"

Untitled #26, encaustic paint on wood board, 12"x12"

Winter Exhibition: Urban Studio Unbound

So excited to have my work showing in the Winter Exhibition at  Urban Studio Unbound in Yonkers, NY! The opening of the show was last night, and was so fun meeting some of the other artists, and seeing everyone's incredible work. This show will be up through March, so pop by the gallery to check it out! Urban Studio Unbound, 66 Main St, Yonkers, NY.

 One of my paintings in the show:  A Comfortable Place To Rest , acrylic on canvas, 36 x36."

One of my paintings in the show: A Comfortable Place To Rest, acrylic on canvas, 36 x36."

Artful Holiday Group Pop-Up Show and Sale

I have been preparing encaustic paintings for a group show that I am participating in this December. I am grateful and excited to be a part of The Artful Holiday Group Pop-Up Show and Sale hosted by artist Marissa Bridge. 

The opening is Saturday December 9th 1-6p. The show will also be open December 10th, 16th and 17th, 1-6p, located at 155 West 29TH ST. 3rd Floor.

Featured artists:

Marissa Bridge Flower Imagery in Mixed Media

Phil Forbes Mixed Media Collages

Barbara A. Friedman Painted Views of Landscapes

Robin Kappy Portraits & Landscapes in Oil & Pencil

Susan Saunders 1970’s B&W Photos of NYC & Infrareds of Long Island.

Me Abstract Encaustic Paintings

Come out to see some beautiful work and take some home with you!

 encaustic paintings 

encaustic paintings 

September Offering Project

Here is my final piece in this year-long painting project! It has been so rewarding to be more committed to my work, and with the help of patrons, to use the proceeds of my art sales to do something good in our world that so desperately needs us. My heart breaks everyday for all of the people and animals recovering from the hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires that have most recently devastated the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. I am heartened by people helping people, and protesting the injustices of white supremacy and regressive politics in our world. The struggle for me in this time has been holding all the darkness and the light - being able to be with what is. I am reminded of the Hazrat Inayat Khan quote, "God breaks the heart again and again and again until it stays open.” 

I plan to continue the Offering Project in the new year in some other form that has yet to be revealed to me. I want to continue to create art within a context of giving 100% of the proceeds to charity. Thank you to everyone who has followed along, and to those who purchased and donated to the cause of their choice. I am in the process of making a card set of this project, for which the proceeds will also be donated. I will let you know when they become available. In the meantime, if you are interested in purchasing a painting in which 100% of the money goes to charity, visit my shop.  XOXOXOX

Written by Alexis Wheeler and edited by Frances Beebe

 

 encaustic paint and oil stick on wood board 12"x12"

encaustic paint and oil stick on wood board 12"x12"

August Offering Project

When I was painting the August Offering Project piece, the news was filled with stories about the riot in Charlottesville, so I dedicated this painting in my heart as a prayer that we can move past the fear, hatred and white supremacy that dominates our culture. As I made my wish for us all to have open hearts and feelings of safety and belonging, I was attracted to the color and metaphysical properties of lapis lazuli. Melody, in her book, Love Is In The Earth, calls it, “the stone of total awareness." She goes on to say, “Lapis lazuli enables one to obtain relief from that which has been pressed into the shallow recesses of the mind, providing objectivity, clarity and mental endurance during the release of emotional bondage. It helps to overcome depression and enhances the states of serenity and self-acceptance. It is said to bring success to relationships.” 

This painting is for sale with all proceeds being donated to charity. Visit my shop for details.

Written by Alexis Wheeler and edited by Frances Beebe

 encaustic and oil paint on wood board 12"x12"

encaustic and oil paint on wood board 12"x12"

July Offering Project

This month's Offering Project is inspired by time I spent in California in early July. While staying in Mendocino, on a visit with longtime friends, I visited with encaustic artist Pamela Hahn in her studio. Pamela is the person who originally introduced me to encaustic painting, as well as R & F Paints in Kingston, NY.

While I was there, she was preparing for an upcoming show at Partners Gallery in Fort Bragg, California. Pamela has been so generous in sharing her creative process. I saw finished paintings, works in progress, as well as some past work. I left that day feeling so inspired, thinking about new techniques to try out.

Thank you Pamela!

This painting is for sale with all proceeds being donated to charity. Visit my shop for details.

