Springtime Arrives encaustic painting by Minnesota Mixed Media artist Terry Honstead

•June 9, 2013 • Leave a Comment


This 6 x 12 encaustic painting is my forth attempt at using this challenging medium. I like it, but I do have a lot to learn! It is totally different from anything I have done before! I find that a lot of the time, things bleed that I do not want to bleed! I will keep trying! I have learned that it is much easier to do when the weather is warm. On cold days, the wax hardens very quickly! To see more, check out my website terry-honstead.artistwebsites.com or send me an email at honstead@paulbunyan.net


Encaustic #2 and #3 abstract paintings by Minnesota Mixed Media artist Terry Honstead

•June 6, 2013 • 1 Comment


I finished another encaustic painting today. Actually two of them! These were lots of fun to do. I did them each a little different than the other, but still made them so they could be used together. I have an opening to an art show tomorrow from 5:00 – 7:00 and I may take them with me and just set them out somewhere. I think they really need to set for a while to harden more. This painting has eyelets in and I used oil sticks in both of them as well as metallic foil. the first painting is 5 x 5 and the second one is 6 x 12 although it looks smaller on this page. You can see more of my work on terry-honstead.artistwebsites.com or email me athonstead@paulbunyan.net.


Encaustic #1 abstract landscape painting by Minnesota Mixed Media artist Terry Honstead

•June 5, 2013 • Leave a Comment

This little 5 x 5 encaustic artwork is my very first encaustic painting. For those of you that do not know what encaustic is, it is painting with a mixture of beeswax and damar resin. You cook the mixture until it melts and then you get the clear medium. I also made my own colors out of dry powdered pigment. That is just one of the ways that you can make the colored wax. I really enjoyed making it all myself! This is actually an ancient way of painting that is permanent enough to still have some of it around that was done over 2000 years ago. If you are interested, look up Fayum Portraits online. It is all quite fascinating! Anyway, I am hoping that this is the beginning of something I will really love doing! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at honstead@paulbunyan.net.

“View From Above” abstract landscape by Minnesota Mixed Media artist Terry Honstead

•May 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

This was an abstract landscape painting ( 5 x 7 )that I finished today. It is from a study that I did from a picture of the Grand Canyon. It was a new technique influenced by Gustav Klimt. It was lots of fun to do! I may do several of these in the near future! To see more of my work or to purchase, you can go to terry-honstead.artistwebsites.com or email me at honstead@paulbunyan.net.

Color My World abstract Landscape by Minnesota Mixed Media artist Terry Honstead

•May 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment


Two 30 x 24 stretched canvases make up this abstract mixed media landscape. There are many layers in this and it actually started out a lot more realistic, but I didn’t like it. The colors were not what I was looking for so I just put on more and more layers! This seems a lot more springy!! It can be seen on my website terry-honstead.artistwebsites.com or you can email me for more at: honstead@paulbunyan.net

Dawning of a New Day watercolor Landscape by Minnesota Mixed Media artist Terry Honstead

•April 12, 2013 • 1 Comment


This 27 x 16 in watercolor was done from a picture that my daughter took in our yard. It was taken in the evening and I wanted it to be a sun rise. So many of the shadows and colors are different than the original picture which was very dark! This is for sale on my website where you can also see others that are similar. terry-honstead.artistwebsites.com Or email me at honstead@paulbunyan.net.

The Dawning of a New Day by Minnesota Mixed Media artist Terry Honstead

•March 26, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The Dawning of a New Day

I thought I should post this one more time before I finish it since I had one posted already! I am still having some trouble with the taking of a lighter picture, but I guess it will be good enough for a work in progress! I do have a name now and I am happy with it. The snowshoes will not stay the color that they are right now. It is just an undercoat. I am hoping that this turns out ok because I plan on putting it in the Artists of Minnesota Spring Show which is held toward the end of April. It is in St. Cloud this year, and I am looking forward to it. Since I am president, I will be there and am really looking forward to it! I still have close to a month before I have to have this done. If I keep working on it every day, it should be done by then! Hopefully, I won’t mess up because this is it!! I have already had some problems on the lacing of the snowshoes. It is just confusing to try to draw what I see, even though I do know what I need to do, it is easy to get messed up! I am also not very happy with the gold in the snow, but it is pretty hard to get rid of even though it is a transparent color.

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