Tuesday, December 05, 2006

portrait of a child

Title: Waiting for the music
9x12 mixed media portrait
The image of the little dancer was part of a demonstration in portrait painting for my wednesday evening class. The background is a technique that I developed called "faux painting." I developed this method to break the students of the fear of facing a white canvas. The child is painted in acrylics using an impressionistic approach. This painting is available for purchase.

Thursday, November 30, 2006


Title: Melisa
Size: 8x10 mixed media
Private Collection
I painted this portrait of my grandaughter Melisa on an altered surface substrate.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

sacred space

Title: Sacred Space
22x30 mixed media
This is a workshop piece where I demonstrated the use of powdered pigments. The beginning of the process is done outdoors. Layers of acrylics and finishing touches are painted in the studio This painting is available for purchase. Contact Cory at artwithmoxie@cox.net for information.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

encaustic painting one

Size: 4x6 image--8x10 matted
Medium: Encaustic

This 60 second painting is part of a demonstation for After Midnight Stamps. I used hot colored wax and an encaustic iron.
Classes are available in Arizona. If you would like to sponsor a class in your area, contact Cory at artwithmoxie@cox.net
This painting is available for purchase.

encaustic painting two

Size: 4x6 image--8x10 matted
Medium: Encaustic

Another 60 second encaustic painting using hot colored wax and an encaustic iron. To purchase this painting or to take classes using this medium, contact Cory at artwithmoxie@cox,net

encaustic paintings

Size: 4x6 image--8x10 matted
Medium: Encaustic
This painting is part of a demonstration I did at the Mesa Rubberstamp Convention for After Midnight Stamps. Each painting takes 60 seconds from start to finish using a small iron and hot colored wax. Encaustic supplies are available from www.amstamps.com
This painting is available for purchase.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Watercolor 101

Title: IRIS
Size: 11x15 watercolor

A watercolor for the novice painter. The project is an easy step by step method of "free play," that is currently being taught by Cory. This and other easy projects are available in instuctional packet form. Contact artwithmoxie@cox.net for packet and class information. Thank you for your comments, this helps me know if you visit my blog and what you wish to see.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Encaustic Foil Collage

The Wailing Wall
4x6 encaustic foil collage
This technique is being taught at Artworks in Glendale AZ.
and, at conventions throughout the US.
This collage is available for purchase

Friday, October 13, 2006

Amberglow Necklace

This is a sample of some art jewelry classes being held in Glendale AZ. Contact artwithmoxie@cox.net for information. This piece is collaged paper and clay. Available for sale.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Remembering 9-11

One September Morning
11x15 acrylic
I did an acrylic demonstration for an art group shortly after 9-11. The substrate is watercolor paper. the yellow orange glow was to be the underpainting for the next layer of color. That glow behind the statue is how I imagined the sky must have looked , if for a brief moment, that September morning. I rejected the planned application of the next color.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Watercolor Study

The Nightwalker
4x13 watercolor
A ten minute painting/ exercise to "loosen us up" before classes.

Fun! Fun! Fun!

This year was my first time teaching for Art Unraveled, what a great experience. I taught Encaustic Foil Collage and everyone produced beautiful pieces of art. Linda Young puts on a very well organized retreat, with a variety of great teachers and classes. I was lucky enough to take two classes from two great teachers. I layered in luxury with DJ Pettit and played hot wheels with Michael De Meng. Fun! Fun! Fun! Of course, I went straight to the studio to create more of the same, well, sort of the same... I made a crushed beer can shrine a la De Meng, honoring my brother David Rivero, the song writer, and singing cowboy, and a fabric book, using neckties from my best friend Phil Koliski, my dance partner who left us five years ago, and is now dancing "salsa" in heaven.

Sunday, September 24, 2006


The Afterglow
4x6 encaustic painting
hot colored wax on paper

The Entry Point

Been busy trying to get this blog together, (thank you lynn for your help) Lynn Henry, talked me into it, so I get to blame her for my goof-ups. Check out her blog http://artrocks-jlh.blogspot.com she made some wonderful 3x5 encaustic foil collages in my class at Art Unraveled. Way to go, Lynn.

You are all invited to take a peek at my website www.corycelaya.com .

This 22x30 mixed media painting titled "Color Crossover" was a demonstration piece done for a group in San Diego CA. The piece was done in yellow and red. I hated those colors, by the time I finished the demo, I was running a fever that lasted a couple of hours. The painting went into the incubation bin for about a year, at which time, I retrived it, turned it upside down, and began applying new layers of cool colors. That "new" painting won me several awards. Today, I'm OK painting in hot colors. This painting is available for purchase.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

An expression of gratitude

If you always do what you always did,
you will always get what you always got.
I don't know who coined the phrase, but I know they were talking to me.
I am a mixed media artist/instructor with some long waited thank you's to pass out.
Bill Arendt, my life drawing teacher, who paints as fine as the old master Peter Paul Rubens.
Lily Ham, who taught me that there is more to creating art than technique.
Virginia Cobb, for showing me how to freely paint from within.
Gerald Brommer, who taught me how to paint my first collage.
Jack Richeson, www.richesonart.com who gave me my first "good" brush, and who has been supportive ever since.
Also, my maternal grandmother who is responsible for my love of fibers. My father who wrote and played music without ever having had a lesson. And, my mother who could create anything from nothing.
This painting is an 18x24 watercolor, titled "Garden Rescue." Available for purchase.