Written by Alexis Wheeler and edited by Frances Beebe

 encaustic paint on board 12"x12"

encaustic paint on board 12"x12"

June Offering Project

The Offering Project for June is a painting that embodies the energy of transformation. It is a prayer to learning to live in deep uncertainty, and trusting that everything is unfolding in perfect time. Something I recently read about this resonated deeply in me. The below excerpt is from a beautiful book by Pixie Lighthorse, who writes about transformation in Prayers for Honoring Voice. "Let me be an example of becoming more whole while I am leaving unneeded parts of my previous shape behind. Startle my senses with cellular renewal, awakening my purpose and direction. Move me through the dark nights, and ease the pain of liquification inside the chrysalis. Excavate my soul's gestural poetry, and help me find what is next with fluid movement. Unfurl my damp, untested wings and lift my willingness to the limitless skies." 

This painting is for sale with all proceeds being donated to charity. Visit my shop for details.

Written by Alexis Wheeler and edited by Frances Beebe

 encaustic paint, oil stick and paper on wood board 12"x 12"

encaustic paint, oil stick and paper on wood board 12"x 12"

May Offering Project

The May edition of the Offering Project brings to my mind, a reflection in a pond, in the way that the images of sky and trees appear wavy across the water, and whatever nature may be floating on the surface is in the foreground. The textures and layers of this piece create a pleasing little world of their own.

Today, I am feeling so grateful to have committed to this monthly project. Had I not created this deadline, I may not have begun, or finished, some of these paintings. It's rewarding to show up consistently, and see what happens. That being said, what happens is not always fun or "good," but I have, once again, discovered that there is something deeply meaningful, in faithfully pursuing those things that resonate with the quietest part of my heart.

Written by Alexis Wheeler and edited by Frances Beebe.

 acrylic paint and alcohol ink on wood board 12"x12"

acrylic paint and alcohol ink on wood board 12"x12"

 detail

detail

 detail

detail

April Offering Project

The April Offering Project painting is inspired by springtime and accidents. Springtime, because it's is like living in a painting with all of the bright blooming flowers, and the green haze of the budding trees everywhere. Accidents, because as soon as I thought this painting was "finished," waiting for it to dry, I spilled my black tea with milk and honey all over it. I knew if I wiped up the tea that I would smudge and ruin it. As I thought about this, I noticed the beautiful shiny puddles that the tea created. I decided to incorporate the tea into the painting in the end, with a clear gel that creates a shiny finish. I love when something seemingly disastrous unfolds - inside the studio or out - into something glorious that I couldn't have planned. This reminds me of the Miles Davis quote, "Do not fear mistakes. There are none" 

Written by Alexis Wheeler and edited by Frances Beebe.

 acrylic paint, alcohol ink, oil stick and self-leveling clear gel on wood board 12"x12"

acrylic paint, alcohol ink, oil stick and self-leveling clear gel on wood board 12"x12"

March Offering Project

The sixth painting in the Offering Project marks the halfway point in this series. I chose to work with encaustic paint, and continue exploring the dusk color palette I used in February. I am always grateful to see winter go. With March's offering, I wanted to capture the feeling of winter giving over to spring, and the anticipation of the transformation to come in nature, and in our lives. This painting is for sale with all proceeds being donated to charity. Visit my shop for details.

Written by Alexis Wheeler and edited by Frances Beebe.

 encaustic paint and oil stick on wood board 12"x12"

encaustic paint and oil stick on wood board 12"x12"

52 Weeks Of Landscapes

You are looking at the first painting in a 52 week series of landscapes that I will be posting on my Instagram. I have recently become interested in the idea of creating weekly projects to explore and improve upon my skills. I have been feeling pulled toward painting landscapes for the first time in my life, which is surprising, since I only know myself as an abstract painter. Some of my landscapes will be imagined, while some will be painted in real-life settings, or from photographs. This first landscape was created in acrylic paint on paper, and I imagine that I will paint in various mediums throughout the year. If you are interested in seeing where this leads, please follow me on Instagram. #52weeksoflandscapes.

Written by Alexis Wheeler and edited by Frances Beebe.

 acrylic paint on paper

acrylic paint on paper

February Offering Project

This is the fifth piece in my Offering Project series. It was inspired by the colors in the sky at dusk and the texture that can be created with encaustic paint. When I work in encaustics I usually strive to make the surface of the painting very smooth. With this one however, I was enjoying the texture that was happening and took care to preserve it as I worked. I am excited to see where embracing this texture will lead me in future paintings! This painting is for sale with all proceeds being donated to charity. Visit my shop for details.

