Finishing up two new encaustic paintings

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been sad that wasn’t going to the 9th International Encaustic Conference. I look forward to seeing like minded peeps at this professional conference every year.

To help make up for it, I started on two 40×30 inch wood panels with encaustic. I only set up parameters of using lot of black and white…one to be dominated by white and the other dominated by black.

I spent days between working quickly, alternating with the days of just staring at them. It’s not as easy to layer, block out and then re-do that layer as it is with some mediums. By that I meant there is more of a chance that each time you alter, you may never get back the freshness you had the first time. That said, rarely does the first time around end up being a good painting.

I now think I am through with both of these paintings that I am considering titling Reverie and Dark Reverie. I think the title of Dark Reverie fits better than the one for the light one so we will see later.

Reverie & Dark Reverie both 40 x 30 x 2 inch encaustic on wood panels

Reverie & Dark Reverie
both 40 x 30 x 2 inch encaustic on wood panels

Chance

It’s amazing sometimes what happens by chance. In this instance, I needed to have an exchange painting, 8 x 8 inches for the 8th International Encaustic Conference to be held June 6-8, 2014 in Provincetown, MA.

I don’t work that small generally speaking and I guess I could have done something on paper BUT I decided to work on a small 2 inch deep cradled panel. I hated to ask the panel people to make ONE, so I got a dozen.

I had an idea to work on all of them and give one in the exchange. My idea was to take some of the bits and pieces of the shapes and colors I see in the area here where I live on Johnson Creek. I determined to limit my color and just concentrate on the shapes.

I wanted half of them to start light, the other half dark. As they progressed I got excited that they would all look great hung all together as a group.

I will still choose one (not determined at this time) to be wrapped for the exchange but I will let that person come exchange for one of the others if they want to do this. Then I will hang all the others with a blank spot where the missing one would have been.

This plan is not written in stone, but I think it will be an interesting departure. The work is titled, Johnson Creek, Field Notes.

Johnson Creek Field Notes, 12, 8 x 8 x 2 inch encaustic paintings on cradled wood panels.

Johnson Creek Field Notes, 12, 8 x 8 x 2 inch encaustic paintings on cradled wood panels.

The whole grouping will be shown and available at the Hotel Fair at the Conference, Sunday, June 8, 2014