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?


  1. Yes I do end up with pounds of wax on my encaustics! It's amazing how fast it all adds up. Your right the under layers make the painting look fantastic, great job!

  2. Thank you.

    Well, by moving all the heavy paintings, we don't have to go to the gym to lift weights!

  3. I have not yet started with encaustics, but I'm in the process of getting all stuff necessary together (not easy here in the UK! It's a not well known art technique here...).
    However, I also work in layers with my mixed media works (although they probably won't be as heavy as your wax layers!) - and I'd loved to have seen your painting in its different stages. The result is brilliant.

  4. Hello Sue,

    Thank you for your comment.

    I have posted paintings in progress here on my blog and in videos on youtube, but perhaps it is time to photograph another "happening"

  5. Sue, if you want to check out the progress of a painting, you can check out an older post of mine.

    After you get the first image, you can move down the page and click on "newer post" and that will take you through my process.


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