Tiny Paintings at ArtVine by Bethany Handfield

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Looking for a cute gift for someone special - that includes you!

I have some of my little Whimsy Home paintings available for sale at ArtVine - located in the Bead Trails Experience in Summerland, BC.

These little paintings are so sweet on their own or grouped together. They are all painted on top of handmade paper that has been wrapped on a cradled panel. 

There are also a selection of my encaustic art cards for sale too.

I will be teaching some classes at ArtVine later this year.

Scenes to Warm the Heart by Bethany Handfield

I am super excited to be part of this lovely group show of Okanagan artists. I had the pleasure of helping hang this exhibition - something I recommend all artists do - and it was fantastic to get up close and personal to all of this great art. Judy Byer is the curator for this series of exhibitions at the Nest & Nectar. 

I invite everyone to come out and see what these talented local artists have been up to. Be sure to bring your wallet ;)

I have two paintings in this exhibition: Spirit Bear & Garden Dreaming.

Spirit Bear, Acrylic + mixed media on wood panel, 24x24"

Spirit Bear, Acrylic + mixed media on wood panel, 24x24"

Garden Dreaming, Encaustic, paper + ink on cradled wood panel, 12x48"

Garden Dreaming, Encaustic, paper + ink on cradled wood panel, 12x48"

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Whimsy Peaks: Heather Yip & Bethany Handfield by Bethany Handfield


I was thrilled to be invited by Heather Yip to join her in a dual exhibition at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna, BC. 

Heather and I both like to play on the edges and in the land of whimsy so it was a match made in heaven. We met during an art retreat at Wells, BC - the

I hope this is first of many collaborations with this wonderful woman.


Start: January 3 @ 8:00 am 

End: March 30 @ 8:00 pm

Phone: 250-717-5304

Email: info@rotarycentreforthearts.com


Rotary Centre for the Arts

421 Cawston Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6Z1 Canada + Google Map

Website:  https://rotarycentreforthearts.com/

Daniella Woolf & Maiwa School of Textiles  by Bethany Handfield

Daniella and Bethany gazing into the future....

Daniella and Bethany gazing into the future....

I was thrilled to participate in two classes with encaustic legend Daniella Woolf last fall at the Maiwa School of Textiles in Vancouver, BC. My attendance at both classes was made possible by a grant from the Thea Haubrich Legacy Fund (which is administered by the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan). 

To say I was thrilled would be a huge understatement. Daniella was an artist I had followed for years through her books and videos. I had been captivated by the boundaries she pushed both personally and in physical space with her work. Limitless repetitions created with a seemingly simplistic grace, but complex in meaning and scope, and all done with great panache. Her installation work was a revelation to me about how far you could go with encaustic off of the panel and paper.  


During the Encaustic Minimalist, a three-day gentle intro to encaustic, we focused on using the Waxmelter Palette, painting on 6x6 wood panels, and using delicious R&F paints. The Maiwa East studio in Vancouver was a delight – spacious and welcoming. We even got to fuse with Iwatani torches. I was able to let go, relax into process, and become fully present with my creations.  

It was in this class that I found myself drawn to the symbol of the triangle. Often associated with the Trinity, the triangle to me denotes a journey with the past, present moment, and future possibility. I feel it is a very active symbol. In my paintings the triangles were pointing up to denote strength and rootedness.  


During RUSTEA, the final two-day class, we explored using rust and tea as mediums with encaustic. We rusted through stencils on paper, rusted fabric for embedding into paintings, and painted on paper with various steeped teas. We then introduced encaustic to this mix for very cool results.  

Daniella was an extremely funny and gracious teacher with a wealth of knowledge.I would be remiss if I did not mention Jane Kenyon who assisted Daniella and all of the students over the 5 days. What a huge job. Jane is an amazing artist in her own right too. If you get the opportunity to take a class with Daniella, Jane, or at Maiwa I would wholeheartedly recommend all. 

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I would like to thank the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan for making this dream trip possible with their assistance. The resulting painting series that bloomed from the seeds planted in this course became "Whimsy Peaks" and is now on display at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna, BC. This series is presented as a dual show with Salmon Arm artist Heather Yip.  

Bethany paints at Opus in Kelowna by Bethany Handfield

Intro to Exploring Whimsical Encaustic (Free Demo)

Location: Opus Art SuppliesKelowna
Sat, December 16, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sat, December 16, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Create fun, abstract encaustic paintings with ease!

I will be demonstrating how to quickly and easily use encaustic to create whimsical paintings. 

I will be working on 1-2 panels to show you how to prep your panel, lay down encaustic, fuse the layers, plus how to use other media such as oil paint and PanPastel with encaustic.

Space is limited and registration is required. Click here for more info
Please visit Opus Kelowna or contact them at 250‑763‑3616 or toll free 1‑800‑814‑8885 to register.

Encaustic Holiday Cards by Bethany Handfield

Exploring Encaustic Holiday Cards 2017

What a fun time I had this past weekend teaching Encaustic Holiday Cards 3 times!

Everyone made such adorable little cards that could be send for holiday greetings or given as gifts. This is one of my favourite classes of the year as everyone takes time to relax, laugh, and eat chocolate and cookies.

Plus we raised some money for SOWINS as partial proceeds from all of the class fees went to help the South Okanagan Women in Need Society.