Saturday, October 23, 2010

New encaustic paintings

I've been out of the studio the past two weeks almost. Eight days on the road with artist friends making the galleries and a few museums in Dallas/Fort Worth. No pictures I think since we posted off and on through FaceBook pages.

But, when I got home I so wanted into the studio to get back to my WIP of the two encaustic pieces. Today, was finally THE day.

I have been doing quite a bit of experimentation with graphite powder, oil paint, oil sticks and lots of wax. I think I finally have these two 20 x 20 x 2" panels finished except for a little refining, scraping and fusing.

They do still remind me of that day in Todi in 2006 when a big storm blew in. Up so high in the city, looking down, you got such a view of the dark stormy sky with the landscape almost like an aerial photograph. Not a true depiction of the scene, this is my lasting impression of it.


  1. I just found your blog and appreciate your sharing thoughts, inspirations and process with the outside world.I have some questions. What is "Evan's Holy Grail"? and what is the "nifty scraper from Miles Conrad"? I do a tremendous amount of scraping on my encaustic paintings and would love to try something new.
    Linda Sirow

  2. Hi Linda,
    Thank you for your comments. Evan's Holy Grail is Hylla Evans who owns . And Holy Grail is what she called a ground especially prepared for encaustic painting. It is white and absorbent like gesso...SO I think of it as an encaustic gesso. It doesn't have anything in it that will keep your wax from absorbing into the panel, and yet you can have a white ground IF you want one. I don't always.

    Miles Conrad is also a maker of encaustic supplies and I bought one of his scrapers at the encaustic conference. This particular on is very flat and I can scrape much better with it in my opinion that the razor blades. All scrapers are for different things though so I suppose everyone will have their favorite for their own general purposes. He also has a website a search for the exact URL as he also has a gallery in Tuscon, AZ. Both people have great paints and supplies.

  3. I like this work, thanks for sharing!