I said I was going to put that panel up and work on the other one…………I did, but first I decided to add more gray and black in the lower part of the panel as I thought it looked too much of a vignette.
I then started adding paint to the other panel……….I always need to get enough paint on a canvas or panel so I can work from there.
I’m having second thoughts on all these blacks, whites, grays………..but I am continuing.
I have to face the fact like usual at some point that I am going to have to quit making lots of little nuances and just negative paint the hell out of the painting. When that time comes it will work or it won’t.
I think I may have to go find some small sauce pans so I can pour some large amounts of paint.
I’ve spent a few sessions working on one of the 30 x 40 wood panels now. Not to procrastinate, I decided to start with the gestural drawing start of the one I considered not as successful for some reason.
So, far, I have not used anything else but encaustic paint and medium. I have limited my palette to grays, whites, black………but ended up with some areas of warmth in some of the whites. Due to the coolness of the other color, it almost looks ochre. Amazing what relationships will do with color.
I drug my convertible BEST easel into the encaustic room to get a little closer to the hot medium and paint. So far, I have gotten a good amount of paint layers on this work……..and a good bit of scraping back. I think I am going to have to go looking for a lot of small pans with handles so I can haul the hot paint to the panel instead of trying to get so close to the paint.
I am now going to put it aside and work on the other panel so I can get them both to a similar stage of finish before going in to work more.
There are two details and one of the whole panel shown here. I posted another detail on FB yesterday.