(this crow is made from tarpaper embedded into the wax) (titled: “In His Sites”)
Well the calendar says it is summer. It is raining and almost the end of July. Last week, however, we did have some moderate days of sunshine mixed, intermittently, with clouds. Since it wasn’t raining and it wasn’t too hot, I decided to work on an outdoor project.
As I have mentioned before, I am an artist, primarily a painter, though I dabble in printmaking and other art forms. I also teach.
One form of painting that I practice, from time to time, is encaustic painting. This is melted wax to a board. For color I use various materials including oil pastels, crayolas, powdered graphite, powdered pigments and more. I often imbed objects, bits of paper, old subway tickets, playing cards, and other refuse into the pieces.
Over the course of two weeks, I completed sixteen paintings for a show that will hang in mid September. The theme is crows. Some of the crows are painted with oil pastels and melted into the wax, some are cutouts in tarpaper that is imbedded. Some of the crows are tissue paper imbedded.
I use a heat gun, and electric griddle and a blow torch to melt the wax. Depending on the effect I want, I will paint on melted wax with a brush, maybe push it around with the blow torch. The ends of my fingers get encased with the wax and I tend to rub them together, crumbling the wax which falls to the ground, consequently, I don’t want to do this in the house. I would track wax crumbs into the floors and rugs, which is not a good thing as it is slightly sticky.
I am fond of using crayolas in this process as I can melt them on the griddle and paint them into the wax with a brush, or I can color onto the cooled wax and melt them. They move around a lot. Oil pastel tends to stay where I put it.
I will be having a show of these works at the Braeburn Restaurant in Langley, Washington, https://braeburnlangley.com/ September 19th through October 14th, 2016. I hope that some of you are able to visit the show.
PS: My students are having a show at the Braeburn July 25th to September 19th and another educational exhibit at the Island County Fair in Langley, August 4 through August 7, 2016 http://fair.whidbeyislandfair.com/
(titled “Poor Reception”)