Pop up encaustic class this Saturday, Aug. 11 at 10 am - 12 pm at my studio. Create a mixed media encaustic collage on 8”x8” wood panel. $89 - see the link in my profile today. Contact me if you’re interested.
Just in this fascinating book by David Coles paint maker of Langridge Artist Colours. Read how pigments have been made past to present. Amazing photography. Available from my store link in bio 'dry igments' pg.
I made my own encaustic medium and colored encaustic paint today - for the first time! Like all firsts, I learned a few lessons for how I can improve next time and really enjoyed this new adventure on my artist journey. I’m loving these metallic colors from Kama Pigments. Can hardly wait to get started!
This is a detail. I love how the raffia looks buried in the encaustic paint, and how the edges pick up the metallic pigment. All sharp lines balanced when the tar paper below, spills over with all its luscious color and texture.
What was your favorite hiding place as a kid? Mine was a big ole’ oak tree in my backyard in Fairfax, Va. I loved hiding from the world up there. I felt like a queen surveying her kingdom from above. Maybe a little tree climbing would do me some good right now. “Enchanted Throne”, encaustic on 8”x10” wood panel framed. Available for purchase - see link in profile.
In encaustic, I’m never really in complete control of the outcome. That’s what I love about it! For instance, see the little figure on top of the mountain? Total happy accident. I kept him there and named this piece “Sole Wanderer”. A bit of a stretch, but I like it.
Dry brush is one of my favorite and most used techniques in encaustic. Repetitively brushing an area with a paint-loaded brush creates a build up of wax giving great texture. You can see it here depicting snow bank by an icy lake.
Exploring deeper into water imagery, I’m using encaustic as a transparent layer over the base painting also done in encaustic as well as shellac. The rippling effect is almost hypnotic to me. Perhaps this image would have even greater impact in a bigger format. What do you think? “Tide pool”, encaustic mixed media on 8”x8” Wood Panel. #mixedmedia
The beginning of a painting is for me the most exciting time of creativity. Jasper John, the father of modern encaustic painting, said that he either sees it and paints it or paints it then sees it. I really never know what will be revealed until it’s done and THAT is why I love this unpredictable medium so much.
Encaustic means "to burn in" and the medium is unlike any other. The paint for this piece is made from beeswax, a tree resin called damar, and natural earth pigments. The wax is layered on while molten, and must be fused, or burnt into, the layer below using heat. I use both blow torch (for fast, smooth fusing) and heat gun (to maintain texture and control). Wax can be carved and manipulated as shown here, and an oil inlay is used for the details on the trees. Stay tuned for the finished piece!
My latest collection of art is centered around rushing water. Personally, I’m really afraid of the power of water. My worst nightmare is being stranded on the ocean, alone. Maybe that’s why I paint it. The beauty and awesome power of turbulent water draws me in and I need to express “what batters us makes us stronger”. Encaustic beeswax medium I believe beautifully captures the fluidity of water as shown in this piece. “Battered Shore”, encaustic, 8”x8” Panel. Come by #wlast and see it in person. June 2-3.
Wow! Look at the beautiful inspiration I found at my local farmers market! I’m a big believer that beauty is all around us and waiting just outside to be discovered. No plane ticket required. Shoot back your own beautiful local nature shot in comments if you agree. @loudounfarmmkts