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Making Mistakes

Trying and failing is not wrong. I’ve failed many times in my life. I’ve failed as an artist, a mother, a friend, a human. My failures have to lead me to new unknown shores. It’s only when we fail, that we can look back and learn. We don’t always learn from succeeding. We learn more from ‘the dark night of the soul’. I have often doubted whether I should keep on painting. From being a 20 + year-old winner of the largest Fine Art competition in my country I descended in obscurity and depression. My life has not been easy. (Read about my life journey here!) Continue reading

Abstract landscape Cold Wax painting titled 'Light Shines in the Darkness' by artist Leonie E. Brown, depicting warm earth tones, reds, blues, and oranges with the sun rising over a dark landscape.

What did they want?

Cold Wax Painting is a style of oil painting in which the artist mixes a soft wax medium into the paint and uses the thickened body of paint to create a heavily textured surface. Leonie ads various amounts of cold wax to the paint, and mix them with the palette knife. The mixture will look and feel like frosting. Mixtures with greater ratios of cold wax to paint will create more texture and translucency. After application, the wax can again be heated to create a 'melted' look. Continue reading

a glimpse into the studio

The versatility and raw artistic talent of Leonie E. Brown has been recognized and celebrated at a very early stage in this prolific painter’s career. At the tender age of twenty-two she has already won the prestigious 1986 Volkswagen Atelier Fine Art Award, in addition to both the Schweicherd and Gregoire Boonzaaier Art Bursaries the year before. Continue reading

out of deep waters

'I am a wandering eye poet, an eclectic color fanatic. I want my paintings to leap off the wall and overwhelm you with their tactile, layered, chocolate thick, color and texture.' Leonie.e.Brown Artist Continue reading

Larger than Life

A four minute look at how South African Artist Leonie.e.Brown creates her unique abstract paintings. This process creates a spontaneity that leads to some very interesting results. Continue reading

Sneak Peak on Encaustics

The surface of the painting is made up of layers of oils, inks and wax, which give the finished work a three dimensional quality. A sense of seeing through the top layer into hidden messages and layers below. The layering give the work a softness and richness that invites the viewer to look closer and to experience the satin smooth surface through touch,. The wax layers get more and more translucent through the warmth emanating from the exploring human hand. The viewers becomes a part of the slow change and clarity of the painting...as if the message is rising from the depth of the hidden soul to the surface of the mind There is a strange ethereal beauty in these paintings, as if they were made from air. Continue reading

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