Encaustic 7" x 7" on panel
When I'm busy, the thought of getting set up for encaustic painting seems overwhelming. Since I don't have a studio, I do encaustic painting in my kitchen where there is good ventilation. For that reason, months had gone by since I felt I had time for doing encaustics. This week, I decided enough was enough and got the wax out. This small painting, which includes a few small collage elements, is my result of about an hour of playing with the wax. There is a bit of map in there, which inspired the colors and lines for the overall composition. As I was doing the lines, I focused on creating layers of lines by inscribing lines, rubbing in oil paint, and then adding another layer of wax and repeating the process with more lines. I also used a funky metal roller to create some additional texture in one of the layers of wax. Working with melting wax is so soothing and really not as complicated to set up or clean up as I'd been letting myself imagine. Winter seems like the perfect time for working with wax so I'm promising myself not to wait so long until my next encaustic session!