I wait for the good weather to come to the PNW before I make my encaustic art. Mostly because there’s not a suitable space inside our house for me to stretch out and turn up the torch. And that’s okay because we are having a beautiful spring with plenty of warm sunshine and breezes to move the fumes up and away while I am working (playing) in the yard.
The art class I chose for this spring/summer is taught by Stephanie Hargrave a local Seattle encaustic artist and teacher. Through Carla Sonheim’s Silly-U we are learning “Intro to Encaustic Painting.” I’m really enjoying the layout of this course as we are receiving 4 weeks of information spread out over nine weeks so there is plenty of time for practice and absorbing all of the material.
So while I was playing in the Mother’s Day sun this past weekend, I explored simple exercises with layering base medium and observing the behavior of one opaque and saturated (full strength) color of wax paint.
But, I could not resist the lure to move ahead and blend more colors and natural objects from my surroundings.
I created this mesmerizing piece I am calling “Cedar and Sage.” I am loving the feel and the flow of natural waxes and resins, blended with color and the natural textures of the Earth elements. Perhaps over the Summer I will create an entire body of work expressing this dance that I love with Nature and Encaustic Wax.