I am still using my beeswax and encaustic paints. I started this painting with papers that I painted with India ink for collage. I collaged them to the beeswax treated panel. I drew the figures with charcoal on paper and collaged them next. After more fusing and encaustic paint I added more beeswax for texture. I finished off with my oil sticks. I did not use reference photos but I think it gives the song writers a more whimsical look. Also, I think I could have drawn them on the wood panel prior to the initial layer of beeswax and saved a collage step. I am working on a new piece that I drew first and it worked fine. (so far:) Here is the finished encaustic mixed media portrait.
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I am still mixing up the media in my portrait works. I had beeswax and damar resin in a box in my studio and decided to get it out and use it. My experience with encaustic painting is minimal. I had done a couple of pieces a few years back and decided to give it another go. So I googled Egyptian encaustic portraits (which are amazing to me), watched a few refresher videos on You Tube and was ready to go.
I once again used a 12x12x1 cradled wood panel..(yes I went and bought more;) I first put down a layer of my beeswax/resin encaustic mixture. My beeswax was yellow but you can also buy white. Next I collaged a few different papers with the melted wax. I drew the face with India ink but that got covered with my oil sticks. I kept working on the piece and eventually all the collage got covered up. I used wax to give her long blonde hair but it looked way too heavy. I got brave and scraped back the wax. This was scarey at first but I'm glad I did it. It lightened up her neck and also revealed some of the initial collage which I turned into a hat. Lastly I fused the top layer carefully. I wanted to make sure the oil stick work fused to the wax without distorting my painting. It seemed to work well. I used my heat gun on high but only skimmed it over the surface. The wax gives it a beautiful satin sheen which I love.
Two posts in the same week! I have come to the last of my 12x12 wood panels. I will definitely be stopping at Pat Catans to buy more. I have become used to working bigger but these smaller works are a nice addition too.
I looked up the actress Maude Fealy in the public domain. What timeless beauty she has. Her face was used as a reference for this painting. I tried to keep it vintage looking. I have continued to mix new media (for me) and am really getting wonderfully lost in these works. My mind keeps turning with ideas which is a good thing. I paint in my mind before I go to sleep. I do the same when I get up. The time spent in my studio is one of life's treasures to me. Are all artists so obsessed? I would venture to say yes.