Encaustics: love ’em or hate ’em?

Bees (look closely, they’re a little unusual)!

My lovely husband gave me an encaustic “starter set” for Christmas, and I have been experimenting with them for the last few months.  Encaustics can be very ethereal and the colors can be amazing- but apparently only in the hands of practiced professionals!  I’ve found them to be maddening.  The colors are tantalizing- beautiful vibrant neons…  but the layering of the waxes reminds me of oil painting somehow. 


I need more time and more patience, plus I don’t like a lot of “redoing”.  Maybe that’s why I’m a fan of inks- it’s “all or nothing”.  However, I’m not ready to give up yet!  I have a few paintings that are closer to what I’m trying to say (that’s a WHOLE ‘nother story). 

And I love playing with collaged images…




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