Sometimes when I paint, I use many colors to give a picture character. Other times, like when I painted this picture, I use one color, perhaps in several shades. Between layering, scraping, pushing or pulling the iron that I use – I ended up with a character filled picture with only one color.
At times in life I try to use too many colors – when only one will do. One activity, one accomplishment, or one quiet moment.
I painted this picture as a gift when I just just starting to play with encaustic painting. It seemed kind of like most other pictures that I was making at the time, until I drew some lines throughout it. The lines made it looked like it was full of cracks. Yes, satisfaction.
Sometimes life has a lot of cracks in it. It’s still beautiful.
I’m frequently asked about my encaustic painting. Why? What inspires you? Why do they all look so different from one another.
Why? Because I find it fascinating that a nature byproduct of honey-making can contribute to such long lasting beauty. Beeswax, mixed with pigments allows me much flexibility in what I paint.
In this picture, I used varying amounts of heat with several shades of blue to create a blended, melted picture. However, a painting is not complete until it has been framed – or sometimes not. For this picture, I chose a shadow box that allows the painting to rest in a bed of flattering black.
By the way, I’m still working on learning to photograph encaustic art to show it’s richness and depth.