|8X8" encaustic, oil paint and gold pigment on plywood panel|
So after looking at last Sunday’s production for one week I was sure of one thing. I hated it. That was my first thought. The second thing that occurred to me is that perhaps I wasn’t finished!
Here’s what I did: First I removed a lot of the wax with this tool (meant for clay).
|This is a loop which can be used for encaustics but is made for clay.|
I even took one of the figures off. Then I sort of fragmented the remaining figure. I kind of like the ancient imperfect look of it. The next thing I had to do was address the color. The color on the figures was kind of nondescript and didn’t work at all with the background. My urge was to work some oil paints in to unify the piece and further that old feeling. I used a combination of yellow ochre, burnt sienna and raw umber, heavy on the raw umber. Last but not least I rubbed in some gold pigment which you can't really see in the photo. Actually, photographing the result was another challenge. I referenced this really good blog for that. I followed Julie’s instructions but used my iphone4. The result was too bright so I toned it down a bit using photo editing. This photo is close but still not exactly like the real deal. Also disheartening to realize that everyone's monitor will show a bit differently so it's hard to share perfectly. What I can say is that I’m much happier with the piece now and looking at how I explore these elements and concepts further, perhaps in larger scale? It still lacks a name...