encaustic, graphite and oil on birch 10x10
Fall is here and my walks are full of rich colors and layers. Encaustic painting really excels in allowing beautiful layering in paintings. I have been experimenting with using powdered graphite recently. It really does some amazing things on the wax. Although it is kind of messy and sticky to everything, the ability to shade and create interesting depth adds a new dimension to things. Plus, I really love the subtle grays it produces. I'm also finding the fine lines I can get using an exacto knife in the wax is adding another aspect to getting more detail with a medium that tends to be a little cranky when it comes to fine lines.
For those of you interested in the process - the background is laid in with graphite and the fine drawn graphite lines are actually done on tissue paper and added to the painting. The colors are wax and the white leaves are carved with the exacto knife and the line work highlighted with oil stick.
I hope those of you in the Northern hemisphere are getting out and enjoying Mother Nature's amazing display of fall and all its beautiful colors and layers.
Happy Friday everyone!