Saturday, September 17, 2016

Oregon Society of Artists 2016 Fall Show.  I've been experimenting with abstracted florals, painted entirely with molten beeswax.  If you have a preference toward the brighter or more somber color tones please tell me, or any questions?  Thank you friends:)   Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

       24x18 Encaustic floral, gold leaf frame.
         14x11 Encaustic floral, with linen mat.

8x6 Encaustic floral, gold leaf frame.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Upcoming art shows Encaustics Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

"Meredith", 16"x12", Encaustic (painted entirely with molten, pigmented beeswax)

Upcoming shows with my new Encaustic paintings, variety of sizes and prices, Figures, Florals, and little Birds:

*Oct 1-4,  48th annual Local 14 Art Show in Miller Hall at the World Forestry Center in Portland, details at

*Portland Open Studios two weekends Oct 10, 11, 17, 18.   Over 100 artists in the Portland area will have their studios open to the public from 10-5 all 4 days.  This notice will serve as an invitation to come to my studio at 3511 NE Fremont, Portland 97212 (I'll be doing demos all 4 days, and I'll have refreshments).  To visit other studios a calendar and map may be purchased for $15 (New Seasons, Muse Art, Columbia Art, Collage, I've Been Framed, etc) or a paid smart phone app is available for $4.99 (free mobile app around Oct. 1), all details at  It's a popular annual event and opportunity to see artists at work all around the city.

-Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Encaustic Floral Still Life Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Floral paintings appeal to many and I'm enjoying painting more of them.  This encaustic painting is 12"x12" and is painted with many layers of molten, pigmented beeswax with each layer fused to underneath layers of wax with a propane torch. I'm currently building my inventory of paintings back up.  My next upcoming shows are Local 14 Annual Art Show at the World Forestry Center in Portland the first weekend of October, and Portland Open Studios event 4 days in October, (October 10-11 and 17-18 from 10-5 at my studio in NE Portland).  See Local 14 Annual Art Show, and Portland Open Studio websites for full details. Thanks all for your support.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Encaustic Floral 6"x6" Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

This small 6"x6" encaustic floral (molten, pigmented beeswax) is one of 20 of my encaustic paintings (molten, pigmented beeswax) which will be shown at the Annual Garden Art Show at Crow Valley Pottery and Gallery ("The Cabin") on Orcas Island, WA, June 26 thru July 12, 2015. "The Cabin" is a historic Island landmark built in 1866 and is one of two gallery spaces, the 2nd one being a year-round shop in the heart of "downtown" Eastsound on Orcas Island.

While I lean toward painting the female figure, it is certainly the case that small florals and birds resonate with many viewers.
                    -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Saturday, April 18, 2015

"Waterfall" and "Portrait" Encaustics, Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

 "Waterfall Scene" 
"Lucinda's Mood"
"Amanda Occasionally"

These Encaustic portraits are second versions of ones I painted earlier;  I continue working on the impression of skin, painted only with layers of molten, pigmented beeswax, with each layer fused to underneath layers with a propane torch.  I'm also posting an encaustic painting of a 16x22 waterfall scene.  I'm attempting to show my versatility:).

I have several shows/events coming up this year 2015:  Lake Area Artists show at the Lakewood Center in Lake Oswego, April 24-26; Crow Valley annual Garden Art Show, Orcas Island, WA, June 26-July 12; Local 14 annual art show/sale; World Forestry Center, Portland, 1st weekend in October; and Portland Open Studios, 2nd and 3rd weekends, October.  At all of the shows I'll have a wide variety of sizes/prices.
                 -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Encaustic portrait 14"x11 "Turquoise" by Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Many layers of molten, pigmented beeswax, with each layer fused to underneath layers with a propane torch. "Turquoise", 14"x11", is one of my newest encaustic paintings. She is in a wide gold leaf frame.
                     -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Friday, January 9, 2015

Encaustic figurative 22x18 "Emma Alone" Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

"Emma Alone" is the first larger (22x18) encaustic painting I have done in 2015.  As with all my encaustic work, it is painted entirely with layers of molten, pigmented beeswax, using a propane torch to fuse each new layer to underneath layers. The molten wax moves under the propane torch, so for me that is the hardest part of the process. As I work on a painting, my daughter Erica gives me critiques when I ask, which is most helpful because she is so honest.  Best of New Years to each of you.
                       -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Watercolor sketch practice for encaustic paintings Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Watercolor sketches in the evenings keep me interested. Quick drawing from life is important because when I'm painting with molten wax (encaustic) there isn't much time to make a decision about where an arm should be or what a hand looks like.  The molten wax keeps moving and I control where it moves with the propane torch.   "She is Always Free", 20"x16"      
                                  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Monday, August 18, 2014

