Monday, June 24, 2019

Hanging Out

"Hanging Out"
image size 15" x 22"
Watercolor is the perfect medium to use for painting Koi.  They are a favorite subject of mine, and I plan to paint more of them in the near future.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Hazy Sunset

"Hazy Sunset"
Image size 9" x 12"
I was experimenting with a wax that is supposed to crack.  I thought that would give the painting a really nice effect.  I could fill the cracks with a different color to really make them a focal point of the painting.  

The first layer of the crack wax gave me two very small cracks.  The instructions said to put a good base layer of other wax before adding the crack wax.  I thought I did that, but maybe it wasn't enough.

So...I added oil paint to fill the small cracks and added more wax, an encaustic burn and finally, another layer of the crack wax.  This time, I got no cracks, but it did give and interesting texture to the surface.

I noticed that this wax melts at a higher temperature than the wax that I usually use, so maybe that had something to do with my results.

It was a fun experiment, but I will probably stick with my usual encaustic supplies.  Of course, I will use the rest of what I have so you will probably see another experiment in the future.  I will call the company and see if I am doing something wrong.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Cool Day

"Cool Day"
Image size 7.5" x 11"
We have been having some hot weather so painting this subject was my way of cooling off this week.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Lapping the Shore

"Lapping the Shore"
Image size 12" x 12"

As much as I love the look and sound of large waves, there is something very soothing about those beach days when there are just little ripples that come to the shoreline with just a hint of white foam.

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