Friday, February 10, 2012



"Coventina-She of the Covens, Celtic Water Goddess"

If you have never experimented with encaustic or cold wax, you are missing out on a very sensual experience. Once you start working with it, you’ll want to try it on many of your art projects. I have used the wax on angel wings to instill age, on journal covers and boxes as well. Sometimes, I add the wax with oil to the faces of my paintings.

Closer view

Lately, I have preferred a smooth, life-like finish as seen on my “Coventina,-She of the Covens, Celtic Water Goddess." I ran a digital image of an original painting of her and then added wax and oil paints, fishnet and some small shells.


I’ve given her the name of Coventina-She of the Covens-Celtic Water Goddess, but the story is the same one I use with all my ocean pieces. I wrote it years ago but it still applies to my feelings of the sea. You can e-mail me if you are interested in her. She has a ghost-like appearance, as though she just emerged from the sea. Perhaps she is a mermaid but for sure she is a water Goddess. She is for sale at $150.00 and is approx 10”x 14” I painted her on cradled birch board. Thanks so much.


As she was standing at the edge of the ocean she
could hear the waves chanting
their familiar song.

“Come to me, I am greater than you, I am wiser than
you..I am the one.”

She resisted once again. How long could she
continue to resist…How much longer before she
embraced her larger self,
her destiny,
her soul…
..the sea….

~ Cheryl Dolby~

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  1. She is beautiful. Great honor paid to this beautiful goddess.

  2. I love her eyes she looks like a water goddess! The wax is so ethereal.. I would like to try it sometime.. Beautiful!

  3. Oh she is wonderful- what a clever idea for using a print! I may have to borrow this idea.....

  4. I am always continually blown away by your art and words. Cheryl, you're amazing!

  5. Wonderful idea with the print. Loving the beautiful effect of the wax around the face gives her such an ethereal quality. x

  6. She is very sensual and erotic!!!!! Her mouth and cheeks VERY GOOD!

  7. Very beautiful...shimmery and ethereal.
    Your paintings seem to be caught in that magical space between reality other-worlds.

  8. The power of her gaze is startlingly beautiful. :)

  9. Oh she's magic, that's for sure!

    Just look at that beautiful face with such emotion and story behind it. Wonderful!

  10. Trish says:
    YAY!!! There you go again. She is fantastic. What a wonderful way to do such a beauty.

  11. She looks stunning...hiding but gradually revealing her divine beauty. I love her Cheryl!

    Thank you for the sweet comments you left in my blog. I really appreciate it.

  12. Stunning in the photo--I can only imagine in real life--just beautiful!!

  13. I'm having a horrible time trying to leave a comment. Not sure why, but yours is not the only blog it's happening on. Now that I'm able to leave a comment, I guess I should mention that I have never used encaustics before. The closest I have come is beeswax. Of course nothing compares to the beauty of this piece. Such texture and yet her face is so smooth. Love it.

  14. Cheryl your new painting is fantastic, love her eyes they are so wonderful.

  15. Gorgeous Cheryl! When I first saw her it looked as if she was part of a dream or thinking about a dream. Does that make sense?
    I've never tried Cold wax! Your so inspiring its now on my bucket list!
    Hugs Lynn

  16. She is so beautiful! Her eyes take me right into them! Gorgeous! xxoo


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