Tuesday, September 11, 2012

First Encaustic Painting

garden sprouts by Roberta Warshaw
garden sprouts, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

I thought I would share this with you as it is the first piece I feel is somewhat successful. After multiple failures, I had a bit of a "happy accident" as Bob Ross was famous for saying.

When I first tried to use the encaustic paint I had some trouble since they are so thick and there is little time to plan. Even if you do try and stick to a plan.....well.....it was just not working out.

The nice thing about encaustic is that if you don't like what you are working on, you can place the piece face down on the palette and melt all the paint off.

When I saw all that mushed paint sitting and running all over the palette, I tried to wipe it up. All I had nearby was a piece of tracing paper. So I blotted it. And there on the tracing paper was exactly what I needed. A lovely wash, sort of like water color, which is the medium I am used to.

So I kept doing it. This time on purpose. Putting paint on the palette, and blotting it up with the tracing paper.

Then I got busy with the scissors.

I really like incising and filling lines but as you can see, I need to work on this since I had some bleed through here. Although I kind of like the bleed since it seems like the stems are a bit fuzzy. Which stems sometimes are.

Anyway, I am getting a feel for them but as you can see I have a way to go!


Barb Fernald said...

Wow! I love the similarity between the feel of this and the feel of your recent polymer pieces. What size is it?

Ginger Davis Allman said...

I have always been intrigued by encaustic. It seems so much more tactile and textural than paint. But it scares be a bit, to be honest. You've had a really great result here. And like Barb said above, it's similar in look to your recent polymer pieces. Sounds like there's a story inside of you that is trying to come out. Well keep going...I lvoe what you're making!

Lee said...

I love the look of the one you've posted here! do you find your experience with poly clay helps you think about encaustics?

Roberta Warshaw said...

It is only 6 x 6. Staying small for now until I get more confidence.

Roberta Warshaw said...

Thanks so much Ginger. It is challenging but interesting. After my surgery I needed a new challenge.

Sarah Sequins said...

Roberta, that painting is beautiful! I'm very impressed. :)

You and my friend Janet are making me want to get back into painting again with the beautiful work you're doing. I'd forgotten how fun it was!

Robbie said...

It's wonderful, Roberta!!! VERY nice!!!

JuLee said...

Very interesting. What a wonderful happy accident. I am looking forward to seeing more.

Joanne Holtje said...

Oh! This is very successful! I like the bleed through on the stems. It makes the seedlings alive and growing. I look forward to see what else comes out of your adventures with encaustic. Have fun!

Martha Marshall said...

Wow, this is beatiful! Looking forward to more, and maybe some experiments with acrylic gels as well!