Monday, May 23, 2016

Lake Powell in Wax

"Lake Powell in Wax"
Image size 9.5" x 6.5"

I've painted Lake Powell many times using many different mediums.  It is such a beautiful place and the blue and orange complementary color scheme has always been a favorite for me and Lake Powell is an amazing example of that color combo.  

I love the way the wax moved in the water in this painting.  At first, I fought against it but each time I hit a new layer of wax with the heat gun, this is the direction it moved and now I really like it and think it is interesting looking.

I did a little shellac burning in the cliffs but because the color was the same, there was little change in the effect.  It does have a shine that it wouldn't have otherwise though.  I also added oil pastel but that didn't add much detail either - just a little extra texture in the cliffs.


  1. You have mastered painting with encaustic..I love the texture..perfect for mountains and water!!!!!

  2. Thank you Hilda. There's still so much to learn!

  3. Love all the landscape around that area. I agree with Hilda, you are in command now with encaustic. Super piece.

    1. Thank you Nelvia. Yes, Lake Powell is a very beautiful area!


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