Monday, May 16, 2016


Image size 5.75" x 11.75"

I started this on Saturday when I was doing my encaustic demo.  I was trying to show as many techniques as I could.  Some techniques were covered up as I decided what this painting would become.  I started by using the leftover color on my palette which turned into an ugly dark gray.  I'm sure everyone watching wondered what the heck I was doing.  You can still see some of the initial color in the background, which I really like.  As with many of my encaustic paintings, I don't know where I'm going when I start. I look for something in the wax that will lead me in a direction.  I showed inscribing and adding colors to the marks initially, which I covered up as I made my wavescape. There is some shellac burning done in the lower portion and I embedded sand at the bottom also.  I've never added that before and I'm not sure if I would do it again, but I like it in this painting.

I am so happy that everyone that tried painting an encaustic on Saturday really enjoyed it and they were amazed with how much a painting can evolve as heat and wax are added.  I think their favorite part was doing the shellac burn.

Here is a note that my friend, Nancy Grubb sent to me to post on my blog:

An open note to all of Nancy Goldman’s bloggers:

My daughter, son-in-law and I hosted  Art Salon II on Saturday for artists who work in watercolor, colored pencil, metal smithing/jewelry and ceramics when Nancy demoed encaustic.  It was fabulous– she had us absolutely enthralled.  As she started her demo the circle of participants was about three feet back from the table.  As she continued to work, everyone was moving in closer and closer – the ooooohs and aaaaaahs were resounding along with gasps and WOW, look at that! exclamations.  It is truly an amazing technique.
Nancy had brought along all the materials so 8 or 9 of us made our own small piece under her tutelage – such fun!
We all felt enriched at having that wonderful opportunity to experience a new-to-us medium.  Many thanks to Nancy for so generously sharing her expertise! 
Nancy Grubb


  1. This turned out surprise! :)

  2. Bonjour chère amie,

    Je suis sous le charme et la fascination... J'aime la démarche et l'aboutissement de cette oeuvre avec toutes ces nuances de couleurs, de formes et de mouvement... Vraiment très intéressant.

    ❀ Gros bisous ❀

  3. Yep I guess great minds think alike. I love your wave and it has power and magistry. Sounds like you are a pleasure for a teacher too and gave all the can do spirit. Pretty cool,that you added real elements of the beach. Wish I was closer so I could have attended, this process always fascinates me.


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