Sunday, May 3, 2009

Encaustic Painting

I did work on the painting from my last post, but I haven't photographed it yet. I'll post it soon. These are a few encaustic paintings from last week.First I had this.

I felt the colors were a bit tame and controlled so I said " let me see where I can let it go." Not where I can take it but where it can take me. We often stand in the way of our own development, so I repeat to myself while working, "step aside". I ended up here.

Quite a different painting. I kind of wished I kept the old one too but it's not good to be too sentimental about your own work. Like I've said before you have to be willing to let go sometimes to arrive where you need to be.
I'm always asking people to look at my work and give me their thoughts. I need to know, does it appeal to someone other than myself? I'm still learning how to manipulate encaustic paint and in the process making some work. The medium can be thrilling and exasperating all in the span of 2 minutes. I like it because it dries so fast. You can work up many layers especially if you're working small and melt or scrape it down when you decide you hate it.

Here's 2 more. These are 9 x 12 inches. I guess you could call this my phthalo blue phase. I'm in the process of priming new large canvases and my challenge is going to be to work up some oil paintings that aren't all blue to fit into this new body of work. I'll keep you posted.

1 comment:

  1. I like where it ended up. A lot more energy and more interesting. So now the other two look a little blah.