Friday, August 17, 2012
The process of seeing the world through a sheen of wax has inspired me and I'm bubbling over with ideas of things I want to try, both large and small with this technique.
I found an old experimental gyotaku piece I'd done a couple of years ago which reminded me of a fossilized piece. It was a highly textured surface with a print of a smelt on the surface before additional gesso and sand had been added. Additional texture had been added by pressing spinal column bones of fish into the surface, leaving trails of spikes across the surface. The wax gives a wonderful new dimension to paintings and prints like this, diffusing the light and swirling coloured wax over the surface,still allowing the shapes beneath to show through. I still don't know which way up the final piece will be. Logically, perhaps, this should be how it sits, however, a vertical format works well for it too, as well as flipping it horizontally.
I think this may have merit to try a larger gyotaku piece with, embedding the print into the surface. I have some more encaustic wax and damar crystal on its way so that I can make my own as well as use commercially prepared wax. That way I can ensure I have the colours I want for the pieces I have in mind.
Meanwhile this piece 6" x 12" shows the range of colour and depth that can be achieved with encaustic wax over other mediums.