New Painting – “Swamp Music”

This new painting is 16×20,” and it was quite a challenge.  I started with a version of the final painting, but it morphed into something wildly different. At one point it was half black.  Then it went to more of a pastel floral.  I turned it to the portrait orientation and there were shellac grass thingies going straight up and off the top.  If you look closely, you can see their ghosts in the middle of the painting from left to right.

My new favourite book, Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin has inspired my encaustic work.  In this book the authors talk about the history that builds up in your painting and how that can show through in the finished piece.  In the past, I probably would have scraped this board bare and started over, but instead of doing that, I kept covering it with white paint when I didn’t like it and resolved to keep going.

“Swamp Music” 16×20″ encaustic mixed media on board
Early success was obliterated and I needed to work my way back to something close to my original idea…

You cannot see a lot of the history in this painting other than the ghosts of those fronds, but it is all there, 30 or so layers of wax, and it all contributed to where I ended up.  I’m very happy with it, at last.  I wish I would have taken pictures of the various iterations, but I only have what I started with and what I finished with.  It doesn’t look like I travelled far, but I assure you the middle was quite an experimental journey!

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