While doing the “big clean” — my delusion of some order in my life — I found myself looking at some encaustic pieces I did a couple years ago. These pieces incorporate a mixture of waxes (beeswax, parafix, and soy wax, which tends to give me a headache) with acrylic paints and various other bits like netting and string and digital prints. I had taken a workshop and, a result of it, loaded up on various supplies so that I could experiment. Working with encaustics is a great way to blend various media into lots of layers and textures — something I’m very drawn to and yet feel I don’t have enough of in my work.
Here’s a close-up showing more of the texture.
And a bit closer still.
I’ve also been in the sketchbook mood lately. While flipping through the pages of what I’ve done these past couple months, I stopped at this page when seeing the relationship between the strong vertical lines in this watercolor/gouache sketch with the earlier painting. If it were allowed, I’d post an image of the quilt I’m frantically working to finish for entry into the upcoming Visions show. It, too, is right up this alley — verticals, layers, mood.
Here’s a different piece.
And another. This one includes a digital print. I really like playing with wax on digital prints; fun stuff.
My journals have various notes — try this, try that; add more texture; work in ghost imagery, incorporate obvious line. It’s good going through older journals, comparing the ideas then with what I am doing now. It seems there is something to writing these things down. It’s possible the ideas do seep in and eventually flow into new work. I’ve notes on putting wax onto digital prints on fabric, rather than only on various types of papers. One of these days!
If you’re interested in encaustic work. here are two books that will get you started:
Encaustic Workshop: Artistic Techniques for Working with Wax, by Patricia B. Seggebrush; and
The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax, by Joanne Mattera.