Figurative encaustic paintings
I filmed an informal session in my studio of me painting a portrait in encaustic. It is as if you were standing right new to me in my studio watching me work.
I found that it is a challenge for me to talk while I work. but it is easier to see my palette layout and the use of brushes and tools to create a portrait.
Here is the first comment on the class: "Excellent. I have the book "A step by step guide to creating portraits
in encaustic" by her but this video is way more enlightening. Seeing
how she works from straight oil paints with only encaustic medium as a
carrier is very informative. Watching her work back and forth through
the composition is incredibly helpful. Because it gets to the same
stage every painting gets where it looks like a mess. But then you see
her work through the same steps in increasing detail until it's done.
She uses almost no tools - 3 brushes and a pottery carving tool. And
the only colored encaustic she uses is black (and that probably wasn't
required because she could have used china marker or black oil pastel
stick). It does take oil paints to follow this, just a couple reds, a
couple yellows, a couple blues, white and an ochre (if you want to do it
the same. but the same results could have been achieved probably with a
limited palette of red, yellow, blue, white and burnt sienna) At the
end where she rubs in oil pastel was very useful is seeing how to get
very smooth skin textures if you want. Well worth the money, more
useful than the book and faster delivery than the book."
Here is the intro video:https://vimeo.com/251554130