Of course the end results of the surfaces of the two techniques are different. The finish of an encaustic painting is sensuous and I can't resist stroking it. I just finished an encaustic diptych after working for weeks with cold wax and oil and found that by using the same unrestricted primary under painting with the hot wax, I felt unconfined and that the pulse of painting moved like a dance.
I start a cold wax painting with wide sweeps of acrylic paint. With the latest encaustic work I started with wide brushes and oil washes.
|Beginning of a cold wax painting; acrylic under painting|
|finished cold wax painting - not the same one as the beginning shot above,|
|Under painting in oil|
|encaustic and charcoal|