“Accretion” is a dry brush encaustic technique that allows the artist to build up wax on a surface. I’m kind of obsessed with it these days. First, five or so very well-fused layers of medium are put down onto a surface. Then … Continue reading
A big part of what is appealing to me about encaustic is the “happy accident” factor. It is extremely hard for me to sketch and plan out a painting and execute it with absolute precision. I just don’t want … Continue reading
Now that Santa has delivered these little fellas to their new owners and they are safely in Nebraska, thought I would share a little of my process and their progression…. On cradled panel, I put down base layers of blue vintage … Continue reading
I finished a commissioned piece that will be hung in a beautiful new Aspen, CO home, and thought it might be nice for my client to get a little insight into the process of building up an encaustic painting. … Continue reading
Just in case there is any interest in how these pieces are put together, here is a glimpse.
I start with a watercolor underpainting, which so far consists of large overlapping dots. I might stray from this as I get farther down this road, but for now, dots it is. I coat the underpainting (which is glued to a cradled panel) with 4 fused layers of encaustic medium, then began burnishing strips of a failed attempt at encaustic mono-printing into the wax.
Goal for 2014: Make 100 pieces that are cohesive and have a show at a gallery yet to be determined in 2015. Sounds good, right? Over the holiday break, I got a head start, completing 13. Only 87 to go. … Continue reading
Spent Saturday and Sunday of last weekend with the wonderful Lisa Kairos at WaxWorks West. Made 5 encaustic collages….3 that I absolutely love, 2 that are ok. Learned some lessons for sure!