Saturday, March 31, 2012

Encaustic #2

"Daydreams"
One of the materials I brought to the Encaustic class with Jodi Reeb-Myers was a sketch I had done from an older piece of a little girl sitting reflectively on a chair. I thought that it might work well as an image transfer for my 2nd piece, "DAYDREAMS" (click to enlarge).

There are so many different ways to approach a subject that it almost hard to decide what to do first. I think it is important to just start playing. But I ended up making the surface too bumpy with wax and paper collage items for the image transfer to adhere properly. Oh well! So I opted to place her face up as I had originally drawn the figure.

The dots are from pieces of found paper. Now after looking at this for awhile I can think of other ways that I would do this piece if I were to start over. But that is the benefit of taking a class to learn something. I really enjoyed the class and would like to try it again sometime. Thanks, Jodi!

Encaustic #1

"Into the Blue"
I took a break yesterday and tried a new medium. WOW! That was great! The painting technique that I learned is Encaustic (painting with hot wax). I took a class from artist/instructor Jodi Reeb-Myers at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts.

There are lots of ways to paint with this technique. The two pieces I made were done with mixed media: paper, beeswax, oil paint on a wood support. There is a lot going on in this piece "INTO THE BLUE" (click to enlarge). I tried almost everything possible on this board and almost over did it. It is hard to know when to quit with this medium because you can re-melt the medium over and over again with the heat gun.