Thursday, August 11, 2011

End of Summer, II

One of the goals I set for myself this summer was to paint with wax on a larger scale. I wanted to continue working on the Water Life series and to build a strong body of work with hopes of featuring this series of paintings at the upcoming Paradise City show in October. I achieved my goal this week.

"End of Summer II", 18" x 24" encaustic painting completed yesterday

"End of Summer I", 18" x 24" encaustic painting completed earlier this week

After painting the first seascape I thought it would be impressive if I created a second piece that could work as a diptych as well as on it's own. Either way I place the paintings together (see below), the colors are slightly off and although the flow of the waves does work, there is a warm serenity in one painting, and cold turbulence in the other. I decided to put each of these in a simple black floater frame and when I am setting up the entire body of Water Life paintings at the show I can then decide the best display.

It's hard to believe school will be back in session several weeks from now and the easy days of summer will come to an end. I feel depleted from the many hours spent working on these two paintings. I plan on resting for the next few days, and will wait to see where my creative juices take me next.


  1. These are both very different but look really good together. I like the larger size.

  2. Oddly enough, some schools have already started here, and some start next week, some the week after that. Earlier and earlier! Still and yet, I think it is a good place for kids to be (I'd always be in school had I my druthers). Anyway, Robin, I love your description of these two pieces and now that you've said (warm vs. cold) it, I can so see it. You've made me want to swim in those waters on the right side of the diptych and stand at the shore and just watch the waters do their thing on the left side of the piece. I love them paired next to each other and I don't see much difference in the colors...they look natural to me, the general shifting of the sands so to speak and the natural changes in atmosphere. I love them!

  3. I am finding the larger size comfortable and will keep at it, thanks Nancy.

    Even though the colors are different, I think it makes for an interesting combination, Sherry, although I may actually do a 3rd painting to blend the warm and cool tones more gradually... just an idea floating around in my hear for now, thanks.

  4. I do like the top side-by-side display; sort of rough seas to calm. I think you idea is a good one--separate frames and decide later.

    When I finish a painting or sculpture, I always feel wiped out for a couple of days. Have a good rest.

  5. These are both cool, Robin! When I first looked at them I liked "End of Summer II" best. Then, after a second look I decided I liked "...I" better. Either way, the larger size seems to be working quite well for you.

    I like how the top arrangement works with the 'turbulent' one on the left and the 'serene' one on the right. It has a nice flow that 'reads' from left to right.


  6. Still in resting mode, Hallie... summer vacation ends on Wednesday when one of my daughter's comes home from a summer away.

    I keep playing with the order of viewing these 2 paintings Don and I am glad I can keep changing back and forth. The colors are a closer match than what you see in these photographs (which makes them flow either way). Thanks.

  7. Your water series are my favorite. I like them as a diptych. I'm sure they will do well any way you display them.
    School has already started here. Glad I don't have to deal with that anymore.

  8. I was able to take advantage of a summer without school commitments, Eva, and painted a ton, but I am ready for it to end. I love the fall season.