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!

Exploring Encaustic: 3 Classes at the Shatford Centre by Bethany Handfield

Learn to paint with beeswax in the beautiful South Okanagan. Encaustic is method of painting where pigmented beeswax is applied to a substrate using a heat source. Through the Exploring Encaustic series of art classes Bethany guides students on their creative journey with a focus on safety and fun. Having worked with encaustic for 10+ years students can be confident in her instruction and will gain a solid foundation in this medium. 

August 26 & 27: Exploring Encaustic – Intro to the Hotplate
September 9*: Exploring Encaustic – Stencils & Texture
September 10*: Exploring Encaustic – I Love Metallics

Click here to register


The Ripoffs are at it again! by Bethany Handfield

At it again, we "rip off" Sir John A. McDonald, Canadian history, every Canadian artist you ever heard of (and some you haven't), even old currency, and manage to have a great time while we do it!

Featuring a group of local artists who create in a variety of styles working live at the Quail’s Nest in Oliver, BC.

Opening reception Monday July 10 at 6 pm with a Confederation high tea.

The artists will be working Tuesday to Saturday 9 am to 3 pm with a closing reception at 3 pm on Saturday at the Quail's Nest Art Centre: 5840 Airport Road Oliver, BC V0H1T0

We are "ripping off" Canadian artists this time and I am excited to have Maud Lewis as my subject. I am a little obsessed with her cats! I will be recreating the $10 bill in her style and in encaustic. This will be a very interesting challenge for me as the $10 bill is quite detailed but Maud's paintings are deliciously simple.

Exploring Encaustic Workshop: The Iron by Bethany Handfield

I am simply thrilled to be teaching at the Bead Trails Experience again this August. I love their crew and the space is adorable.

George & Friends 2017 by Bethany Handfield

I am super honoured to be part of George & Friends the year. It is always a terrific group showcase of the amazing talent in the valley. Still not sure if I am putting in paintings or dolls! Hmmmmmm........

BEARD: the final shave by Bethany Handfield

Beard Art Show

I was so excited to be part of this super fun group show!

Saint-Germain Cafe Gallery

Thursday, June 1st, 5pm - 8pm

We're celebrating the end of our exhibit BEARD with a little party. It's your last chance to see the ecclectic exhibit and buy a piece of one-of-a-kind artwork. We'll have cool music, sweet treats and a few cool giveaways. 

Featured Artists:
Jan Little Jessie Dunlop  
Jenny Long Carol Munro  
Kristine Lee Carla O'Bee
Derrie Selles Bethany Handfield
Neil Terry Petra Höller
Mercedes Kordass Debbie Tougas
Maiya Robbie Liz Marshall
Tim Tweed

My entry "Rasputin" <3

My entry "Rasputin" <3