Saturday, March 6, 2010

Autumn Pathway, comparing versions

Autumn Pathway, 8 x 8 encaustic image transfer (photo used here is slightly different from the photo shown below)

Autumn pathway, photo

Autumn Pathway, 24 x 18 watercolor painting

I woke up this morning and knew I still had some work to do on my painting. I could see where the trees on the left needed more volume and I also felt there should be more details in the front right corner. I ended up adding more shadows in the distant part of the path as well and hopefully there is a greater feeling of depth and movement.

What I didn't realize until I took the time to look closely at the photograph I used for my encaustic was that I had chosen a different snapshot for my image transfer than the one I used for the watercolor. The two photos are so similar but because I am putting a show together with the theme being the transition of art mediums starting with a photograph, then interpreting it as a watercolor painting, and then as an encaustic image transfer, I feel it is key to have the exact same photo for both painted versions. Guess what I am going to be doing for the rest of the weekend?!


  1. lol... well now you have an extra painting that will come in useful somewhere down the road! I think your concept of comparative media is really interesting. I'd love to be able to see the show.

  2. I've used the same photo for paintings in different mediums before but never committed to doing a series using 2 mediums. I can't wait to see them finished. Both of these paintings are lovely but I especially like the watercolor. I want to walk on that path and enjoy the sunlight.

  3. Deborah, I posted my "re-do" encaustic, boy did I feel dumb when I realized my first encaustic was painted from the wrong photo!

    Nancy - thank you for noticing the watercolor, it is my new favorite painting (for now). By the way, your paintings are amazing and I visit your blog regularly. :)