Encaustic Crowns

I took a graduate course at Syracuse University in May 2012.  In six weeks, I created fifty paintings!  I love the briskness of the brushstrokes, the smell of the wax and the intensity of the color!  It’s all about texture too and the fact that I can easily incorporate mixed media items into the work.  My favorite thing was adding the Monopoly money as collage because I’m really into using game pieces in my work.  Playing cards, dice, and other gaming elements evoke personal connections for the viewer while still maintaining my own emotional link, which makes the work have a more universal quality.

I used clay tools to carve the images in this series of twelve crowns.  They are painted on masonite and mounted on chalkboard painted masonite and are available for $125 each..

Crowning Glory, 18" x 15", 2012, encaustic, $125
Karen Tashkovski, Crowning Glory, 18″ x 15″, 2012, encaustic, $125

 

Coin Princess, 18" x 15", 2012, encaustic, $125
Karen Tashkovski, Coin Princess, 18″ x 15″, 2012, encaustic, $125

 

For Jasper, 18" x 15", 2012, encaustic, $125
Karen Tashkovski, For Jasper, 18″ x 15″, 2012, encaustic, $125

 

Modern Pharoah, 18" x 15", 2012, encaustic, $125
Karen Tashkovski, Modern Pharoah, 18″ x 15″, 2012, encaustic, $125

 

Monarch, 18" x 15", 2012, encaustic, $125
Karen Tashkovski, Monarch, 18″ x 15″, 2012, encaustic, $125

 

Navy King, 18" x 15", 2012, encaustic, $125
Karen Tashkovski, Navy King, 18″ x 15″, 2012, encaustic, $125

 

Orange Jack, 18" x 15", 2012, encaustic, $125
Karen Tashkovski, Orange Jack, 18″ x 15″, 2012, encaustic, $125

 

Queen, 18" x 15", 2012, encaustic, $125
Karen Tashkovski, Queen, 18″ x 15″, 2012, encaustic, $125

 

Royal Gamer, 18" x 15", 2012, encaustic, $125
Karen Tashkovski, Royal Gamer, 18″ x 15″, 2012, encaustic, $125

 

The Lucky One, 18" x 15", 2012, encaustic, $125
Karen Tashkovski, The Lucky One, 18″ x 15″, 2012, encaustic, $125

 

Valentina, 18" x 15", 2012, encaustic, $125
Karen Tashkovski, Valentina, 18″ x 15″, 2012, encaustic, $125

 

Wedding Crown, 18" x 15", 2012, encaustic, $125
Karen Tashkovski, Wedding Crown, 18″ x 15″, 2012, encaustic, $125