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encaustic wax painting with my sister

I'm in Portland now, for Stumptown comics festival this weekend, but while my sister and I were at her house in Seattle, she showed me how to do some encaustic painting with beeswax and oil paint. Here's a collage picture we did together; I really like how the textures and colours came out.

As a side note, I was digging through some old photos at my parents' house and found this picture of Mary and me, painting together at the kitchen table when we were a bit younger. (That's Mary on the right.)

Here's the first encaustic painting I did, of an outraged beaver, like the one I drew in my last post for the Stumptown comic.

I drew this one very fast and it came out way better than another picture I did of an armadillo, where I spent way more time on it. I think big, simple shapes work better with encaustic painting than detailed drawings. My sister had me look at work by Janet Miller, who does some great stuff with simple shapes and very limited palettes.

I love that my sister has all the gear, so I can try out stuff. Here's her hot plate where we melted the beeswax. We painted the wax over some ripped-up map paper to give the surface some texture.

And here's Mary's oil painting station, where we added paint on top of the texture.

You can see the plain beeswax coating in the sky of this picture before we painted it. I like how it makes everything go a bit sepia coloured.

I'm sad my sister and I don't get more chances to make stuff together, but it's fabulous when it happens.


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Apr. 21st, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks! I've just been looking through my parents' photo albums and taking snapshots of loads more of them. I'm holding back from posting them all at once, they make me laugh so much.
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'd love to learn encaustic techniques! That looks like tremendous fun!
Apr. 21st, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
It is fun! I've only scratched the surface of it, you can do a lot more with pigments, and we were just coating the surface with plain wax and oil painting on top of it. But the wax can give the coolest textures and luminescence.
Apr. 21st, 2011 03:10 am (UTC)
It's great to see you and Mary working together!

ANd you two were so cute as kids! YOu look like little versions of the grown ups I know. It's almost unbearable.
Apr. 21st, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
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Ha ha, thanks, David! It was great to see you and Leeann in Portland, wish we could've had more time to hang out and maybe do some artwork together. Thanks so much for coming down! I'll post those photos soon of you and Ellen as Gainsbourg and Birkin, those are so funny.
Dec. 3rd, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
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