Thursday, July 7, 2011

Swept Away

"Swept Away", 11" x 14" encaustic painting

Below is a photograph I took on July 4th when I was at the beach, I knew it would inspire me with my next encaustic painting.

The lazy days of summer have arrived. No schedules, lots of sun and surf, and I have come to realize I am in the midst of creating a new series of encaustic paintings. I have been observing the tides since last winter but now I am able to notice so many different hues of color.

My goal will be to work on a slightly larger scale, I already have 12" x 12" and 18" x 24" panels. Once I use those I will consider ordering a 22" x 30" panel (the same size I am comfortable using with watercolor) but I need to ease my way into this. I also realize that I am going to need to order much larger quantities of wax medium!

Below are some of my other encaustic paintings that could work in this new series, I am not sure what to call it (have any suggestions?) but for now I am thinking "Sea and Sky".


  1. I can't even imagine where you might soar by the end of this summer. This is a beautiful series.

  2. Great life in these encaustics!

    Call them (my opinion) water life.

  3. Not sure if I will/can only paint pieces that fit into this series of work, Hallie. I want to avoid feeling pressure so who knows what will happen next.

    I love the name, "Water Life" Casey, you don't mind if I end up using it, right? Thanks for the suggestion.

  4. Awesome work, I love all the movement in these pieces!

  5. I love the raw energy of "Swept Away". It's interesting to look through the entire series and see how different and how similar they are to each other. My first thought for a series title was "Water Works". I see Casey used the word water in his suggestion, too, and I really like it as well.


  6. A gorgeous series and for once I am at a loss for words. That third piece down is especially exquisite!

  7. Glad the wax beach artist likes my beach paintings!

    I appreciate the title suggestion Don, definitely going to use the word "water" when I name the series. One of the things I love about painting with wax is the movement and energy that can be re-created which is why I have been so attracted toward painting the ocean.

    Thank you Sherry.