Lesson learned from this piece: While encaustic art looks like it should be a flowing, spontaneous process, it actually takes a lot of planning and order. It is a lot like printmaking with how you have to plan out all your layers. Hopefully I can do that better on my next piece.
Another lesson learned: When a fire extinguisher falls on your bare foot, it really hurts!!
I can't believe I did another encaustic piece! I used to think I needed two free hours to make it worth setting up, melting the wax, etc. So I rarely did encaustics because I practically never have two free hours!
But now I squeeze it in even if I only have a free half-hour. I turn on the griddle and fan, open the windows and go for it. It's helping me get a lot more done!
(With this I wanted to see if I could make a night scene but still make it bright and cheery. Not sure it worked...)
I love the time around the new year because it encourages reflection of the past and looking forward to the future.
I keep a journal of my goals for the year so I can look back and see what I've done (and see what I still need to work on.) I never make progress as quickly as I like, but it helps motivate me to have it in writing.
A consistent goal of mine every year is to Make More Art! I hope 2014 is a good year for that!
(And last year I wrote that I wanted to be competent in encaustics by March 2014. I need to get busy on that. Time is ticking...)
By an amazing and shocking twist of fate I actually had a few free hours with no one home and nothing I had to do. So I decided to play around with encaustics and experiment and try out new things.
I remembered that Daniella Woolf, in her great book The Encaustic Studio, says "You can always break the rules (we know you want to-- you're an artist!)..." So I did decide to break some rules and it was really FUN!
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I also am inspired in rule-breaking by this awesome video by Lori Field. I think her encaustics are amazing and I LOVE how she just pours hot wax all over the floor (in her socks!) and makes such a mess while creating such beautiful art. Total inspiration for messy souls, like myself.
This has definitely become a theme for me-- creating little worlds that I wish our world was more like. Of course, I love our world, but I do think it could use a little less war and crime, more rainbows and bunnies.
This is the first chance I've had to do encaustics since the workshop I took in September. I really noticed a difference in my control of the wax. The workshop really helped! It was taught at Wax Works West by Lisa Kairos.
I think I learned most just by watching the calm, methodical way Lisa worked. I used to feel like I had to rush with encaustics, because the wax was melting, the torch was hot, etc. I would get kind of frenzied and hurried. But Lisa was so calm and orderly, it was like she was kneading bread dough. There was no urgency or pressure. She was in total control.
Seeing her process really changed the whole way I approached encaustics today. That is a sign of a great workshop!