Nest & Nectar Opening by Bethany Handfield

It is lovely to be a part of the Nest & Nectar winter show. There is a very nice selection of paintings hanging. Judy Byer runs the exhibition and Fergy & Randy from N&N are the hosts.

Opening reception is on Tuesday, October 10th 5:00 to 7:00 pm

There will be snacks and wine.

My painting Rising Up I is on display.

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So Board @ Saint-Germain Cafe Gallery by Bethany Handfield

Yikes! Another challenge to twist my brain - ha ha. This time around we will be painting on old skateboards. And wouldn't you know it, mine is full of holes!!! 

Opening reception: Tuesday, October 12th

Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Where: Saint-Germain Cafe Gallery

449 Main Street, Penticton, BC

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Advanced Contemporary Portraiture with Lora Murphy by Bethany Handfield

What an amazing three day experience I just had! Three whole days of painting with my fabulous CanwaxWest friends and being instructed by the glorious Lora Murphy. What a pure gem she is!

Lora taught us all how to make portraits using her set of encaustic paints from Enkaustikos. Her set contains a percentage of microcrystalline so the paints were thinned out with flexibility. We painted on board, paper, and gessoed canvas.

We were also treated to a range of mixed media products such as Ceracolours and Gamblin's Cold Wax.

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I highly recommend Lora to anyone wanting to learn portraiture. 

Tulip Heart created with encaustic & cold wax

Tulip Heart created with encaustic & cold wax

Tim Tweed the Splendid Bastard created with Lora's Enkaustikos waxes and Ceracolors

Tim Tweed the Splendid Bastard created with Lora's Enkaustikos waxes and Ceracolors

Waxing Poetic 2017 by Bethany Handfield

I was thrilled to receive an Honourable Mention at this year's CanwaxWest Waxing Poetic exhibition in Penticton, BC for  my painting Rising Up IV. It is one of my favourites and it was so lovely to know that others liked it too. This exhibition is always an incredible opportunity to see how artists from across Western Canada are working in encaustic. It was extremely varied in style and content. I look forward to next year's showing.

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Snakebite 48 hour Film Challenge by Bethany Handfield

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The "Too Busy" crew: Julie Tache, Zach MacIntyre, Maxwell D MacIntyre, & me!

The "Too Busy" crew: Julie Tache, Zach MacIntyre, Maxwell D MacIntyre, & me!

This summer I was so thrilled to be invited on the Guys & Dolls team to make a 48 hour movie for the Snakebite Film Festival. This event was part of the Penticton Arts Council's Arts Rising Festival. 

We all met up on the Friday night to find out the unique prop, line of dialogue, and genres we would need to include with our film. From shooting to editing we only had from Friday night to Sunday afternoon - it was a big feat!

We were so surprised when we found out the 48 hour movies were all going to be screened at the Penticton Landmark Cinema on Sunday, September 24th. Would our movie translate to the big screen? (We shot it on my cell phone.) Would the sound be okay? (It was awesome!)

What an amazing experience it was for everyone involved. And to make it even neater we won "Best Sound Design"! How cool is that?

You can see our movie here:

Shades of Brilliance by Bethany Handfield

It was a wonderful challenge to take part in Shades of Brilliance - a fundraiser for the Penticton Art Gallery and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.

Artist created a lamp shade or a full lamp to be auctioned off at the event on Saturday, September 23rd. 

Not being functional design minded, this was a bit of a challenge for me. With an amazing collection of beads and crystals at my disposal, curtesy of artist Jodi Forster, I strung, and wrapped, and wound, and strung some more, for days on end. All while watching Twin Peaks the Return ;)

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After about 3 days of serious work the lamp shade was born that I am calling Shades of Gypsy as it would seem to fit beautifully in Stevie Nicks' bedroom or a fortune teller's caravan. Finished off with an Edison bulb she was ready to hang. The lamp shade contains crystals of rose quartz, citrine, turquoise, jasper, topaz, tigers eye, and so much more. A true labour of love.

Inspiration from the Past by Bethany Handfield

Busy Cities Found

I was very excited to find original photos from my Busy City series from series from 2011. The copies I had been working with were shot in terrible light and had a real yellow cast to them. It was great to find the bright and cheerful original files.


Looking back on this much loved series, I also had the chance to reflect on how far I have come working with encaustic and can see all that I would do differently now. With this in mind, I am am looking forward to revisiting this series with fresh new works - to incorporate my acquired skills, techniques, and media experience. 

These paintings were created before I began to really work with collaging, transfers, pigment sticks, metallics, inks, and pastels - all my current go to favourites. 

It will be exciting to see what the new cities will look like and the evolution of myself as an artist. I will be sure to post about this journey here and over at Exploring Encaustic.

Watch this space for more :D


Thank You Shary, Enkaustikos & R&F Paints by Bethany Handfield

What a joyous surprise to get this lovely gift in mail!

Shary Bartlett, being the amazingly caring person that she is, let some of the vendors at the Encaustic Conference know that I was unable to attend this year due to illness.

Look at the goodies they sent!

Mini R&F Paints Pigments Sticks, Interference paints  and other samples from Enkaustikos, and a bag from the conference. What a lucky gal am I!