Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Different aspects of water

For the first time for quite a while I am in the right mood to put iron to canvas!  The wonder of encaustics is that you might have an idea of a subject matter but how it will evolve is up to the waxes on the day.

For the first painting I used my hot air gun.  Ooooh the power!   Well, actually, the heat.  I am always very conscious of where I place the gun once I have used it.  I really wouldn’t want to set the house on fire!

Whilst I was blowing the waxes around on the canvas and using different colours the idea of water lilies came to mind.  I am always amazed to discover how diverse water lilies can be in colour.  Remember the famous painting by the artist imageMonet?  Here is his interpretation of the subject.  I love the softness of this painting.

Now here is my interpretation.  A very different view but I still feel that the title Water Lilies is right for this encaustic.

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Interestingly enough, I only searched out Monet’s painting after I had completed mine.  This painting is for sale on Artfire.com

 

In complete contrast but still using water as my main ‘prop’ I painted this one entitled Sail Boats.  I loved the feeling of release and freedom that the sea and sky offer to the lone sailor.  Just enough breeze to keep the boats moving!

close up another

This encaustic is for sale in my Etsy shop.

So, you see water has many moods depending on colour, application and ultimately, subject matter.

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22 comments:

the 6 o'clock stitch said...

Lovely to meet you! Your sailboats are BEAUTIFUL! Just added them to my favorites. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your kind words. I love meeting new friends. Have a wonderful morning.

Blessings...

Lisa R said...

Beautiful. I especially love the first one.

storybeader said...

it's beautiful! love the colors and subjects!

Gregorio said...

Really nice pieces and great color choices.BTW photos don't do that Monet any justice there is no replacement for seeing these great works of art in person.Your work is really quite wonderful.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Pat,
Monet is one of my all time favorite painting master. His works are really extraordinary and brilliant. Together with Renoir and Cezanne, they form the great impressionists triumvirate of the 19th century. Thanks for featuring Monet in your post. I love your new creations. We might have a part two of your artworks in my blog. Thanks for the post. God bless you always.

On a Whimsey said...

Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments - they are so appreciated!

One Creative Queen said...

Beautiful, as always! I love what you do. I just bought my first set of encaustic waxes but have been too busy playing with other media to even get them out of the box. I'm totally inspired by you - you make me want to go grab them and get to work!

Then I stop and take a breath...realizing that whatever I create will be very, very sad in comparison to your work...and I get intimidated. But then inspired again. lol I'm going to really try to play with them this week.

Thanks for inspiring (and intimidating) me! The intimidation is more of a challenging type - not a negative type. :)

xo,
Katherine

trish said...

I love those water lilies! are the flower buds also encaustic or are the collaged onto your painting. I like the diggerent values in the water. Thanks for visiting my blog

SlogBite said...

Beautiful pictures, I just stopped by to say hi.

On a Whimsey said...

Just wanted to mention that all my paintings are entirely created with wax. The buds are created with metalic silver wax which has been added using a hot stylus.

Thanks for your kind comments!

agoodwitchtoo said...

Absolutely beautiful!

BTW... you were the winner of the $15 Gift Certificate to my shop! Congrats!

Connect with your Teens said...

Beautiful paintings. I love Monet. My favorite style of art is impressionism.

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Judith Stadler said...

Love your work, Pat. I have a special place in my heart for water being that I grew up by the ocean. And you've captured the essence of water beautifully. Thank you for your comments on my blog. How did you find me? Let's keep in touch.

Gifts of Creation said...

very beautiful work!!

byrheea said...

Your version of the water lilies is nice too! Like the color and the softness of the painting.

Thanks for entering to my giveaway :)

Rheea

Sheila said...

I love the moods of water. I'm fortunate to live by a river and every time I walk by, it's different. You pictures, most especially the little sailing boats, are fantastic!

I've arrived via the SlogBite game. :)

Mike said...

Hi Pat,thanks for stopping by my blog. Love your paintings,Ive never seen anyone paint with wax before but love the result.

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askcherlock said...

Your subtle use of colors is wonderful. Quite a talent you have! Monet has always been one of my favorites. You certainly do justice to the style. More, more...

Lara Lutrick said...

Wow, these are really beautiful.

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