Willingness to learn & know when to stop

Today was a great day for me, despite the fact that the encaustic painting I was working on was a failure. I decided in my first post that I would not only share the pieces that worked but the ones that didn’t. This piece was a little bit of both for me. I was trying out a bunch of new tools today and even though my painting started out good….it didn’t end that way. In the image below I am about 1/2 way through my piece. I had fused sage, green gold and turquoise wax for the background and was really happy with the way it was coming along. I carved out the lines and filled it will Prussian blue oil paint, and covered the lines with clear medium and fused again and still things were going along great. In my next step I heated up the end of this sculpture tool I had and melted these holes into the painting and intended to fill them with Alizarin Crimson wax. I had this whole thing planned out……

I started filling up the holes with the red and scraping back the extra so the piece was flat but somewhere along the line I accidentally overheated the wax and it all went down the drain from there. I was using a new heating tool and it was getting really hot. I thought if I tried putting more medium over the whole piece and scraping back where I wanted it to be all would be well. That didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to either so I decided that I would keep scraping the piece while heating up the wax and without heating up the wax to see what would happen. It just got worse and worse so I stopped.

When my painting stopped working I decided to use this piece as a learning experience. I thought about how this project did and didn’t work for me. I learned a lot today; what my new tools will and won’t do, what my new heat gun does when I am not paying attention and most importantly when to stop. I am going to scrape down the rest of this piece and start over, and I am more than okay with that.  Life and Art is good. Life and/or Art doesn’t turn out the way you think it’s going to so I guess life does imitate art, at least mine does.

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4 thoughts on “Willingness to learn & know when to stop

  1. nattyknitter March 12, 2012 / 7:28 pm

    I know this feeling well!

    How big is this piece?

    • ravensnest March 12, 2012 / 7:31 pm

      it is 6″ square….I had planned on making it a triptych. I still might depending on if I can get this one to work.

  2. studiobluesea March 13, 2012 / 1:37 pm

    Welcome aboard, Raven. It’s good to meet you.
    Interesting to learn about encaustic painting; we’ll watch your progress.
    Best wishes,
    Miles and Pippa

    • ravensnest March 13, 2012 / 8:03 pm

      thank you miles and pippa…stay tuned for more….thanks again!

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