Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Back to Encaustic in the New Year

Something shifted for me on New Years Eve and Day, I found myself actually cranking up my hot plate and electric skillet filled with encaustic medium and losing myself in the dreamy process of painting in encaustic.

It has been months, and months since I last felt the urge and acted on it.
Once I started playing, I went back to the process every day for four days in a row.  What a joy.  One thing led to another, and I wound up expressing some ideas that have been stirring for a while.

When I first began painting with encaustic, I was drawn to its textural possibilities, but lately my draw has been what happens when the densely colored  paint blends and merges as it is fused with the hot air gun.  I am in love with the sheen, and the smooth glasslike glow that emerges when it is polished to a shine.  Each of these pieces began with alot of encaustic medium and color that was played with and coalesced into a brilliant explosion of color and organic form.
Then I took a bone folder and  burnished  zerox transfers of photographs the I have taken over the wax,  and embellished it with more paint and mixed media to create each of these paintings.
I am in love again.  What a way to start the New Year.  Ya Fatah!

I can't wait to continue on this theme, with my paint, but this Sunday, Patricia and I are facilitating a New Years, Mandala Retreat Day,....so I need to put away my hot plates and paint for a bit to set the studio up for the 12 people who are coming to draw and open to the New Cycle with us.

So next time I plan to post photos of that workshop.  But you can be sure, that soon after I will set up my encaustic supplies and dive in.  I am also planning on doing another encaustic workshop sometime in February.  Life is good.  Blessings to all. 


paintbetty said...

wonderful, beautiful paintings! :)

Caterina Martinico said...

Thank you!!!

On a Whimsey said...

Super effects that only encaustic can bring, in fantasy, imagination flowing. I love encaustics and really should get started again!

Caterina Martinico said...

Yes...crank up that hot plate and plug in your heat gun, the winter is a good time for this warm and flowing art process. Enjoy.

jcsvisuals said...

Sunday is a good day to leisurely catch up and see the wonderful work of artists that I follow.

I'm glad I stopped by to see an interesting medium & beautiful work.

Caterina Martinico said...

Thanks...come again!