Written by Alexis Wheeler and edited by Frances Beebe.

 encaustic paint, oil stick and gold leaf on wood board 12"x12"

encaustic paint, oil stick and gold leaf on wood board 12"x12"

January Offering Project

The fourth piece in this Offering Project series is bright and powerful. It was made in support of resistance to the Trump regime. Because of the horrors we are witnessing in our country, I have added three more charities to our donation list: Council on American-Islamic Relations, American Civil Liberties Union and Southern Poverty Law Center

Written by Alexis Wheeler and edited by Frances Beebe.

 encaustic paint and oil stick on wood board 12'x12'

encaustic paint and oil stick on wood board 12'x12'

Artist Residency

Last fall, I came across an artist residency that I was interested in doing. I wanted to have a period of time to solely focus on art-making. As I was working on the application, I was talking about it with my client Teri of Coyne Coaching. The first thing she said was, " You have already taken the time off, even if you don't get the residency you should take the time anyway and be in your studio, do your own residency"  I really had not thought of that as an option and I knew she was right. I have studio space in my home and a strong studio practice already. Months later, I was disappointed that I was not accepted to the residency program, but thankfully, that feeling was short-lived. What Teri said was already firmly planted in my mind and I quickly shifted to excitement about having two full weeks in my studio to make art! The reframe made me realize that had I not applied to the residency, I would never have taken the time off work to ONLY make art. Sometimes our biggest disappointments are our best opportunities. 

I will be away from my salon, Crown, from January 20th through February 6th. You can take a peek into what I will be making during that time on Instagram.

Written by Alexis Wheeler and edited by Frances Beebe.

 

December Offering Project

Happy New Year! 

Here is the piece of artwork I have created for the December installment of the Offering ProjectThis painting came to me in my meditation practice. It was the first time I received a complete image for a painting while meditating, and needless to say, it was very exciting! The painting is for sale with all proceeds being donated to charity, as with every work in the Offering Project. If you are interested, please make a donation, and stipulate which of the following charities will receive it: The Trevor Project, The Humane League or the National Resources Defense Council

Written by Alexis Wheeler and edited by Frances Beebe.

 acrylic paint on wood board 12"x12"

acrylic paint on wood board 12"x12"

Encaustic Altar Paintings

These new Encaustic Altar Paintings recently came to me as a idea when a friend visited from upstate New York. She came to my salon, Crown, to have her hair done, and to spend some time together. Her mother had just died, and I really wanted to take care of her. My friend left NYC last year, and has been living with her parents so that she and her father could take care of her mother who was suffering from dementia. I knew I could not lessen her grief, but I also know a good cut and color can lift someone in inexplicable ways. Part of my taking care of her was to make her a little painting, and I had found a package of small encaustic boards in my art supplies earlier. So, I heated up my encaustic paints and began to explore, until I came to a painting that I knew was for her. The next day, I gave her the painting and she was so happy and said, "I am going to put this on my altar!" She sparked this idea to make altar paintings, and I am pleased to introduce these.

Written by Alexis Wheeler and edited by Frances Beebe.

 a cluster of paintings I am working on

a cluster of paintings I am working on

November Offering Project

Here is the November Offering Project painting. For many of us, November has been a very emotional month between heartbreaking political news and the events that have been surrounding this outcome. My response to this was to do some encaustic painting, to create a work with a soothing feel. This painting is for sale with all proceeds being donated to charity, as with every work in the Offering Project . If you are interested in this painting, please make a donation, and stipulate which of the following charities will receive the donation: The Trevor ProjectThe Humane League or the Natural Resources Defense Council. Now is the most important time to support these groups and many others that are doing great work in our country.

Happy donating! -Alexis

Written by Alexis Wheeler and edited by Frances Beebe.

 encaustic paint on wood board 12"x12"

encaustic paint on wood board 12"x12"

Running as spiritual practice

I just got turned on to the running episode of Krista Tippet's On Being. You can check it out here, onbeing.org . It was so inspiring to listen to what running means to all the people who were interviewed. I am trying to have a practice of being in my body more, moving more. Running comes and goes in my life, but it does always seem to come back. It can be hard and is something I really love. 

The Offering Project

I am thrilled to announce the launch of a brand new venture today.

It is called The Offering Project.

The Offering Project will span the next 12 months with the unveiling of a new and original painting each month. The paintings will be in a 12 x 12" format, and will be for sale in the SHOP section of this site. I will be posting my progress along the way on Instagram.

The part of this I love the most is that - all proceeds go to charity (translation: I will donate 100% to your pick of 1 of these 3 charities: Trevor Project,  Humane League or the Natural Resources Defense Council.

What do I hope to achieve through this?

1. I create more art on a more consistent basis than ever before.

2. I get to share art with a wider audience. 

3. The money goes to great causes.

Please join me, and watch for the work coming out on the last day of each month. If you like it, donate, and it's yours!

Written by Alexis Wheeler and edited by Frances Beebe.

 Supplies gathered!

Supplies gathered!