Ewa Alvarez
As a painter I am most interested in crafting images that articulate the precise and abstract qualities of the natural world. My earliest influences were the works of Stanislaw Wyspianski, Gustav Klimt, Hundertwasser, and Hiroshige, all of which taught me the importance of composition and color use.  As I buried my nose in astronomy books, and illustrated atlases of plants and animals, my appreciation of nature deepened. 

"Adam" by Ewa Alvarez
In my adult life, my interest in the natural sciences evolved into an observation of common patterns within the "opposites" of microcosm and macrocosm, and the realization that all things are interconnected.  My works reflect situations and points of view that are unseen by the naked eye. I draw my ideas from microscope images of cells and particles, and telescope portraits of galaxies and nebulae. 

One of the forms I use in my work is the mandala. This geometric pattern is of Hindu origin and represents the cosmos metaphysically from the human perspective.  Its symbolic nature can help one to access deeper levels of reality, assisting the observer to experience a sense of oneness with the unity from which the cosmos in all its forms arises. 

I use my art to reflect the beauty of what surrounds us, while shifting the focus away from our self-imposed significance as a species.  Like pearls in the net of Indra, we are interconnected particles in the cosmic ocean.  I seek to illuminate this interconnectivity, by using a new visual language which inspires a deepening love and respect for nature.  I see the growing ecological art movement as an emergence of the earth-mind waking us out of our unsustainable slumber

Making Encaustic Medium
I fell in love with encaustic paintings the first time I saw one hanging. There was just something about the work... The luminosity, the transparency, the brilliance. It was unlike anything that I had ever seen before. I knew I had to try it and once I did, I was hooked.
Introduction to Color Theory
Color is a very broad topic. Entire books have been written on color and it would be quite difficult to cover every aspect of it within the confines of this article. My hopes with this introduction to color theory is to peek your interest and hopefully cause you to study this topic further on your own. Understanding color theory is perhaps one of the most important aspects of becoming a good painter. When you understand the elements of color and how colors interact with one another, you have unlocked one of the biggest puzzles of painting
How to make your own oil paints
How to make your own oil paintsOil paints are made basically by mixing cold-pressed Linsed oil with pigment or color until a smooth buttery paint is produced. When the oil paint is used and applied to a surface the oil oxidizes or absorbs air and then forms a solid film that binds the pigment to the surface of the painting.
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