For weeks now, I have been studying and working with encaustic medium. When I began working with the wax, I wanted to somehow incorporate my watercolors into the process. I now have a series of encaustic landscapes in the works that use watercolor and gouache paintings as a base and are then worked over in wax and oil pigment sticks. The textures are created using layers of built up wax and some incising.
Last autumn I saw an exhibit of encaustic artwork and I was so inspired by it that I had to finally give it a try. I fell in love immediately! I love the textures, the natural tones, the rustic look and almost ghostly feel that encaustic medium achieves.
Encaustic painting is essentially painting with hot wax (more specifically, beeswax). Resin and sometimes colors are added to the wax which is melted down and applied to a hard surface such as wood or other panel. You can paint with the wax alone or incorporate things such as photos, drawings, found objects and fabric to create a collage effect, which I have done in the works shown here.
This piece entitled Mutual Respect, uses a pencil drawing, watercolor, encaustic wax, lace, real flower petals and oil pastels.
This piece, entitled Mary, combines watercolor, ink, charcoal, Florentine patterned paper, gold leaf and encaustic wax. The piece will be on display at the CCCA's annual Juried Art Show at the Spencertown Academy April 2-10.
This collection of old tarnished teapots and tea strainers was inspired by my grandmother's silver teapot (the first image). I really love the contrast between the shiny and dark dulled areas of the silver and decided to find more tarnished tea themed objects to paint - hence the tea strainers. Next, on to sugar bowls, creamers and tea caddies.
This past weekend, we went to the Victorian Stroll celebration in Troy, NY. It's great fun to see all the people out and about, some dressed in their finest Victorian attire. I snapped some photos and did some sketching.
Although it was very cold, it gave us a chance to catch some lunch and tea at The Whistling Kettle tea shop. They have the greatest selection of teas and delicious crepes!
This month our art group has been working on animal studies. I, of course, chose to work with cats. These were all done using watercolor and ink on 4x4 Aquabord watercolor panels.
This is Arietta. I jokingly wrote in pencil on the side "il ladro pane", which in Italian loosely translates to "bread thief"... which she is.