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More collage using beeswax and encaustic paints

December 15, 2017



Sometimes, Scout relaxes long enough for me to make some art.  He's up to 4 hours in the studio with a 30 minute walk somewhere in the middle.  The thing that really helps is music.  He must be my dog because his favorite tunes are Richie Havens, Laura Nyro, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and yes, the Beatles.  I think his favorite Beatle might be John so I'm watching this closely.  I'm steering him towards Ringo or George. 


I made two pieces recently on birch plywood.  Actually, I made three - but the third is so awful I just can't show it.  I might try to work on it some more.


The first  contains a quote from the poet John Trudell - I wrote in sharpie the important part of the quote:  "there is no old way; there is no new way; there is only the way of life; we must live in balance with the Earth."  The wolf is a little dark so I may add some highlights to bring him out more.  Y'all will recognize the wolf from my earlier block print.



The technique used here is encaustic collage.  I painted the birch plywood, added my images, and then layered beeswax over the whole.  After the wax had solidified, I added encaustic paint  to make the lightening bolt and triangles and then carved into the wax.  I then rubbed oil paint into the grooves.  Finished piece is 8"x10".  


The second piece is just straight beeswax collage.  I liked it so much that I decided to leave as is instead of taking it further with carving and adding other elements. Yes, that's another buffalo.  I carved a left-facing buffalo for block-printing.  Wouldn't want the other buffalo to be lonely.  


 Again, I started by painting my birch board and then added the buffalo on top.  I wanted to give my buffalo an aura so I added more orange paint around him.  I then layered the beeswax on top. Finished piece is 4" x 6".  


I used three coats of wax on both pieces and really love the dream-like quality.  I also love the fact that the wax allows you to create layers upon layers.  A final step if I choose is to polish the wax with a soft cloth until it shines.  


We'll see what I get up to this Sunday if Scout will let me.




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