Small Studies

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finished

These pieces are really small. Just 4″ x 4 1/4″, both are so far just casein. I started with a dark blue stock, crinkled ups tissue paper and then painted over the tissue with casein. When it was almost dry I lifted put the tissue paper. These were taken from photos, but I didn’t do an under sketch, I just boldly put down the paint! Yikes! For me, that is a little scary, but also liberating! I am thinking of keeping the daisy in all casein, the sea urchin I am going to work on top of with colored pencil and maybe graphite…or maybe just graphite!

I may force myself into working without sketching ahead by only working on the darker grounds.

unfinished

unfinished

Sea Urchin

seaurchinencaustic

Encaustic paint, photo on stone, with coral found on Pond Island in Maine

About 2″ x 3 1/2″

I wanted to see how a photograph would do on stone. I love working on the stone in encaustic. Unlike other substrates, the stone really absorbs the heat and stays hot for quite awhile. Because of that, you get a little more time with the paint. The wax stayed nice and hot…but not liquid while I placed the bits of coral around the image. I will try some more of these. The big problem, just like any substrate that you are adding photos to, is the air pocket issue. I like the idea of incorporating found objects.