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Shades of Blue

Shades of blue 8 x 10

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.

Cracks

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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.

Blue Inspiration in the bigger picture

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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.

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