This piece is inspired by summer. I'm very happy it's summertime!
For this piece I really worked on layering and building up the imagery and wax. I did it in three different sessions so I could take more time with my ideas and technique. I've learned that it helps me to stop the process for a while and start fresh later. Even though that means turning everything off and letting the wax cool down, I think it helps. It gives me time to plan more and not get swept up in the "heat" of the moment with the hot wax.
I tried a few different engraving techniques on this. I also tried "erasing" parts I didn't like. That is an important skill to learn that they don't teach you in the classes. You can scrape away the bad part and refill it with fresh wax. The hard part is getting it to blend in and look unified with the rest of the piece.
Last month I took an amazing painting workshop with Nicholas Wilton. It was so much fun! I loved it so much and came home so inspired. And then life took over and I didn't get a chance to even pick up a paintbrush again for a month.
This was a stream-of-conciousness type of exercise where I choose words and images that spoke to me, without thinking much about them. I wouldn't have created this if I was planning it out, but now that it's done it does make sense to me.
(I just discovered these tiny-size encaustic boards - 2.5 x 3.5 inches. It's nice to make really small art like this! You can just play
without worrying about messing up a big board. It feels very free.)