My last 2 months

My last two months have been so busy with shows that I haven’t had time to do anything but paint and prepare for upcoming shows. I have sold a lot of work….yay me…..had a few live  interviews and really felt like an artist. I will be working for the next two months for another Open Studio that I was invited to participate. I am so thrilled at how these past few months have turned out that I know I traveling in the right direction.

I will be sharing my new larger work on this blog in the next few weeks. I have decided that my work is too small. I need to increase the size so I bought boards that are the largest I have ever worked on and have started 2 of them and feel so great about it.  They are 24″ x 24″ and 24″ x 48″….. I can’t wait to share them with you.

One of the new techniques I have been working on is how to get the most texture I can out of the hot wax. I have been trying to put art materials together that don’t normally “go together” and using them to benefit me and what my vision is.

I will be sharing with you some samples coming soon. If you would like to see what else I have been up to please visit my etsy store.

http://www.etsy.come/store/RavensNestArt

The picture below is from my last show.

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New Encaustic Techniques

I am trying out some new encaustic techniques this week and I have been having a blast. I have been given over the years pan pastels and regular pastels and I wanted to see what would happen if I used them with hot wax. This is not something the “teachers” ever recommend so I TOTALLY had to try it.

For my first technique was to lay some wax down on a clay board. After the wax cooled, I applied the pan pastels with a foam brush and a triangle of foam that is the same as a make-up applicator that you can purchase at any drug store for cheap. After laying down a bunch of pastel on top of the wax I laid down another layer of wax on top and when I was fusing the wax I got the coolest texture. Check it out!

I then painted my raven on top of the fused wax and this is the finished painting. I used extra damar in my black and indigo wax to get a high gloss as well as a thicker wax and was able to get really good height on my bird.

I did this a couple of times just so I could see what the different colors of pan pastels would look like with the wax. The 2 paintings shown above that are the completed paintings after I used technique I spoke about.

I then decided that I would like to try using pastels directly on the board under the first layers of hot wax. This is the image of the pre-wax pastels.

For this board, I decided to use some inexpensive pastel sticks that I had laying around that are super hard and crushed them up in my mortar & pestle and then applied them with the foam triangle as well my gloved hands. Below are the samples of pastels and the mortar & pestle.

It looked cool but it just looked like color pigment under wax so I needed to push it further. I added more pastel on top of what I had already done. I put white pastel on top of the yellow moon and different colors of blue around the moon and then put another layer of wax on top of that. And this is how it turned out. I will be painting some images over this base layer but was really excited about this new technique that I wanted to share it with you.