I had a productive weekend with encaustic which seems to be taking over my painting a little lately. I managed to complete a piece to submit to the International Encaustic Artist Conference Juried Show this June. I will wait to post the image as we get nearer to the show no matter how I make out with the submission.
I spent the rest of the time exploring textures and patterns on 8x8 panels.Paper and fabrics were laid down initially and then various techniques were used to replicate ( with variations) the original patterns. I'm interested in the subtle changes that happen in this layered process. Although you can recognize both patterns when you compare them to the original, changes have occurred. As in my previous works, these subtle changes produced by the passage of time and actions that intervene are my primary interest. If you think nice patterns or textures, that's fine too.
In previous posts I showed some of my earlier work on 4x4 here and 6x6 here. I use small panels to create studies in encaustic. I'm planning several larger works that are a mix of abstraction and realism (floral based), but I'm not confident to dive in and fully execute them, so I explore my ideas in a safe environment.
I can't imagine messing up an 18 x 24 piece full of encaustic- that's expensive stuff. In all of these small works I'm keeping a similar palette (obviously red) and then I can hang them grid style for a summer show I am in. Nothing gets wasted and I"m working out my strategies for background integration. I guess I will soon be ready to use some of what I've discovered in what I consider my "real work". The large pieces won't necessarily be red! I'll soon be over my red phase.