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This is an encaustic work that I finished a while ago. I was honored to have it accepted into the WAG Juried Show in May. I just got it back from being scanned and now have a beautiful image of the work. Encaustics have been around for 4000 yrs and have lasted unbelievably through the years, but due to the nature of the beeswax used in the process, it can be damaged if exposed to temperature above 150F (i.e. inside a hot car, if your home gets that hot , you probably have bigger problems than the painting.)

Kanaloa and Pele - Pati O'Neal

I created this piece to take advantage of the properties of the medium and to get really into the spirit working with the heat and trying to capture it within the work. The different textures in the painting educes the energy of the Hawaiian goddess of the volcano, Pele, meeting the Hawaiian god of the ocean/underworld, Kanaloa, as molten lava flows into the ocean on the Big Island of Hawai’i. The original is 18″h x 36″w on a cradled panel. Limited edition giclées on heavy archival rag paper and open edition matted mini-prints are available through my website at

After a busy holiday season, it’s time to get back on track! I’m looking forward to a lot of new artwork. First a little back tracking…. I wanted to post an encaustic painting that I was working on when I took a vacation from blogging. I love doing encaustics when the weather is cold. It is called “Trees of Life”. The apparent tree of the work is a representation of the monkey pod tree in my backyard that overlooks my studio space. The other “tree” in the work, is the coconut tree fiber from the tree in my front yard. I used the fiber in the background along with natural canvas. It is 18″h x 24″w on a cradled wooden panel.


Trees of Life - Pati O'Neal

On a separate note – It was exciting to when I heard someone mention they saw my painting “Staggerwing Reflections” in Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine. (First time I’ve had my name and artwork in a nationally published magazine!)

Have a good weekend!

Here are a couple of small encaustic pieces that I did for the Matchbox Plus Show at the Cedar Street Galleries.

They will be on exhibit there until December 5, 2010.

They are both 2  6″x6″ panels mounted on a cradled board.

The first is titled “Glacier”



This one is titled “Whitewash”