“Summer”

Hi everybody, below is the last piece from Seasons mini-series:
img_3861 This is “Summer”. Unlike my “Winter” painting, I didn’t have a problem doing this piece. Summer is my favorite time of the year. Summer is so beautiful where I live (Vancouver Island). It is warm to hot with no humidity. And the water is gorgeous:
img_3864 In this detail, I hope you can see the thin layers of water atop the sand. This painting is obviously abstracted~ the water and sand does not look like that where I live, but it feels like that.

The sand and sun is all shimmering gold for me:
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In the detail below, I tried to capture the golden light of the sun dancing on the surface of the water:
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Here is a skewed shot of from the side:
img_3862You can see by the side shot that this piece is not as thickly built-up as other pieces that I’ve done. This is because the subject matter was very straight forward; I did not have to think long about what “Summer” is for me. When this stage of the painting presented itself, I didn’t want to add A thing. Compared to other paintings in this mini-series, it is the simplest and the fastest piece. But in the end, you have to accept when a painting is done.

I am looking forward to summer and I will try to endure the winter as well as I can. Anyone else feel the same?

Proper Encaustic

On my last post you saw my first encaustic piece with unsuitable wax. Here is a piece I did by making the encaustic medium myself. It’s the traditional recipe with beeswax and Damar resin. The original substrate was pre-primed canvas so I had to glue paper onto canvas in order to make it more receptive to the wax (the wax will only have good adhesion to porous surfaces). Generally, a good substrate has to be porous and rigid.

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Above, you can see a vague ‘sea’ image. I forgot to mention that encaustics are notoriously hard to photograph, because of the texture and sheen. I don’t know if you can see the layers apparent to me, especially the white of the waves. They seem to float on top the other layers.

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In the side shot above you can see that I chose to cover the canvas sides with coloured wax. This is just my choice as some choose to varnish the wood, paint it with acrylic or just seal it with clear wax. The other great thing about encaustics is the way they feel, they’re so smooth and textured at the same time but not as cold as stone – does that make any sense?