Monday, November 5, 2012

Costa Brava Cliffs I and II - Oil and Encaustic

I played around with some more encaustics this week.  I painted a seascape in the wax and then did the same scene in oil to see how different they would look.  Here's the oil painting:

And here is the encaustic:
So far, two people (who have seen them in person) have said that they like the oil painting better.  I think I like the encaustic better because it is more loose and wild looking and I like the brighter colors.  Also, it was really fun to paint which probably enters into the mix.  I also really like the shine on the wax after polishing it.   I must admit though, looking at them in person, sometimes I do like the oil better.

These are both small.  The oil is 6" x 6" and the encaustic is 6.5" x 6.5".  I'm anxious to try a larger painting in the encaustic but I should probably continue working small until I learn the medium better.

Costa Brava Cliffs I
Image Size 6" x 6"

Costa Brava Cliffs
Image Size 6.5" x 6.5"


  1. Deux oeuvres intéressantes... et différentes...
    La dernière semble effectivement plus puissante au niveau luminosité et puissance.
    Dans celle à l'huile j'aime beaucoup l'éclaboussure de votre eau...
    L'essentiel je pense avant est que vous puissiez vous sentir bien en créant.
    Gros bisous

  2. I also like the encaustic for the same reasons you mentioned, Nancy. The brightness of color adds to the life of the water, the energy...more palpable, if that makes sense. Excellent work you are doing!

  3. Merci Martinealison. C'est incroyable de voir comment une scène différente peut regarder tout en utilisant un support différent.

    Thank you Sherry. You've described the difference very well - the encaustic has more energy. I like that.

  4. I go for the encaustic - it looks more lively to me.

  5. I like the looseness and colors in the encaustic, but I usually purchase oils. Wonderful job on both.

  6. Thank you Deborah and Kimberly. The encaustic seems to be the favorite for everyone.

  7. It's fun to see your techniques in both mediums, the encaustic colors really do pop. What brand of wax are using?

  8. I agree with everyone else. I love them both but the encaustic is my favorite. There is such a luminosity to it that oil doesn't seem to have.

  9. Hi Robin. Right now, I have Encaustikos wax in white, red, blue and yellow because I got those from the workshop I attended. The other wax is from a friend of mine that has done encaustics for many years. She gave me the beeswax and damar resin and I made my medium from that. Then I made my colors from adding oil paints to the medium. That's a lot of work! I think I'll buy the medium already made when I run out of what I made. The colors made from the oils seem to work well but I will probably buy some colors where I need them to be more vivid because the pre-made ones seem to have very saturated color. I just have so much oil paint that I figured I would try using some of them to make my colors.

    Thanks Leslie. Luminosity is a good word to use for the encaustics. I also love the shine that you see in person. It's a very cool medium.

  10. I like them both, too, but prefer the encaustic one. I'm glad you're having fun with it and getting great results, too!


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