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 Monet? 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.
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!
This encaustic is for sale in my Etsy shop.
So, you see water has many moods depending on colour, application and ultimately, subject matter.