encaustic on birch 12x24
Here's one of the complete swimmers from this post. She is finally done. I've been working on my getting the faces better - new colors, new thoughts. That in itself takes time. When I say that, what it really means is slowing down and taking the time in a more methodical way. Its easy to put paint on a painting - but it takes thoughtfulness to put paint on a painting in a way that brings life straight from the brush to the surface on which you work. It doesn't matter what the subject matter is - but I find there is a huge difference in the works where it seems as if the artist is one with the brush and each stroke is added lovingly to complete the picture.
I'm going to be away from my wax studio for a couple of weeks. Instead of just shutting down, like I have in the past, I'm actually going to embark on a new journey - even if for only a couple of weeks. As, I said, I am going to work on my faces and practice while I am away. I'm also, going to attempt a run at water soluble oil paints. I'm really looking forward to it... going in with a little apprehension, in that as much fun as it is to be a beginner, its not fun either. I figured the more practice I get in mixing colors and painting faces - the better. If any of you have great tips and tricks for working with water soluble oil paints - do share, really. I need all the help I can get. I'll be here next week and show you what I've been up to. Paint on!