Val Roy

Encaustics. Musicians. Abstracts. Nature. Music. Relationships. Figurative.

Welcome to my new studio...

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Hola from Mexico!  Living a great life!  Some people have asked  about my studio here…so I thought I’d post a couple of photos!  Come up the winding staircase from my living room to a rooftop terraza..and you are there!  360 degree view of the sky and mountains…tin roof to shelter me and my work from the sun and rain.  Internet connection, music, hummingbirds, and lovebirds for company…oh..and the neighbourhood!  Encaustic..melted wax and resin..torches for fire….talk about fun!  Need a break?  Room to hula hoop, lounge in a chaise, putter with my plants, stokes the fire in my chimenea, or nip downstairs for a margarita or a glass of wine!  Time to clean up?  Just pull the plug on your wax. No need to wash your brushes!  Too cool!’s warm actually!   It’s November and I’m still working in my bikini!  lol


Juror's Choice Award

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Sunday was the vernissage for the juried show Mosaic at the Shenkman Centre.


My piece Entwined 2 won a juror's choice award.  This was an abstract figure painting showing two people embracing.  It is very contemporary slightly erotic and colorful.

Colorful Orchestra Inspired Painting

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Abstract Style Orchestra Painting

Original, colorful and expressive mixed media painting depicting an orchestra created with a palette of orange, reds, browns and blues. This artwork is inspired from a recent trip to New Orleans really got my creativity humming!  I have been a fan of live music for years, but have NEVER seen this much energy and passion packed into one tiny bar. The Spotted Cat  was wall-to-wall packed, standing room only.  The windows fogged up from the heat.  A young guy was swing dancing with a much older woman.  Musicians peeked in from the street.  When it was too packed to enter, they just started playing their horns in the doorway, jamming right along with the band.  Awesome!
To capture this energy, I used a lot of bright colors, textures, splatter and collage.  Details and facial features were minimized.  It was the feel, the mood, the passion, I wanted to convey.