Thursday, October 13, 2011

New Autumn Painting

"Autumn Pathway", 24" x 18" encaustic on panel

Below is the photograph I used for the transfer, although I had it printed in black and white. You may notice that the transfer process reverses the image.

I have been focusing on the final details for my upcoming solo show next month and I decided to add a large encaustic painting to the "Pathways and Transition" series. I already had the 24" x 18" encausticbord here at home and thought the autumn pathway in that size would be a welcome addition. (I will also try to make time to paint the winter pathway in a larger size but will have to order another panel). The autumn and winter encaustic paintings I had originally done in this series are only 8" x 8".

I photographed the stages of my image transfer process and you can see how the initial transfer is a simple black and white photo. The paper I use is inexpensive and rips easily but these gaps will not show up once I add colored wax.

After adding initial color to the first layer, it is a building process of fusing wax medium and pigmented wax. In the morning I will decide if I need to make any changes.


  1. Autumn Pathway is really nice. I can see a confidence in the work that comes from experience and joy with the medium.

    Thanks for the progressions. It's good to see the process. I especially like the 'schmeerings' on your large board. There's a raw energy that really trips my trigger.


  2. Sharing the progressions may help me more than anyone else! I definitely am more confident with encaustic now than I was a year ago and this late addition to my series will hopefully show that. Thanks, Don.

  3. Your "Autumn Pathway" is so much more interesting than the original photograph. It's nice seeing the process.

  4. Hallie, let's hope other people who see this body of work think my encaustic and watercolor interpretations are more interesting than the photographs too.

  5. Love the bit of differences you add to really make this piece your own unique composition, Robin. The path leads you into the painting. It is really beautiful!