"Devereux Beach", 8" x 8" mixed media collage
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Etching with Wax
Last month I participated in a "plein air" paint event and I had decided to challenge myself by using the encaustic medium outdoors for the first time. The end result was a not so exciting mixed media collage. I was inspired by the beach, tide, rocks, and sand on the shoreline, but I did not feel I had the "plein air" expertise with encaustic to pull all of these elements together successfully. After retrieving my painting from the month long exhibit I was able to look at it with fresh eyes and I knew exactly what to do. Rather than building up additional layers of wax, I etched into the existing layers and I was able to bring more color into the composition surface. I also got lost in the process and found the repetitive etching marks to be a key addition to the revival of this painting.