Much as I try I can not repeat happy accidents. Since I am fascinated by the bubbles that often happen when waves break on the shore at low tide, I messed around with several hot waxes to achieve this molten effect. Then, just for fun, I dropped into the hot wax several alphabetical letters. Some clients enjoy being puzzled. More often puzzles can annoy.
Inspired by work with far east Indian tapestry. 3 layers of wax scumbled in the middle adds to the jewel like effect.
Layering the hot wax suggests lilacs in the spring sun looking so merry was a new way to work with unusual materials. Hot wax, the encaustic painting medium used in Pompey in the first century to create portraits still exist at the Metropolitan Museum.
Encaustic layers and colored pencils on notched wooden fragments that fit together or hang separately. This is the story. The sun was setting in front of me I was sitting in the car watching the play of twilight colors, then it started to rain in great sheets of fierce water even though the sky was still peach-colored with great clouds. I went home and drew from my memory of that momentary scene and perceptions. You know I feared I would totally forget what I saw in that precious moment. At the hardware store, there were two pieces of shelving in the trash barrel which I retrieved and began to work seriously on this small one-of-a-kind diptych.
We lived near the boatyard so I overlooked the mess all seasons. I decided to make a shrine to these masts swaying in the wind and it even seems to sing with a whining sound.To make a three-piece alter construction and use all sides was my mission. In the center, you can see the masts and inside the winter dressing of the boats and the masts around the outside and even the back there's the sky in the clouds. Of course, to begin I had to find somebody to make the wooden object and soon I made a homemade traditional gesso base. I painted the tryptic on both sides so that it would hold the wax then I began painting and drawing.I think of this piece as one of my masterpieces that stands out from my other work during these 50 years. I hope it will be placed in a public spot preferably a lobby where it can be closed at night. If a client collects encaustics this would be a find as far as I know there is no other piece in this shape in the encaustic medium.