September 8, 2008

Work in Beeswax

I've been trying my hand at using beeswax in my collages.  I added color to each by melting crayons on the collage and came up with a very simplified type of encaustic painting.  Ok so real encaustic painters don't use crayons to add color but it's all I had.  I also tried adding color by melting oil pastels, that worked OK but the color was a little too opaque for what I was trying to do.  I find it's not all that hard to mix colors and make a muddy mess but it was fun experimenting.  Here is what I came up with:


I think this copper colored one, named Puzzled, is a bit over worked with too many elements in it.  I should have pared it down a bit.  I had added a lot more of the teal/patina color in wax but I didn't like how it looked so I melted it out. 


This next one, Faith, is a little better in it's use of elements but maybe a little dirty looking.  Plus it's missing the flower centers. I'll have to go back to the studio to add them.  



Of the two, I like "Faith" better but the quote in Puzzled seems appropriate for the whole experience:

"What has puzzled us before seems less mysterious, and the crooked paths look straighter." - by Jean Paul Richter

1 comment:

  1. I'm so drawn to your "faith" piece. The richness and depth of the colours you've used conveys strength and conviction. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely comment.


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