Encaustic Figurative Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

"Just Sing for Me", 12"x12" Encaustic painting, painted with molten, pigmented beeswax, with gold leaf.
                              -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Encaustic beeswax impressionistic floral still life Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

"Bright Personality", 12"x12" encaustic still life, painted solely with layers of molten, pigmented beeswax.  This will be in the "200 for $200" fall fundraiser at the Oregon Society of Artists.  There are always paintings waiting to be created, so I decided to complete my 3 entries to this show early so my mind is clear when I go on to new projects.  My next endeavors are Local 14 Annual Art Show and Portland Open Studios, both in October.  Please email me or leave a comment here if you have any questions or input, I like hearing from you.

                                         -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Friday, May 9, 2014

"Robin's Butterfly" 24x24 Encaustic portrait and "Whimsey" Encaustic Still Life Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Being a Portland Trailblazer fan, I am fascinated by player Robin Lopez's hair.  It's his hair that inspired me to paint "Robin's Butterfly".  No classical music needed.  24"x24" Encaustic, painted entirely with layers of molten, pigmented beeswax.  

Below is "Whimsey", the 26"x22" encaustic painting I donated and which sold at the 2014 Cascade Aids Project (CAP) Auction last weekend.  It's a party atmosphere with hundreds in attendance, and so much fun.  If you're an artist and haven't done so, you might want to donate a piece next year and enjoy the party.

                        -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Encaustic experimental water paintings Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

I've been using the encaustic process to paint water from imagination, painting layers of molten, pigmented beeswax and fusing the layers together with a propane torch.  The first is "Living Waters, 30"x10".  The second is "Waterstream", 10"x8".  Both will be in upcoming shows in Lake Oswego, Oregon.  
                    Janet Amundson-Splidsboel


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Encaustic floral still life Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

18"x14" Encaustic still life, painted from my imagination with molten, pigmented beeswax. Winter outside and Spring in my studio.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Encaustic Floral Abstract Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

12"x12" Encaustic floral abstract from imagination.  I still paint the figure and face but have been experimenting more with water and florals.  My encaustic paintings are painted entirely with molten, pigmented beeswax (no photocopy or collage), with each layer of wax fused to underneath layers with a propane torch.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Live Model Oil Painting Studio 30 Portland Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

 This is an oil painting I did December 20 at Studio 30 at Cathedral Park Center in Portland.  It was close to being completed when this photo was taken.  About 13 artists were painting at this session and our model was the daughter of one of the artists.  We work very quickly to get a painting completed in one session. 
 -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Friday, November 22, 2013

Artist's Magazine Honorable Mention Nora encaustic Janet Amundson-Splidsboel


Happy News, my 24"x24"encaustic painting "Nora" received an Honorable Mention award in the international Artist's Magazine Over 60 Competition (painted entirely with molten, pigmented beeswax with each layer of new wax fused to underneath layers with a propane torch.) This is the first such competition I've entered, so it was a nice surprise.  To all of you who subscribe to my blog, I thank you for your support of my art endeavors. I began doing art late in life and I sure am having fun.
                     Janet Amundson-Splidsboel 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Encaustic nude figurative 20"x16" Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

"Helene" is painted entirely with molten, pigmented beeswax.  This 20"x16" is one of many new paintings which will be on view in my NE Portland studio when I participate in Portland Open Studios, October 12, 13, 19, and 20, from 10-5 each day.  I'll be demonstrating encaustic all 4 days.  96 Juried artists will have their studios open to the public on those days, from both the east and west sides of Portland.  For complete information on this annual event and where to purchase Tour Guides/Maps, go to This year the Tour Guide has returned to being a calendar, with color photos of artwork by each of the participating artists.
     -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Encaustic Series of twelve 12"x6" unframed Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

   All SOLD
Usually I frame my encaustic paintings but I've been asked to paint some on deep cradle boards which is what I've done in this series (3 of 12). These are small in size, 12"x6".  All are painted in the pure encaustic process with layers of molten, pigmented beeswax, each layer fused to previous layers with a propane torch.
-Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Monday, March 4, 2013

Large encaustic impressionistic figurative by artist Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

My latest 24"x24" encaustic (painted with molten, pigmented beeswax) is entitled, "Vera", which was my mother's name, although my daddy always called her Nancy.  I have a photo of my mother when her hair was wavy like this. There are over 25 layers of wax in this painting, each layer fused to the underneath layers with a propane torch.  I dedicate this painting to my dear mother. -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Encaustic Still Life and Figurative

Donated to Cascade Aids Project 2013 Auction

I posted this 24"x24" framed Encaustic a couple of months ago but I've continued to feel it lacked a focal point so this week I made changes to it and I'm more satisfied with it now.

