Monday, July 23, 2012

Making Encaustics again...


Whenever I finally get back to cranking up the hot plate and waxing some panels 
with encaustic medium, I am so happy.  
  It seems I work in cycles, and put aside one media for another, and then resurrect it based on what inspires me, or if I have a specific idea or goal to work on.
 I wanted to create a series of wine themed encaustic paintings, to have available for a Trade Show for the wineries represented by an organization called The Wine Road, here in Sonoma County. I live in Wine Country if you don't already know that.

  So I resurrected a series of images of wine themed encaustic paintings that I did and sold when I was represented by a gallery called ARt and All the Jazz in Healdsburg several years ago.
 I have my art and my Art pendants at a store called Made Local, here in Santa Rosa, and they are hosting this trade show at the beginning of August.  I decided to take advantage of the opportunity.
 I made high quality prints of my original pieces, and then saturated the images in encaustic medium, adhering them to the 6"x6" panels I had.
 After fusing them, I added more medium and painted over and around them with encaustic paints
 some more so than others, and walla they turned out exquisite....at least to me they did.  Each one of the pieces in these series are charming, rather folksy looking and some of my favorite pieces I have done. The beauty of this medium is that I can make them anew, revise them, add on to them and bring these originals back to life in new pieces.    Now the question arose from someone, are these true encaustics... and my answer is yes they are encaustic collages, in a way, from my own original art.  So rather than sell prints, I can sell actual pieces of my favorites.  We shall see if anyone is interested in these sweet little paintings.
The last piece that I did  during this time frame, was this  encaustic. I did a photo transfer of a photo  of a  winery landscape that I took a while back.  Then I painted over the transfer with encaustic paints, bringing it to life with color and more depth. (12"x12" cradled hardboard).  Subtle but successful, letting the unique quality of this medium and the beauty of the landscape around here, be the  emphasis of this encaustic painting.  I think I took this photo on a road in Alexander Valley.

I intend to create more encaustics of the Sonoma County Landscape soon. We shall see if I get any of my pieces in any winery tasting room gifts shops or not, I hope so, but we shall see.  By the way, I also created a line of pendants using the  my La Dolce Vino imagery as well. I will post some of those photos soon.   Now I have reason to get out into the country side to take more photos of the beauty all around me.  There are those, who lament the mono culture of vineyards that have taken over Sonoma county, but I love the repeating pattern of the fields of grape vineyards, and taking photos of them.
Ciao.

2 comments:

D.M. SOLIS said...

Beautiful art and pendants. Do you make both? Thanks for posting. Peace,

Diane

Caterina Martinico said...

Hi Diane
Yes I make both. If you are interested in purchasing any of them you can see alot of my pendants at my etsy store...www.mandalapendants.etsy.com
the newest ones, which are the La Dolce Vino Series are not listed and are by custom order. You can contact me either through my storefront or here if you are interested in purchasing any of them.
Thanks for your comments and asking about them
Warmly
Caterina