Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Can I count the layers?

This painting is typical of how I work. If you could have seen the beginning, you wouldn't believe that this is the end result. I worked for three days and at the end of each day, I placed the painting on the wall to be photographed. It didn't look the same out of the studio. Ugh, I didn't like it. I continued in the original direction today, but after lunch I still hated it, sooo, many more layers of encaustic to obliterate the underlying painting. One of the many good things about encaustic is that the bottom layers are not completely wasted. They peek through with the heating and scraping.

If you work in encaustic, do you end up with pounds of wax paint on the surface?