Back up in the studio today to start doing something with the 24 x 36″ panel with the coat of Evans Holy Grail on it. If anyone doesn’t know…this stuff is like gesso for encaustic painting. You cannot use regular acrylic gesso or anything acylic under or with wax or it might or most likely will pop off at some point.
This is a size panel I’ve never worked on before for encaustic painting. If I continue to work with encaustic a lot, I will have to have larger pieces as working on all these little ones is just not for me. I worked on the two panels for the 48 x 48″ diptych and it was no more of a problem than a couple of small ones I thought other than the physicality of applying all that wax. Same with my other paintings….I like to make big gestures.
Well……this ain’t gonna happen with encaustic…..the big gestures. It’s dried and cooled by the time I can get it to the board….so no fluidity. (Unless I learn some way to remedy that.)
SO….with that nice white ground, I set about laying out some color all over and making some gestural marks with oil paint. I’ve never done this before as a beginning for encaustic. I didn’t use any medium other than thinner and just painted a lot of it on. This took a gazillion years since I had to heat and unscrew all the dried on tops of the tubes. SO, I didn’t use many colors being lazy as I am. I had it in mind to make a 2010 winter painting….don’t know how and why but I had it in mind. Of course, I had to start with color though so I used violet, magenta, cad red light…kind of analagous, gorgeous colors.