"Her First Tattoo" is a new 16"x12" Encaustic, unframed on cradle board.  It will be in a show about Portland, Oregon, and a tattoo felt right to me.  Both of these art pieces are painted with  layers of molten, pigmented beeswax, with each layer of new wax fused to the underneath layers with a propane torch.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Thursday, December 13, 2012

"Breezy" 12"x12" figurative encaustic Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

"Breezy"  is painted from my imagination, and is an example of why I paint and draw often from the live model.  When painting with molten, pigmented beeswax (encaustic) such as this painting, each time I add new wax I fuse it into the underneath layers with a propane torch, therefore the hot wax is moving about much of the time. Suddenly a figure's hand might be where the elbow should be. With knowledge of the live figure in my mind, using the propane torch I can move the wax back into credible positions when necessary.  This 12"x12" encaustic painting is in a wide gold frame.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Small Figurative Encaustic molten beeswax - Janet Amundson Splidsboel

"Her Cup of Tea" is a 6"x6" encaustic painting, framed, and available for $195.  The past two weekends my studio was open as part of the Portland Open Studios event with 100 juried artists throughout east and west Portland opening their studios to the public.  I demonstrated my encaustic method (painting with layers of molten, pigmented wax; no photocopy or collage) for those 4 days and was able to nearly complete ten 8"x8" paintings which will be available in the Big 300 show on the 3rd floor of Pioneer Mall in downtown Portland in December. I'll also have encaustic paintings in Guardino Gallery's "Little Things" show in December, and the New Brow of Portland show at the Portland Center of Performing Arts in November and December.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Encaustic Figurative "Heather" 12x12 Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

"Heather" gave me the opportunity to paint skin with molten beeswax (encaustic painting).  I keep many of my live model figure sketches and sometimes look through them for inspiration for paintings, which is what I did in this case.  There is only a slight resemblance to my original drawing but it is the pose that got me started and then I used my imagination from that point on.  This is a 12"x12" encaustic painting on board, framed in a wide classic gold frame.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Encaustic Floral Still Life Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

I don't paint flowers often but it is a nice break from figurative work.  This 24"x24" encaustic still life (painted with molten, pigmented beeswax) has a finish that looks like polished tile.  I left some of the drips of melted wax throughout the painting.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Sunday, August 5, 2012

"Genevieve" 24"x24" Encaustic Figurative -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

My daughter Erica posed for this painting, "Genevieve", a 24"x24" encaustic (molten, pigmented beeswax) painting.  The dress and surroundings are from my imagination, and my focus was on developing loose shapes of color with the melted beeswax.  There are about 20 layers of molten wax in this painting.   -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Encaustic "Nora" Figurative 24"x24"

I was away from art for two weeks while on vacation; while away I spent considerable time visualizing what direction I want to go with my encaustic figurative paintings.  When I returned home this week, with excitement I immediately painted this 24"x24" encaustic of a woman from my imagination.  Her name is Nora.  I believe the style shows increased looseness and abstraction of shapes, which is what I visualized while "painting in my mind" those two weeks; can you the viewer see any difference from my earlier paintings?    -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Encaustic 12x12 "Nouveau II" Figurative Classic Woman

"Nouveau II" is one of my latest 12"x12" encaustic paintings (18"x18" framed). When I look at my figurative encaustics I often see things I want to change, but I know that every time I go over the beeswax with the propane torch, changes could also occur which I don't want.  With that risk in mind, if the flaws aren't fatal then I remain satisfied and I look ahead to my next painting.   -Janet Amundson Splidsboel  SOLD

Monday, May 14, 2012

Encaustic Figurative Art Noveau Influence Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

10"x10" Encaustic painting in a frame that demanded something slightly different so I did a very loose painting with bright color.  This is painted with molten, pigmented beeswax.  As I work, each layer of wax is fused to the underneath layers with a propane torch.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel   SOLD

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Mother Child Series 12"x12" #3 Encaustic figurative Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

This is the last in my 12"x12" encaustic series of women and children, at least for the time being.  There are many layers of wax in this painting; each new layer is fused to the underneath layers with a propane torch.  This series of 3, along with 10 other of my encaustic paintings, will be on display at the Lake Area Artist show at Lakewood Center in Lake Oswego, April 27, 28, and 29.  Forty artists belong to Lake Area Artists and most will be participating in this upcoming show. -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel   SOLD

