Saturday, April 7, 2018

The Many Lives of An Encaustic Painting

I started this painting some time in early February and it sat leaning on the studio wall for weeks. I did take 9 days off to visit the Yucatan and have been working on other paintings as well.It had many changes. I started off with oil paint that I applied with my gloved hands. That was fun and freeing, but there is not sign of the the original surface anymore.

Can you help me with a name other than "Really Red" ?
First stage. Oil paint on cradled board
Now I am into several days of applying encaustic; going back and forth from this painting, the commissioned portrait and 2 other paintings.
The surface is now covered with many, many layers of encasutic. It can't get much redder!


To break up the beautiful shiny surface, I stenciled oil and cold wax on top of the encaustic. I like the mat texture that contrasts with the bright encaustic

detail