"After the Storm", 6 x 6 encaustic painting
Yesterday I was inspired by the beauty of the snow. Today I wanted to try to recapture the stark winter palette of colors, and the brittle branches coated with ice and snow.
I used the photo above as a reference although because I took it today, the sun was out and the sky was blue. The contrasts were great, but I needed to change the color to black and white in order to focus on using minimal color. When I paint on square panels I crop and change the composition of my photos slightly so I decided to also do an un-cropped smaller version, seen below.
2.5 x 3.5 encaustic painting, another version of the same place
My encaustic "plan" had been to continue working on the ocean and sky paintings that I started last month because I am learning how to use the wax in new ways but there is something very liberating about not sticking to a plan. Often I have to remind myself to continue to "go with the flow".