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mother Child Series 12"x12" Encaustic figurative Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

This 12"x12" encaustic painting is one of 3 in a series of Mother and Child.  Viewers still ask me if my work is a painting with wax put on top of it.  I explain that no, it isn't.  The painting is done entirely with layers of molten, pigmented waxes, with each new layer fused into the underneath layers of wax with a propane torch.  There is no photocopy or collage in my paintings.  With regard to this theme, I don't want sugary sweet but people seem drawn to the mother and child and so am I.  I would appreciate your thoughts (in my last blog post, people's comments were rejected, but I believe and hope that problem has been remedied.)   -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

"Mother's Child" 12"x12" Encaustic painting (molten pigmented beeswax) by Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

I'm doing a series of encaustic paintings of women and children.  It is subject matter that has been painted by thousands, yet as a subject it remains timeless and universal.  Many themes in art are endlessly repeated, like trees and seashores and paths and pears and winding rivers; the challenge is to evoke an emotional response no matter how often the subject is painted. What are your thoughts?  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Encaustic Demo Large Figurative Encaustic

This is the current 36"x24" encaustic painting I am working on. The propane torch is the main tool I use to fuse each new layer of pigmented beeswax to the underneath layer.  The molten, pigmented beeswax is applied with bristle paintbrushes, followed by the fusing of the wax with the torch.  At this stage the painting is about 50% completed and has some 15 layers of wax.   -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Monday, January 16, 2012

Vertical Encaustic Still Life Gold Frame, Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Donated to Cascade Aids Project Auction
Still life and floral paintings are experimental for me.  This encaustic painting is 24"x12" (unframed).  I intentionally chose a new subject matter, since I usually paint the figure and sometimes landscape, but almost never still life.  

On another subject, thank you Katherine van Schoonhoven for passing to me the Liebster Blog Award which originated in Germany and recognizes bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  Katherine is an artist, writer, and musician, see her blog at  Thanks for the honor, Katherine.     -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Saturday, December 31, 2011

"Until You Know Rose" 30"x30" Encaustic Portrait-Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

This is an example of thinking a painting was done and then a few days later realizing I simply had to make changes to it.  This is the final 30"x30" encaustic painting and now I accept it as completed.  This is Rose, and the painting is still entitled, "Until You Know Rose."   The melting wax under the propane torch makes facial features a special challenge.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Monday, November 21, 2011

Large 36"x24" Encaustic Figurative Painting, Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Accepted into Emerald Art Center National Spring Exhibition May 2012, Springfield, OR

"Each Afternoon" is a 36"x24" encaustic painting.  I'm working large to be ready for upcoming venues where larger encaustic works are needed.  There is a lot of beeswax in a painting of this size, and approximately 25-30 layers of molten, pigmented beeswax. I will  appreciate your comments on this one, since it is the largest figurative encaustic I have painted to date.   -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Encaustic Figurative Painting, artist Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

"Ruby" is a 12"x12" encaustic painting.  This is the last painting I'll do for a while of women with arms raised.  I plan to keep Ruby for some time since she makes me feel happy.  Isn't it funny how subjective art is?  Today I submitted 3 paintings to a show and Ruby was one of them, but out of the 3 paintings the other 2 were selected and Ruby was not, even though she was my favorite of the three.  She had a different title, so now that I have her back I've named her Ruby.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Landscape Encaustics 12"x12" Framed

This is a new series of 2 Encaustic (molten, pigmented beeswax) contemporary landscape paintings.  Each is 12"x12" unframed, and 18"x18" framed. These 2 paintings are on display at the Oregon Society of Artists during this month of September 2011. -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Figurative Plein Air

Jennifer is a favorite model.  I painted this 30"x15" oil painting of her yesterday in an outdoor garden setting.  Another painting I did this week of a different model, in the same style as this painting, is posted on my Facebook page.  -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel

Saturday, July 16, 2011

2011 City of Hillsboro Plein Air Event

The City of Hillsboro Plein Air Event ended today with a reception and award ceremony at the Walters Cultural Arts Center.  My oil painting won 2nd Place in the Landscape division; it was painted at Jackson Bottom Wetlands.  It was a good event and weather conditions were near perfect most of the time.  About 40 artists participated.  Many of us knew each other and I want to thank those who walked by me as I was painting, and offered words of encouragement.  There were 3 painting categories:  Landscape, Cityscape, and a Quick Draw Figurative, and all of the submitted paintings were excellent.  Kitty Wallis, in the photo with me, was the judge.  As many of you know she is a nationally recognized artist and the creator of Wallis art paper. -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel  SOLD