Monday, April 14, 2008

another good color family, including black and grey - ISU

These colors are made of Indian Yellow, Sepia and Ultramarine Blue. They are all encaustic sticks from R&F Paints. Sepias can be quite different across brands so using another brand of Sepia might make quite a difference. This is a kind of low key color family. The sepia lowers the brilliance but it's still an interesting bunch of colors. There is some white, probably Titanium, in a few of the last four swatches.

the blacks -

the 3 original colors -

some interesting stops -

Sunday, April 13, 2008

wax and encaustic I'm working on now

The wax shells are pretty delicate. I mentioned them with a photo in a previous post and said I'd find something to do with them. I have. This is the first way I have found to commit the wax shells. The details on this piece are
19"h x 33" x 2 1/2", wax shells on encaustic on panel. The panel is mounted in a steel, fabricated L bar frame.

Here is a bit of a statement about this work -

"Bass Notes"
The luminous, delicate, 3 Dimensional, round shells of wax against the flat, irregularily lined background constrast the variations to be found in some music. The bass rhythms float and seem almost airy - thus the pale colored bass notes that anchor the piece - while the rest of the music cavorts in its various, intersecting paths.

and a detail of the shells -

some favorite visuals -

So, what do you see in the world and say to yourself, "That's really beautiful."? Here are some of my favorites -
- big flakes of snow coming straight down - no wind
- the architecture of trees in winter
- the line of a water horizon
- the soft fogginess you see while riding a chairlift in a cloud
- screen behind screen - ya gotta love those moire patterns
- the clear, icy pink color of a perfect Cosmopolitan
- first seasonal view of Orion, early morning in the late fall
- raindrops on a lotus leaf
- the view while standing on a mountain above the tree line looking at the blue sky and other snow capped mountains
- the Huron River when the water is silver and smooth like mercury