Friday, September 2, 2011

The many lives of this encaustic painting



I  decided to  photograph the progress of this painting and it turned out to be a valuable experience.

I usually apply the hot encaustic paint while the painting is flat on the table and fuse it with the torch.  When I put it on an easel,  I get a whole other view of it.

At the end of each painting session, when I think the painting might be finished. I hang the work on a wall in a sun flooded hall that I can see from my desk and the living room.

Each day, as time passed into evening, I felt uncomfortable about the painting. I could then review the work of the previous days in the saved photos and see where I had made improvements or really messed up.

I had gotten to the point where I posted the painting with the medallion on my fan page and website, but still felt an uneasiness about it.

Wednesday and Thursday a few artists visited me in the studio and I asked there opinion about this painting. All three of them went right to the weak spot. I had added a textured small circle to the middle of it and it just wasn't working. Today, I got rid of that spot and enhanced some of the color.


What do you think?


Out damned spot!
This was about the third or fourth day
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2nd day
End of the first day. Hardly the same painting